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

PUBLISHED: 18:50 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 11 May 2010

Every night we waited for a signal gun and then would wait for the drone of the Gothas . At sunset a ring of observation balloons would go up at intervals of 500 yards. Why? And what were they for? We did not know. Several planes were brought down. Two

Every night we waited for a signal gun and then would wait for the drone of the "Gothas".

At sunset a ring of observation balloons would go up at intervals of 500 yards. Why? And what were they for? We did not know. Several planes were brought down.

Two bottles of stout a day was included in my ration. Otherwise we lived on milk and the products of milk.

One of my jobs was to re-number books in the hospital library. Miss Birdwood (daughter of General Birdwood of the 5th Army) was in charge of this section.

When on that job was provided with "posh" teas. The was moved over to A block.

- June 17, 1918.

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