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.
In a small village called Villers-Guislain in action.
*Villers-Guislan is a small village just around 20km south of Cambrai it is likely that Gunner Grimshaw was involved in artillery support in the Battle of Cambrai which lasted until the 4th December 1917
Now the fun begins what a horrible noise! 6:20am Boy’s over the top.
* This was the first day of the Battle of Cambrai that utilised the Mark IV tank after a successful initial day of tank, artillery and infantry attack with gains of 5 miles behind the German lines. However by the second day only half of the tanks were still operational and a massive German counter-attack followed.
Waiting for the straff, expecting to start at 4:30pm. Never mind we are ready!
Next diary entry by Gunner Grimshaw is tomorrow
Gunner Grimshaw is still too busy to write in his diary today. He writes again on the 19th November 1917
No diary entry until the 19th November 1917
Gunner Grimshaw writes again on 19th November 1917
No diary entry today
Hell of a morning! Up the lines at 10:30am and no tea, on parade 2:30 and still on at 8 o’clock