Friday 22 December 2017

More Action for the 8th Battalion

Major F H Edwards [X550/1/82]

Saturday 22nd December 1917

The adjutant of 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment informs us that Major F H Edwards MC has taken over command of the Battalion. Meanwhile the 8th Battalion, in the front line near Riencourt on the old Arras battlefield, has been in action again this morning.

At around the same time as yesterday the enemy attacked the block in the trench separating the two trench systems. Whereas yesterday was a patrol with rifles, this morning they used bombs, ten being thrown and wounding two men, though Lewis gun fire again sent the enemy packing. The Battalion is being relieved as I write these lines and they will march back to billets at Mory.

Source: X550/9/1

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