Sunday 21 May 2017

Too Hot to Work

The Quartermaster's Office from The History of the Fifth Battalion Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (TA)

Monday 21st May 1917

Your correspondent is able to enjoy regular telegraph time at the moment, meaning he can keep in touch with the only front-line battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment not in France, 1st/5th Battalion which is in Palestine. It transpires that yesterday the Battalion attended church parade at 7.30 a.m. along with 1st/11th Battalion, London Regiment, with Holy Communion for those who wished it at 10.30.

The day seems to have become something of an involuntary, though welcome, holiday. At the moment the battalion is under the orders of the General Officer Commanding 53rd (Welsh) Division. Divisional headquarters had ordered working parties but decided to cancel these. This was because of a phenomenon called the Khamsene - a hot, dusty wind which makes the weather too hot for work.

Source: X550/6/8

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