Thursday 25 May 2017

Bathing in Sandbags

Friday 25th May 1917

We have more news from the 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment in Palestine. Yesterday they found working parties - a total of 1,740 man hours across the battalion. During the day work continued on improving their bivouacs - one ingenious feature was to make a bath of sandbags, covered with waterproof sheets. In such hot conditions one may readily perceive the pleasure of a cool bath after work and one gallon of precious water was allotted to every three men who were enabled by washing themselves first and their straining off the soapsuds in a straw "trap" to wash their clothes also.

Source: X550/6/8

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