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11th March 1918 - Boeschepe - WO F. Wiehl wrote "3 men up OR 7 days mud farm."

Can someone please explain what this means ?

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Myrtle

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To Myrtle,

' Mud Farm' was situated besides the road from Poperinge to Reningelst not so far from the 'Hogegrave' windmill.

It could be that this answer has nothing to do with your question. Sorry for the very late answer.

Gilbert Deraedt :huh:

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'Mud Farm' can be found on following coordinates: sheet 28 NW.3 G.27a 1.9

There was also a camp called 'Mud Farm Camp': sheet 28 NW.3 G.27.a 5.9

Jacky

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'Mud Farm' can be found on following coordinates: sheet 28 NW.3 G.27a 1.9

There was also a camp called 'Mud Farm Camp': sheet 28 NW.3 G.27.a 5.9

Jacky

Jacky is there some sort of an index book of places on Trench Maps ???

Conor

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To Conor,

I have no knowledge of an index book.

Gilbert Deraedt :huh:

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Gilbert & Jacky

Thank you very much for your replies. This now gives me an idea of what to look for. Do you know why it would be written that " 3 men up OR 7 days mud farm". Why 7 days ? Seems a strange way of writing, especially in a private diary.

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Myrtle

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Myrtle.

Is this his only entry for this day? (the "OR" has got me thinking - "other ranks" doesn't somehow fit. "On Rest" or "On Recreation" maybe?,though neither seem to fit either.) Maybe "OR" is Wiehl's "shorthand" for some sort of course that these men were attending.

Anyway I'll have a deeper think and come back to you if anything pops up.

Dave.

Another thought - "On Report"? Maybe 3 men confined to barracks (or some other punishment) for 7 days at mud farm. Just a guess! :blink:

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Dave

Your last idea may fit as on the 9th March the diary says that some men were put under arrest for being drunk and threatening an NCO. However I suppose the question is what was at "mud farm" for them to have been sent there ?

Myrtle

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Maybe mud farm was the location of the Court Marshall or hearing? The soldiers may have been sentenced to 7 days "something or other" here.

Come to think of it "up OR" seems to make sense,as soldiers are usually described as "up" on report.

Dave.

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Dave

Thanks for your help. On Report sounds more like it. The structure of the writing makes it sound as if the men were sent to mud farm for 7 days. I wonder if Gilbert or Jacky know what exactly was located at Mud Farm that the men would have been sent there ?

Myrtle

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To Myrtle,

The thoughts of Dave seem reasonable and acceptable.

I do have no knowledge of what was happening at that time in 'Mud Farm (camp)'.

I do think that 'Mud farm' is still a farm.

Some ww1 soldiers have been executed and are buried in the ' New Military Cemetery' in Reningelst. The whole area was full of rest camps.

Gilbert Deraedt :huh:

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