Sunday 24th September: Ginchy
We were out carrying wounded all night from Ginchy Ridge to Frooms Wood owing to the wagons not being able to get up; the roads being too bad. After breakfast we went out and finished the dugout at the support trench, a German aeroplane spotted us and the Germans strafed us but we got it finished alright.
The attack is coming off tomorrow and the Tanks are working their way up to the first line today. Three of our aeroplanes are now lying in the open between the support trench and Ginchy Ridge having been brought down this last week. The pilot of one of them is lying beside his machine having been burned to death.
Monday 25th September: Ginchy
The attack is coming off between 1 and 2pm today; we are all ready for it and have
everything ready. It has turned out a fine day and everything seems to be in our favour. The guns have been hard at it all night and are going at it harder than ever.
The last of the Land Dreadnaughts are passing on up to the first line.
We are standing by ready to move up to the front line as we are to follow the infantry over the top. A few German shells are passing over our heads and dropping in Frooms Wood and a fight between two aeroplanes is going on over our heads.
We moved on up to the support trench and there had to crouch down in funk holes for at 12 o’clock every gun seemed to break into one great roar. The noise is terrible and the Germans are strafing this trench for all they are worth.
We did not have to stick this for long as the German fire lifted as our troops were now advancing. The Guards having already taken Lesbeoufs and the prisoners are coming down in droves.
We can also see our Cavalry coming up on our left near the village of Flers but we did not have much time to watch anything now as we had our share to do. As we went over to our old first line we could see our infantry moving out of the other end of the village and advancing up the slope in front.
We now had to work our hardest and though the Germans strafed us heavily we still had to keep on. We have lost few of our Ambulance and are working short-handed.
Tuesday 26th September: Lesbeoufs
We were at it all night bringing in the wounded and are still at it. About mid-day the Germans strafed us very heavily when we were out collecting and we lost three of our bearers killed and three wounded, two of those killed have been with us since the start of the war.
The Division on our left the 21st did not get their objectives yesterday but after a short bombardment got it today with the aid of the Tanks and from the ridge we were on we could see the Germans in the wood in front and also our Cavalry trying to find a way through.
I don’t think it was much of a success with the Cavalry though they brought back some prisoners with the Germans shelling them all the way back.
Wednesday 27th September: Lesbeoufs
We were at it all night again but had them all clear by daylight when we were relieved by No. 9 Field Ambulance bearers who had gone back yesterday for a rest.
After being relieved we came back to Ginchy ridge for a rest and lay down in shell holes near our old Dressing Station there. In the afternoon we were shelled by the Germans very heavily but they only managed to wound two of our bearers though one was serious. At 7pm we went further back to the other side of Frooms Wood where we lay down and slept in a trench for the night.
Thursday 28th September: Carnoy
After breakfast and after burying three of our bearers ”who had been killed with a shell two days ago” we marched back to Carnoy where we billeted in a field.
Two German aeroplanes were over here last night dropping bombs; killing 70 horses and wounding over 200, only one or two men were hit.
Friday 29th September: Bronfay Farm
After staying in Carnoy nearly all day we packed up at 5pm and marched to the Corps Dressing Station at Bronfay Farm near Bray and joined our Headquarters there. We are out of action for a week or two now and the Division is going back for a rest.
Saturday 30th September: Bronfay farm
All our transport and Headquarters left here today, the remainder of us go tomorrow by bus.