Monday 25 June 2018

Bedfords move to Surafend

Tuesday 25th June 1918

1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, yesterday moved at a village called Surafend. This village lies about three miles north-west of Ramleh. The battalion has made a number of moves in the last few years and this has sparked rumours that General Allenby is "moving his pieces on the board" as the adjutant put it, for best advantage in a new offensive - time will tell(1)

Source: X550/6/8

(1) Sarafand-al-Amar would become infamous on 10th December 1918 when soldiers of the ANZAC Mounted Division massacred around forty Arabs after murder of a New Zealand trooper by an Arab thief. It is now the Israeli town of Nir Tzvi

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