Extract from the diary of Lt Charles Brockbank, 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
We have moved nearer, but have also been told our Coy. is for the trenches again tonight, so we are none too cheerful. It has all turned out better than we expected as we have been changed from the Brigade we were with to another one and have not gone back to the “grouse butts”. We are in some dugouts behind the line about 300 yards, so have a good deal to be thankful for. It is pouring with rain and bitterly cold, so much so that I cannot sleep and am writing this by candle light in the dugout which is six feet square and about eighteen inches deep. Discomfort is hardly suitable as an expression.