3rd FEB.1915: DUNSTABLE FIELD FIRING: S.Staffs War Diary.

Decorative Heading for a Letter
South Staffords Rgt. Badge. AHH. Feb. 1915.


1st  FEB.  Audley End Park, bayonet fighting, J.D. (1) night entrenching abandoned at 3.0 am, rain. Musketry Party at Luton, Kit Inspection & Interior Economy . 1 officer & 29 casuals (sick men) returned from Luton.

2nd  FEB.  Musketry Party marched from Luton to Dunstable: preliminary instructions overground in Field Firing, men billeted.

3rd  FEB.  Field Firing at Dunstable. 14 officers & 518 men returned to Saffron Walden.

4th  FEB.  Inspection by G.O.C.  N.M. Division to attack Little Walden 10.30 am (in conjunction with 1/6th N. Staffs Rgt).


SYDNEY HIBBETT 20 in 1914.
20 in 1915

SIG. SYDNEY HIBBETT: POSTCARD to Mr. & Mrs HIBBETT, 95, Foden Rd. Walsall, Staffordshire.

Tuesday. 3rd Feb.1915.

Dear People,

Here we are in Dunstable.

We marched here from Luton at 10.am – here by 11.30 – carrying full pack and blankets. Billets not ready for usso we marched through to see the N. Staffs finishing their advance. 

Dunstable PC Feb. 1915

Men were posted on all the roads to stop people whilst the bullets hailed over the countryside. Could see the thin khaki line advance drop down & a rapid fire open. 

We then advanced over their ground about 2 miles and lor!! The muck and chalk!!lying down in it and plastered all over.  We were just practicing for tomorrow (2)

Shall return to Saffron Walden either Wednesday or Thursday night. If raining hard tomorrow no firing.

Been very wet today & a strong gale.  Hope to be home for next weekend.

Love from Sydney.



From February 1915 onwards, Pte Bertie’s Letters Home will be set against the activities recorded in South Stafford’s Regimental War Diary. (See Welcome Page). (1)J.D.- Joint Division(2) Attack on Little Walden.

NEXT POST: 5th FEB. 1915: Training Audley End, Saffron Walden.

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