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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

Digging

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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