Tuesday, 20 December 2016

1st Bedfords at Cuinchy


Wednesday 20th December 1916: From our Correspondent in the Field

The 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, we understand, has relieved the 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment in the support line at Cuinchy, a village on the banks of the Aire Canal, just south of Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée and east of Béthune.

A Company is garrisoning Mountain, Stafford and Cuinchy Keeps, C and D Companies are in a trench called Harley Street (at the left-hand side of the map above) and B Company in Esperanto Terrace. Much use is made of tunnels to travel to and from the front line as the ground is extremely flat. Consequently a detail of 25 men has been detached permanently to help construct and maintain tunnels.

Source: X550/2/5

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