Saturday, 28 January 2017


Captain O A R Beale [X550/1/82]

Sunday 28th January 1917 from our correspondent in the field

The new adjutant of the 1st Battalion, Captain O A R Beale tells me that it has been frozen so hard that training has been very restricted, mostly route marches, drill and a certain amount of shooting being all that can be done.

Meanwhile C Company of 8th Battalion has moved into the front line at Loos. They are keyed up for a raid to be conducted early tomorrow morning. Earlier today Sergeant Jarvis was wounded when Private Fall discharged his rifle whilst cleaning it. One wonders how many other private soldiers might contemplate shooting their sergeant, though the adjutant assured me it was an accident. Such a dangerous breach of discipline is likely to have fairly severe repercussions.

Sources: X550/2/5; X550/9/1

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