The Great War diary of Jack Halstead

PUBLISHED: 17:46 10 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:21 04 May 2010

# Returned to battery. The major had gone to England and the other officers to Paris. Orders to pack up. I had a bad cold at the time. We were to go on a calibration trial. Just three drivers of each gun team and the detachment. Cold or no cold, I was goi

# Returned to battery. The major had gone to England and the other officers to Paris.

Orders to pack up. I had a bad cold at the time. We were to go on a calibration trial. Just three drivers of each gun team and the detachment. Cold or no cold, I was going.

- January 22, 1918.

# To save me walking, I rode on a general service wagon. The village had been in the hands of the Germans for just one day in 1914. They told us in quite good English how the Germans entered.

- January 23, 1918.

# Went on the Fricourt range. The place is well known to those that took part in the 1916 Somme battle.

What a change in the old battlefield. Nature had almost obliterated all traces of war.

- January 25, 1918.


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