March 9, 10, 11 & 12

March 9: Col. Token casualty today – just evacuated. Orders just out to be ready to move in 15 minutes. Air attack – fifteen wounded – ten killed – all Spartan casualties. At 5:30 p.m. pull out north for Lobbersdown Hill Farm – three miles south of Thames.

March 10: Move off for Claydon House Park – fifteen miles north of Thames. Spend the rest of the day and night on stand to.

March 11: Fourteen mile day march to Beachampton six miles north east of Buckingham. Just get to bed when “F” Group is called to pull out immediately. Sgt. Major Freeman and ourselves in two carriers follow the Scout cars north to Stony Stratford, then south east to Bletchley where we join the Tanks and stand to until 3 a.m. Very cold night move to Tickfordfield Farm – two miles east of Newport Pagnell.

March 12: Prepare for attack on Bedford, but just before moving off – cease fire sounds. Later in day return to Beachampton – Col. returns from hospital minus a batman, so he bunks down with me.

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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

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