Extract from the diary of Lt Charles Brockbank, 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
Friday. Today we marched four miles to a place where we were to dig trenches. We went through the town where Joan of Arc was born, and we saw a lot of the French coloured cavalry either Algerian or Moroccan, as it was their H.Q. It was fine when we set off but before the work was finished it poured & went on the whole way home so we never halted till we got back to billets. We have had so much rain the last few days that the two ponds in the yard have risen till they joined & all the yard is under water. Fortunately our billet is up two steps so we are not likely to be flooded out, but just cut off except for stepping stones.