Extract from the diary of Lt Charles Brockbank, 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
I have got a new rifle from the armourer in exchange for my old one so am very bucked with myself. Orders have just arrived saying we are to go into the trenches for Xmas-Day which from my point of view is very disappointing, I had been hoping to spend it in billets. I should hate to be killed on Xmas- day it would not be right at all. It is freezing hard now.