Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Trying to Gather Intelligence
Thursday 30th May 1918
All thoughts of mess etiquette forgotten the 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, near Jaffa in Palestine, yesterday sought to aid 7th Indian Division. The Indians have lately been subjected to a great increase artillery and machine gun fire. Accordingly last evening a patrol of one officer and eight other ranks set off to investigate.
However, the patrol spotted nothing they had not seen before. Whilst out they encountered an enemy picquet. This picquet observed the patrol and two or three of them crawled towards the patrol which withdrew. Moving on the patrol leader observed another enemy picquet and he also saw movement on a nearby road.