Sunday 6 May 2018

Salvage Work at Isolated Wood

Monday 6th May 1918

The 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment remains active in Palestine. They are in the front line east of Jaffa and just north of the old German Templar colony of Wilhelma(1). Over the last few days the, the adjutant tells us in a wire, they have been at a position called Isolated Wood. They reconnoitred this place on 3rd May and found an abandoned Turkish ammunition dump. They looked for more the following day and yesterday salvaged twenty-eight rounds of 4.1 inch (105 mm) artillery shells. 

Meanwhile here on the Western Front 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment following its rest, refit and training after its exertions in the March retreat and at Villers-Bretonneux in the middle of last month, is back in the battle zone again. At 9.30 this morning it boarded a fleet of buses at Warlus and ended up in Contay. From there it marched to Warloy-Baillon, mile or two south-west of Bouzincourt and so near enemy-held Albert, and took its place behind the front line in Brigade Reserve. 

Sources: X550/6/8; X550/8/1

(1) Today Bnei Atarot on the eastern perimeter of Ben Gurion Airport.

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