On 10th July 1915, Private Sydney Fuller was on leave at home in Cambridgeshire. Before leaving he noted that "had half a dozen photos ordered from boltons, Fore Hill (cabinets 6/6 half dozen). caught the 12.30pm train. Had to stand all the way to Liverpool Street, which I reached at 2.32pm. crossed to paddington by Underground. There met several more chaps returning to camp. Left Paddington 4.50pm and reached Codford station soon after 8.00pm"
When Sydney arrived back in camp around 9.00pm, he found it largely deserted. Most of the men were still not back from leave and many still trickled in the following day. For the 8th Battalion, this leave signified the end of the beginning of the Army service, for in an matter of weeks, they would be joining their counterparts in the 7th Battalion in France.
Welcome to our online 'blog' charting the history of the many Battalions of the Suffolk Regiment and the part they played in the Great War.
Starting back in March 2014, we have recorded the events of 100 years ago on the centenary of their happening.
Keep checking back to see how the Great War is progressing for the men of the Suffolk Regiment.