7 March 1915

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

charles brockbank

Sunday. “C” Coy go on a fatigue today, leaving 6.30 A.M. so we had to get up at 5.30 in order to be ready, too early to be appreciated. We boarded buses at the barracks & of course were delayed by engine trouble for half an hour. We got to AIRE at 8.0 A.M. & met the A.S.C. Captain & proceeded to unload rations from a train into barges. It rained all the time till 3.0 p.m. & then the sun shone A.1. We managed to finish by 6.0 p.m. & then came back a nonstop run but it rained the whole time so I was bitterly cold. Went to bed at 9.0 p.m. very tired indeed. The rations we shifted weighed roughly the following.

Case of Biscuits. 75lbs.
Case of M &V ration 75lbs.
Bag of Salt. 80lbs.
Bag of Oates [sic] 80lbs.
Box of Tea 30lbs.
Box of Pepper 30lbs.
Box of Sugar 80lbs.
Box of Tinned Meat 40lbs.
Box of Cheese 120lbs.

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