Group Photographs and Biographies from the 1st Battalion
These two photographs were taken at the same time,
probably by WO
W.F. Bartlett. They a group of his 'Old Contemptible' comrades
from the 1st Battalion and some of the Transport Section behind a
pub in Bedford awaiting embarkation in 1914. Many of the men in this
photograph were killed or wounded in the coming months as around 80%
of the original British Expeditionary Force that were sent to France
became casualties by the end of November 1914.
(Many thanks to Chris Barrett)
itself, this is a photograph showing the celebrations in Bedford
when the 1st Battalion returned from active service in April
The scale of the crowd cannot be seen
in this image, as local reporters recorded how the entire
town and many of the outlying villages turned out to welcome
their lads home, with people travelling from as far afield
as Hertfordshire to join the welcoming committee.
After this was taken, the procession
disappeared into St. Paul's for a church service, then onto
a civic reception, before marching back to the depot in Kempston
to resume their duties.
group of battalion chefs and female cooks from the 1st Battalion;
whether pre war or from the war itslef in unclear as no accompanying
information came with the postcard.
postcard, showing a group of men from D Company, although where
and when it was taken is unknown. It appears to be pre war or
from during the war and is either one of the four platoons from
D Company, or what remained of the company after heavy losses
during a battle.