Saturday 8th January 1916: The 2nd Bedfords are currently leaving Naours in France for Pont-Noyelles. Since 19th December they have been part of 89th Infantry Brigade of 30th Division, having previously been part of 7th Division. From today, however, they will form part of 90th Infantry Brigade, still part of 30th Division. Their division has also changed corps, now forming part of X Corps.
Changes of corps are relatively routine but changes to the brigade (which contains four battalions) and division (which contains three brigades) are much less so. Divisions are the major building block comprising our armies in France and it is to these, almost as much as their regiment and battalion, that a soldier looks for a sense of identity.