29 May 1916

Extract from the war diary of Lt Charles Brockbank, Machine Gun Corps

charles brockbank

Monday.  Wandered all round the country this morning in the hopes of finding the Company & eventually landed on them at a bivouac at mid-day just outside BETHUNE. At 2.0 p.m. I had to go & prospect all the M.G. positions in the south of the canal sector. This was a very long job & so as a result I only got back at 10.0 p.m. very tired indeed. I rigged up my valise with a ground-sheet over it to keep out the dew & at midnight it started to rain and poured almost continuously until 7.30 when I decided to arise.

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