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

PUBLISHED: 13:01 31 May 2007 | UPDATED: 15:06 12 May 2010

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.

- Another two guns arrived on the same stunt as us. From the 181 Bat. 40 Division. An East End crowd and a lively one, too. These were 4.5 guns.

- June 4, 1917

- Terrific thunderstorm. Village streets were flooded to a depth of three feet, much to the delight of the village boys.

- June 7, 1917

- A day in Amiens - and it was a day, too. The city then had not been shelled. We visited most of the principle sights. Went to the market. Have never before or since seen so many eggs. Cafes we visited (a change for us).

All roads into Amiens were well guarded. But for future visits we noted how these sentries could be dodged.

- June 8, 1917


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