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

At 9pm we moved over to a new position. Until 2am we worked and were called out at 8am. Spent the day concealing our position. Fired all night. The enemy did not give us much peace. Very little firing in day. We did our share at night. – May 7, 1918. Out

At 9pm we moved over to a new position. Until 2am we worked and were called out at 8am. Spent the day concealing our position. Fired all night.

The enemy did not give us much peace. Very little firing in day. We did our share at night.

- May 7, 1918.

Out with Mick Golding, searching for "mining sets" (wooden pit props for reinforcing walls and roofs of tunnels).


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Golding was an East Ender of the boxing ring type who was never happy unless on the scrounge. We both excelled in this calling. If anything was required we were sent out together. His pre-war was, perhaps, not of the best.

He showed me newspaper reports of how he just managed to scrape off a manslaughter charge, accused of pushing a man out of a railway carriage. But with all those faults there was not a straighter man.

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