Tuesday 28 October 2014

2nd Bedfords Waiting

Wednesday 28th October 1914: The adjutant, who yesterday explained the strategic situation at Ypres to us tells us that it was expected that during the day they would receive an attack by the XXVII German Reserve Corps in an attempt to break through the lines, but this did not materialise.

The Battalion was methodically shelled during the day, however, including the headquarters and reserve company in the rear. Remarkably only one man, Private Ernest Barker from Luton, has lost his life, though others have been wounded. A whole platoon of A Company had its trench blown in on it and the forty or so men had to be dug out.

The Battalion is due to be relieved tonight.

Source: X5503/wd

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