Wednesday 10 May 2017

New Officers and Football

Second Lieutenant Page [X550/1/81]

Thursday 10th May 1917

There has been no fighting around Bullecourt today, nor over the rest of the Arras battlefield. Yesterday night the 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment moved forward to occupy a line east of Willerval and Farbus Station to prevent any further advances by the enemy. The Battalion has only four hundred men (about forty per-cent strength). Overnight they were heavily shelled with gas and tear shells, a few men suffering minor discomfort.

Meanwhile 2nd Battalion, thirty miles west of Arras at Buire-au-Bois have had some reinforcements. 9357 Sergeant P A Page has been promoted from the ranks, as has been common with the battalion this year, and Second Lieutenant A D Greenwood and Second Lieutenant A D Barnetson have joined from England(1). C Company played D Squadron of the Bedfordshire Yeomanry at football and won by three goals to one.

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

(1) Greenwood would die on 30th August 1918.

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