A move towards hot water


11th October 1914

You’ll be relieved to see that it’s a quick post today as I am massively short on time. This daily posting is proving very tricky indeed!

The Dorsets left their billets in La Thieuloye at 7:50am and marched to Béthune. Two outpost companies (B and C) were pushed on along the canal running east out of the city. They took up a line from Gorre to Ferme du Roy which I’ve marked on the map in blue.

The rest of the Battalion billeted in the streets in the city.  The Brigade Headquarters were stationed at 34 Grand Place, a wine shop by strange coincidence, and they enjoyed “a lovely hot bath, provided by a marvellous system of gas-jets which heated the water in about five minutes”.

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