Saturday 4 October 2014

2nd Bedfords Leave for the Front

Sunday 4th October 1914: The 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment is ready to enter the fray against the Kaiser’s hordes. It was in South Africa at the outbreak of war but has now returned. It is currently at Lyndhurst in Hampshire and will travel by train to Southampton today. It is expected that the battalion will be divided into two train loads. The first will go on board SS Winifredian this evening and the second will board SS Cornishman tomorrow morning. After such a long ocean voyage the men will no doubt be happy that the journey to France is considerably shorter and, hopefully, calmer.

Sources: X550/3/wd

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