Friday, 13 October 2017

Seventy Fifth Day of the Third Battle of Ypres

Saturday 13th October 1917

After the exertions yesterday we have all been waiting to see if the enemy tries any counter-attacks but none have so far developed. It has been very wet again with nearly half an inch of rain and temperatures of about 52 degrees(1).

It must be a good deal warmer in Palestine. We have heard that yesterday 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment went on a route-march near Gaza and then practised making an attack. The adjutant commented that everyone is expecting another attempt to take Gaza in the next few days or weeks(2). At five o’clock yesterday evening the General -Officer-Commanding 54th (East Anglian) Division, Major-General Sir Steuart W Hare, presented a Military Medal to Private Edgar Else.

Source: X550/6/8

(1) 11°C
(2) The Third Battle of Gaza would begin on 1st November and last two days.

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