Diaries; 3rd – 9th October, 1914.

Saturday 3rd October: Vendresse

We had a lively night on guard on the mad Cameron Highlander and as soon as it was daylight the enemy opened a heavy fire on the Black Watch trenches. They had 16 wounded and one or two from other regiments. We got them all away down the line at night along with the mad Cameron.

Sunday 4th October: Vendresse

This Sunday has not been like others, it has been quiet except for a bombardment by their artillery about tea time. It is getting like siege warfare the same thing day after day. We run  for cover when the coal boxes come too near and enjoy ourselves when it is quiet but not a day passes but we have some wounded from the trenches.

Monday 5th October: Vendresse

Another quiet day nothing of importance happened except the usual few wounded from the trenches.

Tuesday 6th October: Vendresse

Another day of the same only a lot more shells dropping in our direction. 25 shells dropped within 150 yards of us in two hours. Only 5 burst and they did no damage as they all burst in the garden behind the hospital.

Wednesday 7th October: Vendresse/ Villers

Another day of the same shells two or three times a day and German aeroplanes are busy overhead dropping signals.

We have been told C. Section Bearers have to go back to the Tent Section at Villers. We marched off from here at 8 pm leaving the other 2 sections here and arrived at Villers on the banks of the Canal at 11pm. This place is about 6 miles behind Vendresse and about the same distance from the first line of trenches.

Thursday 8th October: Villers

We are clear of shells here except now and then one or two come over. We are billeted in a field so we built huts for ourselves of straw, waterproof sheets and small trees. They are fine and warm and we need them as the nights are growing cold.

Friday 9th October: Villers

Very quiet here we are simply resting. We are getting new boots and clothes and we need them badly, our boots are all done up with the marching we have done since we landed in France.


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