Sunday 3 September 2017

Thirty Fifth Day of the Third Battle of Ypres

Monday 3rd September 1917

The only action here today has been another attempt by 61st (2nd South Midland) Division, to take Hill 35 from the enemy, having obtained a foothold on it a few days ago. Their efforts, sad to report, do not seem to have been crowned with success.

6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, part of 37th Division, are at Mount Sorrel south-east of Zillebeke. They have had a petty officer and eight sailors attached for the day to learn what it is like in and near the front line.

8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, are in the support trenches at Hill 70 near Loos-en-Gohelle. This evening the adjutant contacted your correspondent on the blower with news that Captain G D Brewster and Second Lieutenant T A Jones were both wounded in no man’s land by a German grenade whilst on patrol in the early hours this morning. They did, however, obtain valuable information for their pains.

Sources: X550/7/1; X550/9/1

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