Thursday, 31 December 2015

The 1st/5th Bedfords Leave the Coast

Friday 31st December 1915: yesterday the 1st/5th Bedfords left Sidi-Bishr, a suburb of Alexandria, moving some miles south-east to the town of Damanhur, taking over a barracks from the 1st Composite Battalion, 29th Division(1). Presumably this is the beginning of a deployment towards the Suez Canal far away to the east, which must be protected at all costs from Turkish attack.

Source: X550/6/8

(1) This Division did not leave Gallipoli until January 1916 so this battalion, presumably, was made up of reinforcements and those who had been wounded and sick and had recovered or who had been detached for some other reason.

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