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

PUBLISHED: 11:11 10 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:49 11 May 2010

Moved to tents. Amused by a preacher in a YMCA or Salvation Army hut converting some of the young soldiers. Mere boys being drafted to some regiment in the line. Many of them had perhaps only experienced a few weeks of Army life. These lads were awfully c

Moved to tents. Amused by a preacher in a YMCA or Salvation Army hut converting some of the young soldiers.

Mere boys being drafted to some regiment in the line.

Many of them had perhaps only experienced a few weeks of Army life.

These lads were awfully curious as to what they were going to. A little group put many questions to me. One couldn't help feeling sorry for them.

Off to the line again and not sorry except we were bound for the Ypres salient.

Most of us had been there before.

A five-hour march with full kit. Entrained at 4pm and our first exploit was to raid a wagon filled with apples.

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