10:30pm starts the big push and what a night. Gas shells again! I shall never forget this lot. For 3 hours he straffed the road with gas shells it was awful!
Old Fritz put 4 and 3 guns out of action and what a game. He got among our billets again and didn’t forget to put some 5-9 on. Bullivent and Coe wounded Coe not so bad.
One shell on No 4 gun. Killed 5 and wounded 6 what a night! I don’t want any more nights like that. Wallbank, Steele, Richards, Bennett and Sweeney killed.
Footnote: War Graves Commission records show that Serjeant John Sweeney died on 13th August 1917 and buried along with John Bennett at Noeux les Mines Communal Cemetery. W Wallbank A Steele J Richards were buried at Maroc Cemetery near Marzingarbe.
J Sumner wounded. Fritzy’s shelling and gas shells what a night! 173-0L 10MR. Old Fritzy’s shelling our billet 5 rounds gun fire. (some pencil scribbles over entry so difficult to read)
Just moved our billet and a good job too for he’s knocked down the house that we left. Sumner? Wounded. What a life! Gas shells at night.
Gunner Grimshaw writes again tomorrow
No diary entry from Gunner Grimshaw. He writes again on 10th August 1917 and describes the “big push” over the following days
Gunner Grimshaw is again too busy to write a diary entry today