Gordon Highlanders Stop in Chicheley, 1914

On Monday, November 9th 1914 two companies of the 7th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, who were training with the Highland Division of the Territorial Force, at Bedford, were given a route march from Bedford to Lathbury. With two field guns, a cyclist detachment, and ammunition vans, they were allowed three hours rest in a field in the centre of Chicheley, where, with some of the men scouring the area for wood for the fires (a quantity enhanced by the labours of a sergeant who, for half an hour, axed at a tree trunk), cooks prepared a dinner of stewed beef and vegetables. Meanwhile, some of the men danced Scottish reels to the music of two pipers, whilst others played leapfrog. The village schoolmaster had kindly lent a ball for a game of football, but unfortunately this burst during the match. Shortly before 4p.m. the march then resumed to Lathbury, where Mr. William Trevor kindly provided billets for the night.