The Great War diary of Jack Halstead

PUBLISHED: 11:06 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:41 11 May 2010

* For the last two weeks, the spare gunners from the wagon line were kept busy constructing reserve positions. Digging pits and trenches and on this day several of us went on the same stunt. At 4.30pm we packed up and started for battery. Most of us the

* For the last two weeks, the spare gunners from the wagon line were kept busy constructing reserve positions.

Digging pits and trenches and on this day several of us went on the same stunt. At 4.30pm we packed up and started for battery.

Most of us then returned via Crucifix Corner and the sunken road. Six of us decided to chance the valley.

We wished that we hadn't when within a few hundred yards from right section, a German straff commenced.

For an hour we lay in a shell hole and dare not show our heads above the ground.

- March 10, 1918


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