1917 WW1 Diary of Gunner Lawrence Enderson Grimshaw (A/Cpl) 112573 Royal Garrison Artillery

First diary entry 1/1/1917

On the Somme, not so bad for new years day. Attached to the 49th Siege Battery. What a place I wouldn’t have told anyone about this place. I hope we are not here long.

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Out all day 24th March 1917

Out all day in rain got to bed about 1am

On the move 23rd March 1917

Starting to move. Taken all our stuff and what a job!

Snowing and out all day 22nd March 1917

Snowing and out all day. Parcel and letter from Guide. Wrote back to Guide And E Garsden

Nice easy day 21st March 1917

Had a very nice easy day nothing doing. No shells flying about. It just looks like the war is over. Letter from home.

Interesting day 20th March 1917

One of the most interesting days of the lot. I set off at 3am and did not arrive back 8pm been to Rocquigny or Rocquenes.  *Raining nearly all the time.

Just like mice! 19th March 1917

Messing about out in the cold but soon go under just like a lot of mice we come out for a lump of cheese. No mail.

Just like peace but no hope yet 18th March 1917

Supposed to be going in a new gun emplacement but don’t know for sure. No shells or anything flying about just like peace but no hopes yet.

Germans on the run 17th March 1917

Two parcels from home nothing to shout at. The Germans said to be on the run at night we could see the villages burning.

Lovely day 16th March 1917

Lovely day and not much work. Parcel from home and one from E Garsden Letters from Fred H and Lot

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