2nd January 1915, Private Sydney Fuller, 8th (Service) Battalion, wrote in his diary:
"Bayonet fighting practice. The 'enemy' was represented by bags stuffed with straw, and we literally knocked the stuffing out of them!"
It was the first time since 26th December that the men of the Battalion had been able to train outside due to the inclement weather. They had done plenty of bayonet fighting practice before, but only using dummy rifles with spring bayonets.
This was the real thing.
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.