Saturday, 4 August 2018

Four Years On

Sunday 4th August 1918

Today is the fourth anniversary of our country joining this Great War to End All Wars to put an end to Prussian aggression and the misery it has inflicted on its neighbours. The 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire, formerly the Hertfordshire Militia, was then a part-time formation which met for training exercises each summer. Since 1916 it has been part of 63rd (Royal Naval) division and has taken part in some of the greatest struggles such as the closing days of the great Somme Battle and the swamps of Passchendaele. Today the battalion held a special church parade to commemorate four years of war, top remember fallen comrades and to pledge itself anew to the struggles to come in the hope that Victory will crown the efforts of 1918.

Captain S E D Cline [X550/1/81]

The 2nd Battalion, meanwhile, received that last of the 7th Battalion vintage. Captain S E D Cline, Lieutenant H de Buriatte, 2nd Lieutenants T H Flavell, A D Greenwood and J Kerr(1)

Sources: X550/3/wd; X550/5/3

(1) Arthur Donald Greenwood would not see out the month, he died on 30th August and is buried at Dantzig Alley Cemetery amongst 7th Battalion fatalities fro 1st July 1916. 

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