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Offline Timberman

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Re: Following the B.E.F. and the Manchesters
« Reply #30 on: October 31, 2019, 09:11:10 PM »
Ref to the straw and tarp raft.

This is the only ref I can find.

On 19th Feb. 1915 there was a tragic accident when 7 men of the KOYLI Regiment
were drowned during a training exercise. The men were testing
the buoyancy of a raft made of straw bales and tarpaulin sheet measuring 12ft
x 7ft. Such rafts were intended to be used later when crossing canals in Belgium
and France. It was thought at the inquest that perhaps more than twenty soldiers
stood on the raft, which capsized throwing them into the waters of a large pond at
Morton, Gainsborough.Lincs

Not sure if the Motor Raft picture attached depicts the same type of raft.

Neil
 

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Re: Following the B.E.F. and the Manchesters
« Reply #31 on: November 01, 2019, 09:51:22 AM »
Charlie,

Thank you.   A useful summary concerning the B.E.F. is given in the the Official History and I quote:   "In the British battalions which fought at the Marne and Ypres, there scarcely remained with the Colours an average of one officer and thirty men of those who landed in August 1914".   It continues concerning the B.E.F.   "It had created such an impression on the Germans that their leaders turned aside to seek less stubborn foes................".     PhilipG.

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Re: Following the B.E.F. and the Manchesters
« Reply #32 on: November 01, 2019, 09:55:26 AM »
Timberman,

Magnificent research.  Congratulations.   PhilipG.

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Re: Following the B.E.F. and the Manchesters
« Reply #33 on: November 02, 2019, 11:25:30 AM »
Although I have put this map on the forum before, I think for people visiting
this topic it gives an idea of the movements of the 2nd Bn.

From Le Harve 16th August 1914,
to La Basse'e 20th October 1914

Click on the picture to make it bigger.

Neil

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Re: Following the B.E.F. and the Manchesters
« Reply #34 on: November 02, 2019, 06:01:15 PM »
Timberman,

Thank you.   Very appropriate.      PhilipG.