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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS,
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and "skirmishing," and on nth October the brigade moved in
French lorries to Le Meux, a small station about thirty-five miles
away on the western side of the Forest of Compiegne, on the main
Paris-Brussels railway. The medical officer considered that the
jolting transmitted to the battalion's livers by this journey proved a
useful antidote to the spell of somewhat inactive trench warfare
which it had just undergone. The transport had been sent by road on
9th October; and at 5 a.m. on I2th October, the battalion entrained
for the north, the men in the uncomfortable wagons ("40 Hommes, 8
Chevaux") usual on French railways, the officers in windowless and
aged passenger coaches, to the accompaniment of a great variety of
rumours as to their destination-Russia, Antwerp, the Belgian Coast,
back to England, and India or the Near East.