Sunday 17th March 1918
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught(1) is currently in Palestine visiting the forces. Yesterday a group from 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment proceeded to Yazur(2) to receive decoration from His Royal Highness. Military Crosses were given to Major C R James, Captain F B Hobbs and Lieutenant W A Shaw. Regimental Sergeant Major Milton MC, DCM, Company Sergeant Major Chandler, Sergeant Sapsford, Sergeant Sharpe and Corporal Ball were each awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Sergeant Marlow, Private Halfpenny and Private Andrews were awarded the Military Medal.
There was very heavy rain most of the day. Patrols were maintained an an Arab boy who was found wandering in front of the front line was brought in and sent to Brigade Headquarters where he will be interrogated.
(1) Third son of Queen Victoria(2) Now Azor