Extract from the diary of Harrison Johnston, the 15th (Service) Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, 105th Infantry Brigade, 35th Division
We have got a rug out in the orchard near billets, and Robert, Billy and I are lying in the sun under a cherry tree which has lots of fruit on it. It is a delightful day.
I met some of the Officers of the Battery I was attached to this morning. They are in the next billets to W Company. They pressed me to go in and see them and I shall do so. Their Colonel was with them, so I said I would go later.
Aeroplanes and artillery have been very active this morning. Quite early a Fokker came over, and had a good look round. Three of our fellows appeared all round him and they had a scrap, but the little devil got away all right. Ever since his visit we have been getting shells over. Six let just short of our cross roads, and everyone was a dud. Not one exploded.