Saturday, 8 April 2017

The Regiment at Easter

Easter Sunday 8th April 1917

The 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment have spent Easter Sunday on the move. On Saturday they moved from Allouagne, west of Béthune to Bruay-la-Buissiere and this evening they have arrived in Cambligneul between Béthune and Arras. Here they are acting as part of a reserve to the Canadian Corps a few miles away to the east on Vimy Ridge. Major R le Huquet has joined the battalion as second-in-command.

The 2nd Battalion, meanwhile, had an exciting night. About 2.15 am the enemy tried to rush one of their advanced posts just west of the village of Saint-Martin-sur-Cojeul, shown by the blue cross on the map above, but were repulsed.Tonight, the adjutant reports, the commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel H S Poyntz is not at all well and will probably have to go to hospital. His brother is currently away from the Battalion, so Captain R O Wynne will assume command(1).

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

(1) This illness occurred a few hours before the Battalion went into action in the opening hours of the Battle of Arras

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