Thursday 30th September 1915: Whilst the fighting at Loos has been raging those veterans of Mons, le Cateau, the Marne, First Battle of Ypres and Hill 60, the 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment have been enjoying themselves in a quiet part of the line – the area newly taken over from the French just north of the River Somme.
They have been sending out constant patrols at night to observe the enemy, learn what work they are undertaking and damage their defences wherever possible. The Battalion has erected numerous dummy sniper posts in the hope of attracting enemy sniper fire, which may be observed and answered, thus making the hunters into the hunted. The adjutant tells us: “The dummy posts attract a gratifying amount of attention from the enemy's marksmen”. Since 25th of September, the day the Battle of Loos opened, the Battalion has lost one man killed and two wounded.