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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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In action in Villers-Guislain 21st November 1917

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

The fun begins… what a horrible noise! 20th November 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! 19th November 1917

Waiting for the straff, expecting to start at 4:30pm.  Never mind we are ready!

Sunday 18th November 1917

Next diary entry by Gunner Grimshaw is tomorrow

Saturday 17th November 1917

Gunner Grimshaw is still too busy to write in his diary today. He writes again on the 19th November 1917

Friday 16th November 1917

No diary entry until the 19th November 1917

Thursday 15th November 1917

Gunner Grimshaw writes again on 19th November 1917

Wednesday 14th November 1917

No diary entry today

Hell of a morning! Up the lines! 13th November 1917

Hell of a morning! Up the lines at 10:30am and no tea, on parade 2:30 and still on at 8 o’clock

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