3rd Oct 1914, Territorials and Howitzer Battery in Essex

The 7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment are now stationed at a town in Essex. Their work is of a routine character, extending to about ten hours a day, and including physical drill, route marches, and field training. The work done has hardened the battalion considerably, and it would take a keen eye to distinguish them from regular soldiers. A detachment of the battalion is guarding a gunpowder factory near London, and is also proceeding with physical training. The night guard duties are important, and the sentries are kept on the alert.

The Rugby Howitzer Battery is expecting to leave for foreign service in a short time, and the members are being allowed to come home in batches to take leave of their friends. Several who have visited Rugby this week-end report that the Battery at present is encamped with the 3rd South Midland Brigade at Great Baddow, Essex. The whole of the men are in good health and spirits, and busily engaged making themselves efficient to proceed to the front. The recruits are being drilled from morning till night. At present the Battery is awaiting the arrival of the new guns with Which they are to be armed, and as soon as they get these they will proceed to Shoeburyness and fire a course; after which they hope to be inspected by the King and Lord Kitchener, and then proceed on service. Twenty horses and ten men from the camp have recently been despatched to France to replace casualties in the Expeditionary Force. These include Driver Sutton and Driver Sharp, of Rugby, the rest of the men belonging to the 4th Battery, stationed at Coventry.

The Yeomanry are still under canvas on Newbury Racecourse, and are steadily continuing their drill and training. On Thursday last week the whole Brigade of Gloucesters, Worcesters, Warwicks, and the Warwick R.H.A were inspected by General Sir Ian Hamilton, who was very pleased with the turnout and drill of the Brigade, and he also considered that they were very well mounted. The whole of the men willing are to be inoculated against typhoid fever, and already many of them have been done. Some experience very little pain or after-effects, while others feel very “ groggy ” for 24 hours. With none, however, do the ill-effects, last long. The inoculation is being done simply as a precautionary measure, and does not imply that the regiment is being immediately ordered to the front.

The following has reached us by post from one of the large barracks in the Midlands :
“ An old lady on Rugby Station gave us all some cigarettes to the extent of her purse. We had no time to thank her, but may this bit of paper reach the first newspaper office to thank her, and may she live in the best of health till she is 120. God bless her.
(Signed) J GALLIMORE, 9th Battalion N.S.”


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