Report from the Front - The Great War diary of Jack Halstead
JACK Halstead was Royston born and bred. His diary was kept during the First World War while he was serving on the Western Front. Copies of the diary – Jack s War – are available from Royston & District Museum, and by taking this article to the museum it
JACK Halstead was Royston born and bred. His diary was kept during the First World War while he was serving on the Western Front.
Copies of the diary - Jack's War - are available from Royston & District Museum, and by taking this article to the museum it is on sale at the reduced purchase price of £15.
- Up at 4am. Cleaned bores of guns. The officers arrived and started firing at 6am. We turned into bed again and slept until noon. Packed up and returned to Vaux.
- June 18, 1917
- A hot day. Thunderstorm in the morning. Warned for another inspection. Left for a position to right of Vignacourt, a much better spot.
Our trench sheet we tied on the trees, making a good shelter. Morris on these stunts acted as our cook, a fellow with a huge imagination. Commenced to rain again so we turned in early.
- 1 Herts sex offender assaulted victim while she slept
- 2 Royston judoka Reid relishing Commonwealth Games chance
- 3 Tractors take to the streets to raise money for hospital
- 4 Bassingbourn Village College students win Pitch for the Prize competition
- 5 What to see in the sky in July: Year's biggest supermoon and meteor showers
- 6 7 of the most beautiful churches in Hertfordshire
- 7 Royston Museum finally reopens following two-year closure
- 8 'Hooded thieves' stole three vehicles
- 9 Royston Town Council declares climate emergency
- 10 Census data reveals Hertfordshire population boom over last decade
- June 19, 1917.
- Visited cemetery. Graves of quite a number of trench mortar gunners who had been killed accidentally.
- June 21, 1917.