Extract from the diary of Norman Hughes, “B” Coy, 1/4th Ches. Regt. 53rd (Welsh) Division
[Norman Hughes came from Neston]
Route March:-[B]reakfast 6 a.m.
Bde. move off 7 am.
120 rds amm. per man.
Route:- Carrington, Cople, Northill – Moggerhanger – Willington – Bedford Bridge.
My Boots bad – sore on right heel. Finish quite fresh though. Distance 19 ½ miles.
Wrong message concerning a halt. Restart 2 min. behind time – Make it up in the first 2 ½ mil.
Bedford well hidden town. Ammunition of my recruits’ all accurately accounted for.
Field course still to fire.
Half the [men] sure of a holiday in sunshine. Pay – 7/-.