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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RIP Simeon Johnson and A Staniford 23rd September 1917

No 2 gun again 2 killed and 3 others wounded Southworth, B Ball and Johnson and Staniford killed
No 3 gun pulled out for the 6th time

*photos of Simeon Johnson and A Stainford headstones taken during our visit to France 

Saturday 22nd September 1917

No diary entry today by Gunner Grimshaw. More from him tomorrow

Finding new lodgings 21st September 1917

Here we are again in Loos after being up all night finding new lodgings. Its a fine game when played right. Anyway got down in our own billet about 12 o’clock midnight then up again at 6am to move our kits to the new billet.

Thursday 20th September 1917

Digging at Loos 1pm till 8pm (*I’m assuming this is on the 19th September 1917) then 5am to 1pm. Fritzy shelling the road near Loos today.


Wednesday 19th September 1917

No diary entry today by Gunner Grimshaw he’s probably too busy digging gun pits!

More gun pits! 18th September 1917

Digging more gun pits at Loos. They are supposed to be for someone else and I hope so!

24 hours off now! 17th September 1917

Digging at Loos (Loos – en – Gohelle) we have now 24 hours off not bad. D section.

Digging at Loos 16th September 1917

Digging at Loos with C Section.

Saturday 15th September 1917

Gunner Grimshaw writes again tomorrow.

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