Thursday, 9 October 2014

Tragic Consequences

Image: A group of Scottish soldiers with locals outside the Gordon Arms Public House in Castle RoadBedford, 1914 [Z1130/12/3]

Friday 9th October 1914: A dreadful incident took place in Union Street, Bedford today. It appears that one of the Cameron Highlanders billeted in the town has been bayoneted by a fellow soldier. The man is dreadfully wounded and rumour has it that he is not likely to live. Very little is known about what happened, but it is thought that the soldiers had been drinking. The men are paid on Friday and there is often a great deal of shouting and drunkenness in the evening. This time it seems there may have been tragic consequences.

Source: Beds Times 16/10/1914

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