Sunday 15 January 2017

No Rest ...

Monday 15th January 1917

8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment are mostly resting in huts at Noyelles-lès-Vermelles resting. The exception is one company closer to the front line at Lancashire Trench. The adjutant has contacted me today to say that at 10.30 this morning they were all ordered to stand to and another company was sent up to support a planned attack. He went on, somewhat ruefully that “as expected” the attack was cancelled but the unlucky company will not return to rest until tomorrow. The weather has been frightful and this, no doubt, was the reason for the attack’s cancellation.

 Second Lieutenant H D Chester [X550/1/81]

The adjutant of 2nd Battalion tells me that Second Lieutenant H D Chester was due back from leave today. Unfortunately, however, he was been admitted to the Southern General Hospital in Bristol.

Sources: X550/9/1; X550/3/WD

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