Saturday, 12 May 2018

Headquarters Blown In

Sunday 12th May 1918

The 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, are in brigade reserve at Warloy-Baillon, west of Albert. Being in reserve does not exclude them from violence, however. This afternoon a slightly shaken adjutant informed me that the enemy had shelled their positions and,by chance, a shell found the building hosting the battalion headquarters and blew it in. Fortunately the bombardment had been going on for some minutes by this point and everyone was sheltering in dug-outs so no one was wounded, though as the adjutant said it made a mess of "all the d****d paperwork". The headquarters has moved a couple of miles down the road to Lavieville, closer, as the adjutant noted with disgust, to the front line!

Source: X550/8/1

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