Tuesday 20th February 1917 from our correspondent in the field
We have hear d today from the adjutant of 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment that they have been re-organised along lines ordered by general Headquarters. It seems that Battalion Headquarters, which includes the Battalion Transport and the Quarter Master’s troops, has been reduced to 150 all ranks plus an attachment of sixteen snipers and sixteen drummers.
Each of the battalion’s four companies has also been reorganized. Each company now consists of a headquarters of fourteen and four platoons of four sections, as before, but each of these sections now has a different composition. Number 1 Section comprises riflemen and rifle-grenadiers, Number 2 Section is entirely Lewis gunners and snipers, Number 3 Section is composed completely of bombers and Number 4 Section a mixture of riflemen and rifle-grenadiers as Number 1 Section.
This new organization, no doubt, will be true of every infantry battalion in the army from now on.