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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I think I’ll be a navvy when it’s over! 26th June 1917

Digging all day long I think I shall be a navvy when it’s over! I don’t think!

Bully beef stew for dinner 25th June 1917

Just waiting for breakfast and I can’t half put it at one side. Two hours off then work again then I suppose it’s Bully Beef stew for dinner

They keep us up! 24th June 1917

Making XC dug out. Action at night supposed S.O.S but only a flask after working till 12:30 from 8 am. They keep us up as long as possible but, they won’t always have their say,

Very dull day 23rd June 1917

Very dull this morn and looks like being a wet day.

Friday 22nd June 1917

No diary entry today (Next entry tomorrow)

Still digging gun pits 21st June 1917

I had a good long talk with B Hunter.

Still digging gun pits Metz

I think we are winning! 20th June 1917

Sometimes we get a look in the village and other times we don’t but the gerry’s haven’t left much stuff behind. Never mind I think we are winning.

Tuesday 19th June 1917


102 years since the Battle of Waterloo 18th June 1917

Battle of Waterloo some 102 years ago but we keep on digging

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