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Saturday, January 27, 2018

A German Spy causes chaos

From Arnold Bennett's war diary, Monday, April 19th 1915 – Owing to alleged existence of a German spy in British officer’s clothing and in a car, in this district, order that no officer shall be out at night in a car unless on duty and with the password of the day. Personally, I don’t see what good this will do. Highly inconvenience for officers. One officer coming through Chelmsford got stopped on his way to this district. He did not know of order and had no password. He telephoned for help. A dispatch cyclist was sent from Great Bentley to give him the password. This cyclist, though on General Hoare’s orders, was not allowed to go through Colchester, and in the end the  officer had to go home by train.

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