Tuesday 26 June 2018

The Train to Ludd

Wednesday 26th June 1918

Your correspondent had a message earlier today that 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment took a train yesterday from Surafend to Ludd. On looking at the atlas, Ludd proves to be a city also known as Lydda. After some research it proves to be the city known in the Bible as Lod, the Book of Ezra telling us that some of the Jews returning from captivity in Bablyon settled in Lod. It is also where Saint Peter cured a paralytic man. More to the point for Tommy Atkins it is said to be the birthplace of Saint George and also where he is buried(1)

Source: X550/6/8

(1) Lod is today home to Ben Gurion Airport on the outskirts of Tel Aviv.

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