Lieut Turner came, brought a new fellow to relieve me, supposed
to go back for a two week rest.What
kind of rest I wonder.
High Wood, four German
3 killed and about a dozen wounded by Fritz HE.Too warm to be pleasant.
Why no letter from G, quite a long time now.
One of the dead:William McClelland, Gunner 17361, 9th Siege Bty, RGA who died on Saturday 2 September 1916, aged 29. [http://www.lurganancestry.net/recordsonline/1914-18war/details/1914-18mcclellandwilliam.html]
Infantry went over today at about .Never have
I seen so many wounded come along.Hundreds
and hundreds of them.They say
we are doing well.
Somme front, Ginchy and all Guillemont, with many prisoners,
captured by British.
Infantry have taken Leuze Wood and part of Ginchy.
East of Guillemont the Allied
line is carried forward 1,500 yards; Allies hold most of Leuze Wood.
Allies occupy whole of
enemy's second line on the Somme.
Came back to Morlancourt for a rest, no work only parades.
Plenty of rows already, Capt Rolfe especially.
At Morlancourt Aerodrome, home of 9 Squadron until 14th
Somme front: British gain Leuze Wood. Capture of Guillemont and
advance to Ginchy completed.
Nothing much to do, had a mooch around Morlancourt this
Ladie [?] and I went for a long walk this morning.Went to Trones and Bernafay Woods this afternoon with Lieut Turner.
Casualty Clearing Centre under fire at Trones Wood, August 1916
Went down to Jewels place all day.Damned fine concert this evening.
Had photo taken at Etinehem this afternoon, ready next
Northern Somme: British capture Ginchy and make advance of 300 yards
east of High Wood; north-east of Pozieres, take 600 yards of enemy
End of second phase of Battle of the Somme.
Went to Amiens at toady, jolly
fine time, came back at .Cinema show
British line advanced a mile east of Guillemont, also 1,000 yards
east of Ginchy.
Drill at broke me up.Went
down to Bunny’s place, after I had had a flight this morning.
Did nothing out of the ordinary today, only missed drill
Somme: French take south of Combles to the river, Hill 145,
Marrieres Wood, all enemy trench system up to Bapaume-Peronne road, and
Went to Amiens this morning, rattling fine, and then in the evening made a
trip to Bunny’s.Lost
ourselves coming back.
Got the photos, rotten looking things.
Had to pack up this morning, went out with Turner.Left me at 110th Siege, rotten.Why didn’t he let me return to 9th Siege.Awful spot here, just in front of Trones Wood.
Moved to Trones Wood to join
110th Siege Battery, RGA until 1st October.
Slept last night in signallers hut, transferred to my own
Tanks:A new era in warfare began on 15 September
1916 when the British used tanks for the first time. Only
about 40 were available and many of these failed to reach the start line. A
few spectacular advances were made by these terrifying monsters, notably
at Flers and Courcelette [2 miles north of Trones Wood where HTT was that
The tanks were as yet too
slow, unreliable, and few in number to make a significant tactical-as
distinct from a psychological-impact.
Feeling jolly queer with diarrhoea.
Somme near Courcelette the British front advanced 1,000 yards;
"Danube" trench taken, and Mouquet farm (Thiepval) captured.
Lieut Colonel came, everything OK.Turner came also, complained about instrument and how queer I felt.
Went to 9th Siege, got soaked through.Dugout leaks like hell.
Charlie Gall came with new instrument also the mail, il fait
Had shoot with aeroplane, guns not very accurate.
British advance to east of
Strong British aeroplane raid
on important railway stations, much damage done.
Got shelled out of position, very new squeaks.Had to shift back a bit, still found a very decent dugout.
Settled down fine, very comfortable.Got station up in good time, but no calls.
Infantry made splendid progress today, tons of prisoners.They took Thiepval, part of Morval , also all of Combles.
One of our fellows asked a German for a butter.“Take the b_ lot if you like” was the reply.“I’m fed up, your artillery is wicked.You have only got to put your head over the top and you get a shell
all to yourself.” [from page at back of diary dated 25/9/16]
Lesboeufs and Morval captured, Combles hemmed in by Allies.
Three calls on wireless today.Grand day as regards weather.Makes
it very difficult on instrument.Had
a parcel and two letters from home.
Capture of Combles and
Thiepval by Allies.British
storm Gueudecourt, and cavalry pursue Germans.Quantity of stores and many prisoners taken.
French advance east of
Combles and Rancourt, and enter wood of St. Pierre Vaast.
Terrible noise on instrument until when it came on to rain, good job too.
'short-wave' crystal wireless receiver used by RFC ground stations in
World War One
Feel darned queer today.
The same as yesterday, had thoughts of going sick.
Had a bit of mail today for a change.Lieut Turner came, said he would take me back to see Doctor.