161st Takes on 102 Underage Soldiers to Train

Battalion Diary – February 8, 1917

Location: Witley Camp, North Surrey

Bombing Officer could not complete the training of the men under him as “live” grenades were not procurable. The Signalling Section was given a test at Brigade Headquarters.

Taken on strength: 102 other ranks (Category A4) from the 17th Reserve Battalion, Bramshott.

Note: Category A4 ranks were “boys who would be fit as soon as they reached 19 years of age.”