Wednesday 21 December 2016

Sick Officers

Second Lieutenant Timberlake

Thursday 21st December 1916: From our Correspondent in the Field

The adjutant of the 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, tells us that the Battalion has spent the day carrying ammunition for light and medium trench mortars up to the front line at Cuinchy.

2nd Battalion, in the front line at Berles-au-Bois reports that three officers – Second Lieutenants F Hague, R Timberlake and C R Hall have all been struck off strength. The cold and damp in the trenches has meant that all three are seriously ill and have been evacuated to England(1).

Sources: X550/2/5; X550/3/wd

(1) Second Lieutenant Roy Timberlake would be killed in action with 4th Battalion on 27th July 1917 – he is buried at Bailleul Road East Cemetery, Saint-Laurent-Blangy.

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