Saturday 8 July 2017

Battalion Round-Up

Zillebeke Lake

Sunday 8th July 1917

7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment have indeed, as rumour had it, ended up at Ypres. Today they have been burying telephone cables south of Zillebeke Lake, east of the city. They have endured considerable shelling whilst at their task but have suffered no casualties.

8th Battalion are in the trenches at Hulluch again, on the old Loos battlefield. Though often dubbed a “quiet sector” because there has been no major fighting for nearly two years in reality it is anything but. Here the front lines are so close that there is always some form of petty spite going on between the rival armies.

Sources: X550/8/1; X550/9/1

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