Terrell, Frederick Leopold – July 1916
Had a nice day today went out on the lines and did repairs to same
… Left our position on Lille Rd. at 3.30 P.M and passed in through Armentiers to a place near on 4 miles away
Turned out at 9 a.m. only having a few hours’ sleep… had a near go last night whilst on my way to I.T. having shells bursting over me.
still at Fluebaux went out on the lines and did a bit. Had a gas alarm in the night …
Had a busy day, laying a line from our head quarters to our waggons lines which are about 2 mile away.
Went out and inspected lines, at 9.45 P.M had to go out and lay a loop line on account of shell fire
Went to observation station today. had the chance of seeing the damage our guns did to the German trenches they were in a confused mass, sandbags scattered everywhere
… Had a very easy day until 3.30 P.M when we received orders to pack up and be ready to move off…
…Packed up and was on the move again at 9.30 to another position 5½ miles away, passed Clarence but did not have the chance of speaking to him
Have not had such a trying time at war as today.
last night was the first nights good sleep I have had for 72 hours…. Had run over lines this morning
The day of great events for the 8 infantry Brigade Aus. Bombardment started at 11 am. and continued until 3 P.M when the infantry charged and was doing well until 12.30 PM when they retired back.
This morning found the 8TH Brigade back in the same spot as when they left, and many men short. no mans land was a terrible sight dead and dying everywhere.
there are still many wounded laying out in no mans land and are craving for water …
22 and 23 July
Was working at 1.30a m bed at 2.30 a m, turned out again at 8.a.m. had a rest all day until 4P.M when I had to get a move left our firing position at 3 a m arrived at horse lines at 6.30 am had breakfast and left again for a new billet 5 miles off
… went to Sailly Baths where I had my first cleanser since arriving in France have been in fairly lively action for 27 days.
Had riding lessons this morning, and are expecting to be in the firing line again in a day or two. … Wrote letters to Clara & mother …
Turned out at 5.30 a m . went through physical training which is part of our daily routine… received parcel of socks from Mother…
Things going fairly well plenty of work doing though we are supposed to be resting…
Had church parade in morning. This is the first Sunday we have had
On sick list again. have septic sores on my hands again these are the only things I am troubled with and are due to no vegetables