15 December 1914

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

charles brockbank

We did very little today except for one rifle inspection. Pte. Bardsley had the misfortune to blow his trigger finger off through pulling his rifle towards him & a bean stick catching the trigger. As the gun was cocked & loaded it went off, the bullet passing between three men before going through the wall of the barn. Watched the anti-aircraft guns shelling a plane but they could not hit him. The puffs of smoke from the shell-bursts hang for ages & ages and it is very good fun speculating where the next puff will come

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