Tuesday 27 June 2017

Another Incident Involving a Grenade

Wednesday 27th June 1917

The 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment has been in a camp near Roclincourt, north of Arras. Tonight they are going back into the front line near Oppy. This evening grenades were being issued prior to the move and an accident took place resulting in detonation of one of the bombs. In the closely-packed confines of the communication trench sixteen men were wounded, though none fatally.

Lieutenant E F Hansen, who is in charge of the Battalion’s Lewis gunners left for the trenches at 2.30 this afternoon. He is currently arranging for guides from the battalion which the Bedfords are going to relieve, to guide the Battalion to their positions.

Source: X550/2/5

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