On Tuesday 13th October 1914, Private S.T. Fuller, a new recruit of the 8th (Service) Battalion, noted in his diary; "received my first "uniform" - one of the blue serge suits, - about two sizes too large. I measured 36 inches round the chest - the coat 42 inches. This allowed for quite a lot of future expansion!"
The day before, he had noted that "rifles were issued for the first time to the whole of the men. They were old "Long Lee Enfields" like the ones issued at Shorncliffe. Most of them were minus safety-catches. Mine (No. 155), had an 'odd' bolt."
The photograph left, taken from Fuller's Diary, shows some of his colleagues on the firing range with their newly issued rifles.
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.