Saturday 20 May 2017

Setting Up a New Home

Colonel Brighten and his tent from History of the Fifth Battalion Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (TA)

Sunday 20th May 1917

Yesterday 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, near Gaza in Palestine, had to set up their new bivouacs behind the lines. Their allotted area consists of about 200 yards of a dry gully with four small branches about 40 yards long off it as well as the flat ground between these arms. For the next few days, much sanitary work including the erection of incinerators, latrines, baths and the dugouts will have to be sprayed with fly solution.

The Battalion, with the 1st/11th Battalion, London Regiment (54th (East Anglian) Division), 1st/1st Battalion, Herefordshire Regiment (53rd (Welsh) Division) and 6th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers (53rd Division) are all in the same area and are placed under the orders of the General Officer Commanding 53rd Division (Major-General Stanley F Mott) in a general reserve, organised for tactical purposes as a composite brigade under the command of the Bedfords’ commanding officer Lieutenant-Colonel E W Brighten.

Source: X550/6/8

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