Report from the Front: The Great War diary of Jack Halstead

PUBLISHED: 19:32 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:46 11 May 2010

Clearing up the guns. Moved horse line further up the valley. Warned for holiday by the sea, and I could do with it. I had never felt so ill. Gather a new kit bag together with the help of Wringle and Charlie Peters of A Battery. At the end of the valley

Clearing up the guns. Moved horse line further up the valley. Warned for holiday by the sea, and I could do with it. I had never felt so ill. Gather a new kit bag together with the help of Wringle and Charlie Peters of A Battery.

At the end of the valley were the 42 Division Artillery, the section that had been with us at Vaux (Amiens). They, too, had fared badly.

- May 25, 1918.

At 6am arrived at Saint Valery, a rest camp on the cliffs. Some 1,600 troops from the third Army. Saint Valery, a small harbour at the mouth of the Somme. Several air raids in two nights. Had to take our beds to the beach.

We heard of German second push, this being below Amiens. Yanks had experienced gunfire for the first time.

- May 27, 1918.

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