Thursday 6 October 2016

Day Ninety Eight on the Somme

Friday 6th October 1916 From our Correspondent in the Field

The adjutant of 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, has wired to say that they are at Hédeauville and on their way to the front line on the Somme by way of Mailly-Maillet.

Meanwhile the 1st Battalion are near Festubert where they will be entering the front line within the next few days. They have been joined by Captain J J Moyse. The adjutant told me: “Owing to heavy casualties during the recent fighting and the consequent shortage of trained Lewis gunners and bombers, a school was started today in conjunction with the Officer Commanding 16th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire, Regiment for the rapid training of sufficient of these me to hold the line.

Sources: X550/2/5;  X550/5/3

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