Extract from the diary of Lt B H Gregg, 5th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
[Lt Gregg joined up in August 1914 in Chester. He survived the war and died aged 102 in Canada.]
During the night enemy artillery opened fire. Shelling at night was something new so an attack was expected. Nothing developed. Lucky for me. There is still no revolver available. If the enemy entered the trench it would have to be fists! Or the bayonet of the nearest casualty.