The 1st Battalion is near the old 1915 battleground at Festubert. Plans have been made for a group of eighty men under Captain C A S Morris to enter the enemy's trenches, bomb his dug-outs, kill as many Germans and do as much damage as possible. The plan is as described below
They will enter at points shown on the map above as silently as possible with four parties. A Bangalore torpedo detachment will accompany each party, in the event of the wire proving too thick. On entering the trench a stop will be formed (to prevent enemy reinforcements reaching the attackers) and the remainder of the party will attack inwards, using the bayonet and bombing their way, if strongly opposed. The rear parties following on the same line and close on the heels of the leading party will continue along the line of the ditch until reaching support trench at the points shown. On reaching these points they will form a block and attack inwards.
Each party will consist of an officer and four groups of one NCO and four men each. No.1 group will consist of bombers and wire cutters; No.2 group will be a Lewis gun detachment. Nos.3 and 4 groups will be bayonet men and bombers. The leader of each group will carry a torch. Faces will be blacked. Bayonets will be dulled with soot and oil. Each man will carry two bombs in each pocket and there will be a wire-cutter to every two men. To avoid rattling, oil bottles will not be carried in the rifles. Equipment will not be worn. One bandolier of ammunition will be carried. The men have been reminded that they should not give any information if captured, beyond that of their number, name and regiment. No letters or diaries will be carried by anyone.
At the end of this month, 8th Bedfords, who suffered so greatly in September, have recovered their strength. They currently have 30 officers and 780 other ranks. This month they have lost 2 officers and 46 other ranks killed, one officer and 65 other ranks wounded. 135 men have gone to hospital sick and 58 have returned.