The 2nd Bedfords in France and Flanders, 1914-1918

August 2010
4 colour, 24 black and white illustrations
402 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc
ISBN: 9780851550763
Format: Hardback
Beds Historical Record Society

The 2nd Bedfords in France and Flanders, 1914-1918

M.G. Deacon

The official war diary of the 2nd Battalion, the Bedfordshire Regiment, in France and Flanders.
This is the official war diary of the 2nd Battalion, the Bedfordshire Regiment and complements BHRS's 2004 volume The Shiny Seventh: the 7th [Service] Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment at War 1915-1918, also edited by Martin Deacon.
A War Diary was kept by each unit while on active service during World War I. Written by the adjutant, it was intended to be a record of the unit's activities. Often terse, sometimes descriptive, the diary records troop movements to and from billets and trenches, weather conditions, the 1914 Christmas Day truce, shelling, attacks, battles and casualties.
The 2nd Bedfords took part in the First Battle of Ypres; Festubert and Loos and the Somme and Passchendaele. After a mauling during the German offensive of 1918 and having merged with the 7th Battalion, they ended the war with a successful career in 18th Division during the final British offensive from August to November 1918.
Directions for three drives around these and other battlefields where the 2nd Bedfords saw action are included for the pleasure of anyone with an interest in the battalion, visiting northern France and southern Belgium.
While this volume was in preparation the last three British-based veterans of the Great War, Bill Stone, Henry Allingham and Harry Patch all passed away.

MARTIN DEACON is Operations Manager at Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Records Service where he has worked for more than twenty years.

Table of Contents

War diary for 1914
War diary for 1915
War diary for 1916
War diary for 1917
War diary for 1918 and 1919
Appendix A Events
Appendix B Battlefield drives
Appendix C Selected operational orders
Appendix D Casualties amongst other ranks


A very valuable and significant contribution to the history of the Great War. HISTORY IN BEDFORSHIRE

Also in Series