The month of December opened with a formal parade for the men of the 2nd Battalion.
In the rear of the front lines at Scherpenburg near Westoutre, the newly arrived CO; Lieutenant-Colonel H.F.H. Clifford, paraded the entire Battalion for an inspection by the Corps Commander; General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien.
Two days later, the Battalion again were designated to act as a guard of Honour, but this time it was for none other than His Majesty, King George V.
The Battalion completely lined the Locre-Scherpenburg road as the King travelled past in his motor car accompanied by General Smith-Dorrien and the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Bowes. Later the King visited the Scherpenburg Hill which although behind the Allied line, gave a good view of the front line and the enemy positions which beyond it to the south of the Belgian town of Ypres.
After the King departed, the Battalion left to march to Kemmel to take over front line trenches from the Royal Scots. The routine of trench warfare and all that it entailed, had well and truly begun.
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.