Monday, 21 December 2015

2nd Bedfords leave 7th Division

Tuesday 21st December 1915: The adjutant of the 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment tells us that their Brigade, 21st, left 7th Division, with which they have been since landing in France in October 1914, two days ago. They are now part of the newly arrived 30th Division which otherwise consists of pals battalions – units comprised of men who signed up from the same localities. Those of 30th Division form part of Manchester Regiment and King’s (Liverpool) Regiment.

The commander of 7th Division, Major-General Watts, a previous commander of 21st Brigade said: “In taking leave of the 21st Infantry Brigade the Divisional Commander wishes to express his regret that it should have become necessary, in the interest of the Army, to part with the Brigade with which he has been so long associated. He also wishes to express his admiration for the magnificent services which the battalions of this Brigade have rendered since the 7th Division landed in Belgium, and his confidence that they will continue to maintain the same high standards of gallantry and efficiency in the new formation to which they are going. He wishes them the best of luck and success in the future".

Source: X550/3/wd

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