23 November 1914

Extract from the diary of Lt Charles Brockbank, 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Monday. We spent all this morning out in the plough lands practising “Art-Form” [ART-FORM is an artillery formation in which troops are spread at intervals of approximately 25 yards] which is quite good fun but gives you a tremendous appetite. We got back to billets at about 3.0 p.m. so did nothing more than lounge about. The names of the villages were [sic] are occupying are HELFAUT & BILQUES. Our billet is a big house, 10 x 12, and we have about a foot of straw on the floor so that we lie four men along one wall and one along the feet of the four others. As there is usually a decent fire made up at night it is a very comfortable billet. We shall probably fare much worse than this.

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