YVES CANAL TRENCHES – RAILWAY DUGOUTS.
9th Aug. Mon: Furnished Working Parties to RE. CASUALTY: 6443 L/ Cpl J. Williams wounded. 10th Aug.Tue: Ditto.
“Aug. 10th 1915: Last conversation with Capt. Cozens* (Tim) on leaving Railway Dugouts. Not been five minutes with him before a whole crowd was round him. Talked of a Charge in which Earl Cardigan (1) , dressed in civvies with frock coat, fancy socks, swagger cane & cigar astonished the enemy. Offered Tim a State Express cig. Harper* and Serg Major Gee* whom I saw also. All three killed while I was at Rouen. Aug – Oct 14th.“
Lance Corporal SYDNEY HIBBETT: FIELD SERVICE POSTCARD to Miss I. Hibbett, 95, Foden Rd, Walsall.
I am quite well. I am going on well. Letter follows at first opportunity.
Sydney. Aug 10th/ 15 .
On Tues, 10th August, 1915, Pte Bertie Hibbett was sent down to B.E.F. Base at Rouen for a Rest. He had been ‘recommended for a rest’ by R.A.M.C. since 25th July. His feet were considered unfit for the march from Wulverghem to Ouderdom Divisonal Base, Ypres Salient, so he went by ‘ambulance’.
(1) Earl Cardigan, 1872 – 1961: George William James Chandos Brudenell-Bruce, 6th Marquis of Ailesbury, styled ‘Earl of Cardigan’ from 1894. Boer War awarded D.S.O. (Distinguished Service Order). WW1 mentioned in Despatches/ awarded T.D. (Territorial Decoration). Knight of the Garter/ St John; J.P; Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire.
(2) ‘Swagger cane’. A short stick (not cane) made of rattan. Symbol of one in authority usually military. e.g. Roman Army centurions in Punic Wars. 264-146 BC.
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