7 June 1916

Extract from the diary of Harrison Johnston, the 15th (Service) Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, 105th Infantry Brigade, 35th Division

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It rained most of the day. Wiring parties for the field opposite had been forgotten, so we were put on the job and worked until lunch time. I took these myself as Robert had been up early,

At 2.30 pm we went to a conference with the C.O. before going into the trenches. Same bit of line but “Z” on the left, “Y” in centre and we on the right. We are trying a daylight relief by Companies at three hours’ interval – feel sure it will work all right. Nothing else very startling.

The Battalion on our right are making a raid the night we go in. We’re all O.K.

During the afternoon we all had hot baths at the O.C. Tramways HQ where Jones had made arrangements for us in a little dug-out. As we are going into the trenches for eight or nine days it is just as well to start as clean as possible. Jones came for dinner with us, also the M.O.

 

 

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