Extract from the diary of B H Gregg
[Pte Gregg joined up in August 1914 in Chester and was posted to the newly formed 12th Bn and sent to Lewes for training. He survived the war and died aged 102 in Canada]
Tuesday. Leave camp 8:30a.m. with wagon & supplies for a field day. March to WEST DEAN in the hollow of the DOWNS. Kitchens set up and dinner prepared while the company practised the art of evading shrapnel fire. At mid-day it was hot. We lay in the grass on the hillside & ate our dinner. It was quiet & far from the world sequestered here on the spacious Downs, and I seemed to be in a far country. The march home began at 3p.m. We saw antiquated agricultural implements in use and saw flocks of sheep and listened to the sound of bells.