Diary of RSM George Beck

Followers of ‘The Extraordinary and the Everyday’ blog may also be interested in the diaries of Warwickshire Regiment Sergeant Major George Beck which are being serialised by the Dorset History Centre. Many Avon Dassett men enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, so Beck’s diary gives an insight into their experiences of World War I. It is also possible to follow the diary on Twitter @RSM_GBeck

Comforts for Men of the County Regiment

We are requested to state, that Mrs Davies, the wife of the commanding officer, is anxious to send parcels of comforts from time to time to the 2nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire (the old 52nd) Light Infantry, now fighting so gallantly on the Continent. Having special facilities for purchasing and forwarding the requisite articles, Mrs Davies asks for money to be sent to her, and the smallest contributions will most thankfully be received. The articles which will be purchased will consist of pipes, tobacco, cigarettes, chocolate, handkerchiefs, soap, and many other things calculated to lessen the soldiers’ hardships. It is not quite a year ago, since Banbury and other important towns in the county showed their interest in the historic 52nd by right royal welcome on every side. One may, therefore, look forward with confidence to a hearty response to this appeal. Contributions should be sent to Mrs Davies, The Manor House, Godmanstone, Dorchester, Dorset.

Banbury Guardian, September 1914