Image: A group of Scottish soldiers with locals outside the Gordon Arms Public House in Castle Road, Bedford, 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.