Saturday 17th October 1914: Private T. Farmer, with 2nd
, tells us that their division has so
far captured fifty Germans together with their horses. Our contact with the 1st
Battalion tells us they have returned to their previous position near
Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée: “I inspected the ground in front and saw the remains of
the Bedfords Dorsets’ retirement of the 13th October
and the Royal Field Artillery Battery”.
“The field was simply littered with dead. I found a gunner, who had gone mad, wandering all over the ground where his
been; he was a most pathetic sight. I picked up, quite close to where one of
the guns had been, an officer’s haversack with a compass in it”.