Extract from the diary of Lt Charles Brockbank, 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
Monday. We have moved back to ST JEANS CAPPEL again for our eight days rest. Had a bit of bad luck. When trying to find a billet in an old barn a dog rushed out & attacked me. To save my legs I tried to grab him but he was too quick and caught my right thumb in his teeth. I snatched it out but the teeth furrowed it down to the bone. I bunked for the M.O., who washed it & then cauterized it with caustic in all the torn places. By jove it did hurt, it was bad enough before he touched it, but afterwards well——-. It is still very painful this evening & I have been excused all duty so am taking things easy hoping to be O.K. tomorrow.