Monday, 23 October 2017

Eighty Fifth Day of the Third Battle of Ypres

Sir Ivor Maxse

Tuesday 23rd October 1917

The adjutant of the 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, tells me that the commander of XVIII Corps, Lieutenant-General Sir Ivor Maxse, has issued a congratulatory telegram to 18th (Eastern Division) after the success by 53rd Brigade yesterday. It reads: “The XVIII Corps Commander sends his hearty congratulations on the success of the 18th Division on the 22nd instant. He adds that this success was gained in spite of bad weather, bad mud and hot artillery fire, and that all concerned deserve great credit from highest to lowest”. It was issued via Major Arthur Percival, ex-7th Bedfords, now Acting Brigade Major of 54th Infantry Brigade.

The adjutant remarked wryly that he was not sure what Sir Ivor was congratulating the Bedfords about, possibly on resting, refitting and bathing, which was their part in yesterday’s attack! Of course, Sir Ivor was commander-in-chief of 18th Division until his promotion in January this year.

Source: X550/8/1

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