Sir Douglas Haig
Wednesday 12th January 1916: the 7th Battalion are out of the front line at the moment resting in the town of Méaulte(1). Some excitement was occasioned yesterday by news that the Commander-in-Chief, Sir Douglas Haig, was in the vicinity. However, he did not pay a visit to the Bedfords on this occasion. When a visit is paid by a high ranking officer such as this the men naturally feel honoured but it is also a lot of work, so perhaps their feelings were mixed!
(1) A town in which Exocet missiles are now produced.