15 May 1915

Extract from the war diary of Thomas Bailey, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

I will tell you of a terrible escape that 200, of us had one morning on the 15th of May at 4.30, the germans exploded a mine under our lines which caused a terrible havoc to our men, I am sure it was the first mine that was ever blown up on the British front, and I can assure you all it was a terrible time, as faith was with us it happened to be two yards short of our trenches, we could not get under cover from the falling earth, every one of us was burried (sic) by the falling earth we had a few killed and Wounded, the Huns attacked us, but was driven back by our Reserves, I can assure you I thought my time had come that time.


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