26 December 1914

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

charles brockbank

Saturday. Hardly anything to do today back in billets except writing & censoring letters but just as our men were to move off, this evening, up to the line the Germans planted some little shrapnel within a few yards of them. By extraordinary good luck it only wounded three, one had his thigh broken, one a bit in the leg below the knee & the other a slight fleshwound [sic]. Considering there were about 300 men on parade it was a lucky escape. I was having a bath in the brewery when it happened & two of the bullets came thro the window & roof. My flight was amusing.

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