Monday 10 September 2018

Killed by Our Own Artillery

Tuesday 10th September 1918

In the early hours of yesterday morning, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, having just arrived in the front line in Palestine sent out a patrol of the Bureid Ridge. Whilst the patrol was out, for some reason our artillery opened up a bombardment of the ridge. Sergeant P Brown was wounded and Lieutenant D Spurgeon was killed. A patrol sent out yesterday night, which remained out until dawn this morning was, sadly, unable to find the officer's body.

Source: X550/6/8

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