Sunday 6 August 2017

Seventh Day of the Third Battle of Ypres

Monday 6th August 1917

Yesterday the enemy were able to grab part of the front line held by 24th Division. Today 24th Division took it back again, to the happiness of everyone in the army. However, the enemy seems obsessed with the hamlet of Hollebeke and again made an attack on it during the course of the day, only to be defeated again. One would have thought by now that the penny may have dropped with the enemy that our chaps are in control there now and will not be budging.

Scouts from the 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment have again reconnoitred the route up to the wire on the front line. Officers also went up to insure that no mistake takes place when the battalion moves up to the line either to counter-attack or relieve the garrison in the front line. A practice standing-to was ordered at 5.30 this evening. B Company reported ready to move off at 5.40 and was duly congratulated upon this fine performance.

We have heard by wire that 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, has a new commanding officer. Lieutenant-Colonel Robertson has left to command 1st/4th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment and the new commander is Major R le Huquet.

Source: X550/8/1; X550/9/1

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