26 January 1916

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

charles brockbank

Wednesday.  We turned out at 5.0 A.M. today, then had grub at 6.0. We paraded at 7.0 and marched the six miles to PONT REMY before the attack began. We marched over ploughed fields, through villages & woods for about four miles, then it was finished and we had a pow-wow from the Divl. Comdr. & also the Corps. Comdr. on the attack. When this finished we were free to walk home, a matter of four or five miles, consisting of very muddy roads & fields. I really was absolutely done by the time I reached home, as we had been on our feet, with full pack & ammunition from 7.0 A.M .until 4.30 p.m. with no rest longer than 20 minutes or half an hour. I did not think we had been so many miles until I measured it on the map.  Hope we have a slack day tomorrow. Orders have just been received that the Battn. moves off up the line tomorrow morning at 8.30. What a rush!

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