Thursday, 29 March 2018

Good Friday

Friday 29th March 1918

Today is Good Friday. The enemy advance seems to have petered out altogether. Whether it is a coincidence that this has happened on such a holy day may be a matter for conjecture. Tommy Atkins is just glad that it has.

The 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment has remained in billets all day today, resting, though Lieutenant-Colonel Poyntz has been admitted to hospital, sick. There aare many French troops in front of the Bedfords and this afternoon there was an alarm as it was reported that the Germans had seized the village of Moreuil. Fortunately, this news turned out to be fake.

The 4th Battalion has also remained in billets and the adjutant informed me that Private Slough has been awarded the Military Medal for his gallant conduct during the retreat. The 6th Battalion is also in billets, at Toutencourt near the old Somme battlefield.

Sources: X550/3/wd; X550/5/3; X550/7/1

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