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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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More Mud! 15th January 1917

More Mud I think it’s mudland over the ankles in mud!

Sunday 14th January 1917

Sunday again but what use to us… its 7 days a week!

13th January 1917

Off duty or should be, they nearly always find us something to do.

Mud! 12th January 1917

More mud I’m just about sick of it!

Hellish weather 11th January 1917

Off duty but it’s no use for we have nowhere to go and it’s hellish weather

The boys “over the top” 10th January 1917

M Harvey killed the first of the 216 siege battery. Brockhurst wounded. I think the boys were over the top this morning but I don’t know for sure, we put plenty of stuff behind the lines

Off Duty 9th January 1917

Off duty today or supposed to be, but we get bits of things to do.

In action 8th January 1917

Very busy today. Sent 145 shells over to the Fritz and our gun just 46 in 40 min or 46 in 31 ½ min. Out of action 8 ½ min

Sunday 7th January 1917

Church parade. I don’t think everyday is alike here… we cannot tell one from the other!

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