Friday 30 December 2016

A Much Needed Rest

Saturday 30th December 1916: From our Correspondent in the Field

Captain Bridcutt, adjutant of the 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment tells me that during this month the battalion has been in rest billets enjoying a much needed rest after the Somme battle. They have been organising, refitting, training specialists, training drafts, giving special instruction to young officers, NCOs, indifferent shots and all specialists such as bombers, snipers, Lewis gunners, runners and signallers.

The general routine has been to work extremely hard from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily followed by games in the afternoon. Lectures, concerts, boxing, entertainments and other forms of enjoyment have been indulged in every evening. All this has resulted in the battalion appearing very “Smart, merry and bright and very fit for fighting”.

Source: X550/8/1

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