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

- We heard that two guns were to be taken back to training school for officers behind the line. The officers drew lots and Lt Alcombe won. The left section was to have a holiday. – May 7, 1917. - At night Allen (F Gun) and I went to Roisel. Half-hour walk

- We heard that two guns were to be taken back to training school for officers behind the line. The officers drew lots and Lt Alcombe won. The left section was to have a holiday.

- May 7, 1917.

- At night Allen (F Gun) and I went to Roisel. Half-hour walk perhaps. Went to the canteen and had to scramble under cover.

The town was shelled with eight-inch shells. A lot of damage done - several killed.


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- May 16, 1917.

- We made a "bivi" with a trench sheet thrown over a gun. Really it was nice to know that undisturbed could continue sleeping until the morning.

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- May 21, 1917.

- Loaded up with shells. Walked over the field to YMCA at Tincourt. Piano and singsong. Yes, we had a most enjoyable evening.

- May 22, 1917.

- Moved off at 9am to where we did not know. We only knew that we were bound for a sort of land of peace.

- May 23, 1917.

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