Friday, 15 January 2016

Soldiers at Stotfold

Mill Lane, Stotfold 1913 (corner of Baptist Chapel on right)

Saturday 15th January 1916: The special constables of Stotfold were busy last week arranging for the billeting of two hundred or more soldiers in the village who were expected to arrive tomorrow. However, late on Friday evening a telegraph arrived with the news that the accommodation for men and horses would not be required after all. This caused some regret as expenses had already been incurred in making preparation for the soldiers’ arrival.

One soldier who did arrive in the village is Private William Huckle, who is home on leave from France. He joined the 8th Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment in March and was sent overseas in August where he has since been in the thick of the action. A physically strong man, he has been distinguished by his endurance and ability to resist the sickness that has afflicted many of his comrades, and has now won a promotion. He has many interesting and thrilling stories to tell, particularly of the Battle of Loos, and is due to give an address to the congregation of the Old Baptist Chapel this evening.

Source: Biggleswade Chronicle, 21st January 1916

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