Extract from the diary of Lt Charles Brockbank, 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
Sunday. This morning we went out on a digging fatigue, digging reserve trenches in the third line of defence. This means we had to march eight miles over frozen roads to the scene of operations & then try to dig trenches in the icebound ground. The picks only chipped it out in small pieces & the shovels were practically useless. However we were kept at it for four hours & then were marched the eight miles back to billets. It is no joke tying to march on frozen roads & by the time we got back we were all fagged out.