With Armistice Day almost upon us I thought I’d post this relevant item from my collection.
This is a message form pasted into the WWI scrapbook of a William Roche, who was a member of 2/5th Bn, Lancashire Fusiliers (55th (West Lancs) Division). He was attached to 164th Brigade HQ as a signaller, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his services. Here is the man himself:
Of all the messages he must have processed during the war, this was the only one he kept as a memento, to which he added in red ink "ARMISTICE MESSAGE!". The message (as far as I can get it) reads:
From: Stockwell’s Force
To: King Edwards Horse, 2/5th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers, 423rd Field Coy Royal Engineers, Field Ambulance, A Echelon, 55th Bn Machine Gun Corps, Assistant Provost Marshal, 275th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Sender’s No: 1310
Day of Month: 11
Hostilities will cease 1100 today troops stand fast in position reached that hour with line of outposts established in most advanced line possible.
2/5th Lancashire Fusiliers will occupy line PONCHAU-RENARD.
Mounted troops halt at 1100 on most advanced line reached.
(Commanders of columns?) concentrate about LORETT.
165 and 166 Brigades will pass through Stockwell’s Force during the day (forming?) line J25.J3d.O18.O24 when Stockwell’s’ Force will be withdrawn under orders to be issued later.
All military ?????? will be observed.
????? all concerned.
Signed: B F ??????
Stockwell’s Force was a ‘battle group’ led by 164th Brigade’s commander, Brigadier-General Clifton “Buffalo Bill” Stockwell. If anyone can read the missing words I’d appreciate it