Thursday 18 January 2018

The Making of Modern Italy

Friday 18th January 1918

The 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment is in northern Italy, ready to help the beleaguered Italians in their fight against the Austrians and their German allies. The conditions here will be very different to Flanders; so too, is the culture and the history. To help inform the officers and men of the nation in which they find themselves Major C S Gordon, Chaplain to the Forces, is giving a lecture this evening on The Making of Modern Italy.

The 2nd Battalion has been at Vauvillers, south of Albert and the River Somme. Today they marched twelve miles south to a village called Warsy. Meanwhile the 4th Battalion have been relieved in the front line by the Nelson Battalion and have marched to billets in Metz-en-Couture. During the relief Second Lieutenant G W Childs was severely wounded(1).

Sources: X550/2/5

(1) He died on 22nd January and is buried at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt.

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