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.]
Wed Very hot march to baths at BERLENCOURT where 200 men per hour are washed. Party went by motor lorry to see trenches & explanation of the demonstration. Howells my batman goes to the Orderly Room as clerk and very quietly in comes TOM JONES to replace him [It was Sergeant Moss’ suggestion & so began one of the war’s real comradeship only ending by T.J’s death in Nova Scotia on Sunday 17 December 1950].