Extract from the war diary of Lt Charles Brockbank, Machine Gun Corps
Wednesday. A relief suddenly appeared this morning just after I had had a tussle with the infantry officer about sending my men out into the trench so as his men could rub their feet. Naturally I refused and he got quite heated. We had an awful time getting out of the SCHWABEN, the mud was up to our waist & Knowles got stuck. It took three men to pull him out. We staggered down to THIEPVAL, had a rest & then on down to AUTHUILLE where we dropped down & rested. The sergeant gave me some tea and there was a good stiff dose of rum in it. It was not long before I felt better.