12 November 1916

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

charles brockbank

Sunday.  Moved up to the SCHWABEN this afternoon and got a good idea of our “battle-positions”. The Huns put a fairly stiff barrage down on our position but did no great damage. We are to go over the top & take ST PIERRE DIVION whilst the Royal Naval Division take BEAUMONT HAMEL. It should be fairly exciting as we have to cross over a bare skyline.

[During the action on the following day, Brockbank was buried by a large shell and was then uncovered by another shell, retired to England with shellshock and, when out of hospital, spent his time at Harrowby Camp. M.G.T.C Grantham as an assistant Quartermaster. He was due to go overseas when the Armistice was signed.]

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