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

PUBLISHED: 20:06 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 15:44 11 May 2010

Went to observation post for iron. High explosive bursting over trenches. Jock and I with sheet of iron each. When near battery, were shelled. Nearly hit. Had tolie in shell hole. Crawled to trech. Shelled for three hours. Fired all night. - May 3, 1918.

Went to observation post for iron. High explosive bursting over trenches. Jock and I with sheet of iron each. When near battery, were shelled. Nearly hit. Had tolie in shell hole. Crawled to trech. Shelled for three hours. Fired all night.

- May 3, 1918.

At 7am a gas attack. For two hours the air was thick but to our battery there was no ill effects. C Battery were unlucky. Their guns were in a hollow.

It was quite misty where they were. The gas did not rise, but when the mist cleared it evaporated slowly and by night all were gassed.

- May 4, 1918.

4am, preparing position at right of road for our left section. Sure it was time that we moved. The position was getting too "hot". When removing iron from the officers' dugout we were spotted by a balloon.

- May 6, 1918.

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