Saturday, 12 December 2015

1st/5th Bedfords Bound for Egypt

Lemnos (from The History of the Fifth Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire regiment (TA)) 

Sunday 12th December 1915: The adjutant of the 1st/5th Bedfords, currently at Portianou on Lemnos, tells us that orders have been received to embark with the rest of 54th (East Anglian) Division for Alexandria. It looks as if they will be continuing their fight against the Turk in Egypt rather than on Turkish home soil. The Turks hold positions in Palestine which threaten Egypt and with it the Suez Canal, the essential link between this country and our possessions in India and the Orient and so the country must be well garrisoned and defended. 

Source: X550/6/8

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