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.
- Morning: We picked the lock of the ammunition store, getting up at 3am for this exploit. At 10am three of use went on a fishing expedition.
Walked to Allis-sur-Somme. We had already seen a boat anchored up the river. Believe me, there wasn't much that escaped us. The boat we borrowed (without asking, of course).
Down stream we went and commenced our fishing. The method I will explain. A Mills bomb is an egg-shaped affair and a split pin is withdrawn. This releases the level, which springs up and strikes the detonator when leaving the hand. A few seconds later, the bomb bursts.
Well, we threw it into the water: a bang and a spurt of water, and we rowed back to collect the dead fish that floated to the surface.
- 1 Eight things we learned from the prime minister's briefing
- 2 Metal detectorist, 13, explains how she discovered Bronze Age hoards near Royston
- 3 Royston crews' tribute after 'incredible' fire dog's death
- 4 Royston museum under new management
- 5 15 adorable rescue pets in Hertfordshire looking for loving new homes this Christmas
- 6 Two year ban on begging for these six
- 7 Auditor who fell ill on eve of farmgate report not returning to council
- 8 £800,000 artificial football pitch opens at Melbourn Village College
- 9 IWM Duxford exhibition to display largest collection of Spitfires under one roof
- 10 Bronze Age hoards containing around 200 items found near Royston
- June 10, 1917