7 June 1916

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


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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