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.
- Went up to reserve position as guard. No gun there, only ammunition. Not a very pleasant job, being on one's own. I remember making up my bed on top of shells, and remember no more until morning.
Still it was rather a bad principle to send a lone guard.
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If anything had happened well - on my way back, I found a dead Indian. He had been wounded. He had unwound his turban for a bandage - yards of it.
- May 6, 1917.
- 1 Jail for thief who stole scrap metal worth hundreds
- 2 'Community campaigns are making an impact, so have your say on rail link'
- 3 Three household waste collection crews suspended
- 4 Where has the Duke of Edinburgh visited in Hertfordshire?
- 5 Have your say on Barkway Road development proposal
- 6 Arrest made after woman verbally abused in alleyway
- 7 Family builds fairy garden for grandchildren during lockdown
- 8 Consultation on East West Rail route opens
- 9 'We have a huge task on our hands, but The Pheasant will fly again'
- 10 What can open on April 12 when lockdown rules ease?
n A captive balloon broke loose and floated low over our position. Some guns in rear tried to hit it, but no, it drifted over the enemy's line.
And so we carried on. Weather now was quite good and we were not hard worked and the Front became quieter.
The air force was active on both sides. Air fights were plentiful. Really we were somewhat disappointed if we did not see our every evening air fight.
- May 7, 1917.