Extract from the diary of Lt Charles Brockbank, 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
Monday. It poured all night, to our great discomfort and as soon as it was light enough the Germans started shelling us, but with little result. A lot of the shells burst within 30 yards of the dugout I was in, but none very close. Bits of shrapnel kept falling in the doorway. Plenty of narrow escapes but no one was wounded. A direct hit on our earthwork blows a gap in it so we never feel quite happy in a straf but as soon as it finishes we feel inclined to belittle the event.