Luggie strafing this battery by
aero observation - some excitement.
Letter from Fred Jones.Letter from Ma.
Nothing much doing.
Letters from Gertie and Lily.
Terrific bombardment of this
valley, fairly put the wind up me, one fell within 50 yards of me, went
down like a pancake, all tres bon though.Both aerials blown down hole all smashed about.
Busy day plenty of machines about.Some job to repair the aerials.My word, some duds.
Definition:dud - (2) An incapable person; no good
Day quite, should have been a
shoot, weather unfavourable.
Luggie strafing a little this
Letters from Dad, Nellie and
Gertie.Dull day nothing
Letter from Gertie.Nothing doing again.
Parcel and letter from Ma.Enjoyed a fine walk through Vaux Wood this morning with Charlie
Vaux Wood is 1m east of Suzanne on River Somme.
Fair kind of day, quite decent this
Few machines about.Organised strafe this morning, some noise.
Fair day, bit doing.Should have been aeroplane shoot 6 am today, came over, but too
Germans take British trenches
north-east of Vermelles (La Bassee), 40 miles north of HTT.
Letter from Gertie.Fair day, much warmer.
Terrific bombardment at weeping gas in
big quantities, 60 pounders replied with effect.Hear that Luggie made an advance but was repulsed.
Big things are brewing.
60 pounders – heavy
·built by the Elswick Ordnance
·twelve horses were needed to move it;
·5 inches (12.7 cms) calibre;
·weighed four tons (4,470 kg);
·range of 11,611 meters and fired a 60
Nothing doing again too dull.
Books, parcel and letter from Ma.
Same as yesterday.
Letters from Gertie and Lily.
Not a bad day.
Parcel and letter from home.Grand day, up at 5 am.
Germans capture British mine crater on Vimy Ridge, 25
miles north of HTT.
Aeroplane shoot this evening.Glorious day.
There is a reference to this shoot in the 9th
Siege Battery’s War Diary of 18/8/16 “ 3 Armour Piercing on F10b12.35,
Letter from R, pen from Herbert.
Very successful aeroplane shoot.Walked to Bray this evening and saw old Bunny.
Extract from Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig's 1st
Despatch, 19 May 1916:
“I take this opportunity to bring to notice the
admirable work which the Royal Flying Corps has continued to perform, in
spite of much unfavourable weather, in carrying out reconnaissance duties,
in taking photographs - an important aid to reconnaissance which has been
brought to a high pitch of perfection - and in assisting the work of our
Artillery by registering targets and locating hostile batteries.
In the performance of this work they have flown in weather
when no hostile aeroplane ventured out, and they have not hesitated to fly
low, under fire of the enemy's guns, when their duties made it necessary
to do so.
The observers, no less than the pilots, have done
excellent service, and many fine feats have been performed by both.
Much inventive genius has been displayed; and our
equipment for photography, wireless telegraphy, bomb-dropping and
offensive action generally has been immensely improved.”
Glorious day.Capt Everidge came round, very chatty.
Now we shan’t
British regain mine crater on Vimy Ridge.
Letter from Ma.
Glorious day, terribly busy.
Had a shoot booked for cancelled
owing to thunderstorm.
Letter from G.
Luggie ranging on top road, both
aerials shot away.
Letters from Dad and Syd.Nothing much doing.
Letter from Airman and parcel from
Terrific bombardment of valley
about .Walked to Bray this evening saw old Bunny, got soaked to the skin,
Letters from Fred Jones, Ma and G.Fair day, plenty of other squadrons out no M’s.
Very decent day, plenty doing.Went and saw Williams this evening, took a stroll up the valley,
very interesting to see the immense preparations.
How much longer.
Preparations for the Battle
of the Somme:The
battle was a Franco-British attempt to pierce the German lines near the
river Somme. Initially
conceived as a small-scale offensive based mainly on artillery firepower,
General Haig expanded the offensive throughout the second half of 1916 in
an attempt to achieve a major breakthrough.The British planned to attack on a 15 mile front between Serre,
north of the Ancre, and Curlu, north of the Somme. Five French
divisions would attack an eight mile front south of the Somme, between Curlu
Fine day.Went with G Woods up in the first line of trenches, very
Germans bombard British line between La Bassee Canal and Arras.
Letter from Dad.Bad news about Syd being wounded.
Letter from Lily.
Decent day after a dull morning.
Decent day but very misty.Went up to F.P. this morning, too misty for observation.