Sunday, 4 October 2015

Bring Us Back Some Music

Bedford Arms, Linslade [CR-PH]

Monday 4th October 1915: After thirteen months at the Front with the 2nd Bedfords Corporal William Eggleton has enjoyed seven days of well-earned leave at home in Plantation Road, Leighton Buzzard. His old chums at the wire works have been most interested in his news and experiences. He tells them that after the hardships of last winter, when the Bedfords stood knee deep in water in their trenches, the prospect of the war continuing through another winter season is more feared than the fiercest fighting. When they heard that a comrade had told Corporal Eggleton “For God’s sake bring us back some music” both employer and employees at the wire works subscribed enough money to purchase one of the best accordions in the town. A gift of beer will go to another Leighton man in the Bedfords who had asked his friend to “Call in at the Bedford Arms and tell ‘em I could do with a bottle of Bass!” Corporal Eggleton is now fully recovered from a wounded hand and has returned to France in a cheerful mood. [1]

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 5 October 1915

[1] William Eggleton was killed during the Battle of the Somme on 30th July 1916 at the age of 21. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

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