Wednesday 23 August 2017

Twenty Fourth Day of the Third Battle of Ypres

Thursday 23rd August 1917

It has been raining again today, though, in truth, much more of a drizzle than a downpour. It has also been warm, so the stickiness of recent times has not abated. There has only been action today at a place known as Gallipoli Farm, which was attacked, without success, by 15th (Scottish) Division.

We have heard from the adjutant of the 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, who have not long been out of the line after a grueling spell including a major attack on 10th August. At 6.30 this morning they all got on a fleet of buses and went off to Dunkirk to spend the day at the seaside for a holiday. Such a simple delight must be met with relish by men who have endured Hell.

Source: X550/8/1

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