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.]
Taube aeroplane overhead in the morning. Calm, clean day. 5p.m. The enemy with a well directed first shell score a direct hit on our last night’s work. No casualty. For two hours he keeps shelling us with twenty eight shells in all, every one of which dropped either in front or behind the trench without further damage. In the darkness waiting for the relief to arrive at 10 p.m. I can see in the distance YPRES blazing fiercely, a bright patch of orange to the North West in which the spire & towers show dwarfed & distantly below the pall of smoke. I hear the intermittent crackle of rifle fire, the occasional passing of a shell high in the air and close at hand the song of a nightingale. We must move back to SPOIL BANK.