John Breed, Diary and Training diary, item 30

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May 1st. Tuesday.


Had aeroplane shoot to start 6am. Action

given and men making their way down on

the guns. German shell came over minus

battery, another plus, and the 3rd in No 4

shell recess, blowing 130 ready fused shells

50 yds away in all directions. None exploded

although one was cut in two. Obtained driving

band of same. No 4 gun being at ordinance.

returning tonight. Nos. 1-2-3 guns badly

damaged, especially No 2, which was turned

completely on its back. On taking

measurement of shell holes caused through

shell fire, found several 12 ft deep. 21 ft across

Stores from No. 4 gun pit found some 150 yds

away. Unknown soldiers grave, which was

found in a very critical condition, when we

first entered this position, was splendidly

kept by our men. Shell blew it to Hell

and the water which filled the hole was

discoloured red.

Battery cook house blown into fragments

Belgian farmer from farmhouse at which

Major lives, was seen to leave at very

great speed taking in a sand bag the 

ready cash, leaving behind his two

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May 1st. Tuesday.


Had aeroplane shoot to start 6am. Action

given and men making their way down on

the guns. German shell came over minus

battery, another plus, and the 3rd in No 4

shell recess, blowing 130 ready fused shells

50 yds away in all directions. None exploded

although one was cut in two. Obtained driving

band of same. No 4 gun being at ordinance.

returning tonight. Nos. 1-2-3 guns badly

damaged, especially No 2, which was turned

completely on its back. On taking

measurement of shell holes caused through

shell fire, found several 12 ft deep. 21 ft across

Stores from No. 4 gun pit found some 150 yds

away. Unknown soldiers grave, which was

found in a very critical condition, when we

first entered this position, was splendidly

kept by our men. Shell blew it to Hell

and the water which filled the hole was

discoloured red.

Battery cook house blown into fragments

Belgian farmer from farmhouse at which

Major lives, was seen to leave at very

great speed taking in a sand bag the 

ready cash, leaving behind his two


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  • March 26, 2017 01:50:31 Cheryl Ellsworth

    May 1st. Tuesday.


    Had aeroplane shoot to start 6am. Action

    given and men making their way down on

    the guns. German shell came over minus

    battery, another plus, and the 3rd in No 4

    shell recess, blowing 130 ready fused shells

    50 yds away in all directions. None exploded

    although one was cut in two. Obtained driving

    band of same. No 4 gun being at ordinance.

    returning tonight. Nos. 1-2-3 guns badly

    damaged, especially No 2, which was turned

    completely on its back. On taking

    measurement of shell holes caused through

    shell fire, found several 12 ft deep. 21 ft across

    Stores from No. 4 gun pit found some 150 yds

    away. Unknown soldiers grave, which was

    found in a very critical condition, when we

    first entered this position, was splendidly

    kept by our men. Shell blew it to Hell

    and the water which filled the hole was

    discoloured red.

    Battery cook house blown into fragments

    Belgian farmer from farmhouse at which

    Major lives, was seen to leave at very

    great speed taking in a sand bag the 

    ready cash, leaving behind his two

  • February 23, 2017 05:42:11 Erin Selvey

    May 1st. Tuesday.


    Had aeroplane shoot to start 6am. Action

    given and men making their way down on

    the guns. German shell came over minus

    battery, another plus, and the 3rd in row

    shell recess. Slowing 130 ready fused shells

    30 yds away in all directions. Some exploded

    although one was cut in two. Obtained driving

    band of same No 4 gun being at ordinance.

    returning tonight. Nos. 1. 2. 3 guns badly

    damaged. Especially No 2, which was turned

    completely on its back. On taking

    measurement of shell holes caused through

    shell fire. Found several 12 ft deep. 21 ft across

    Stores from No. 4 gun pit found some 150 yds

    away. unknown soldiers grave, which was

    found in a very critical condition, when we

    first entered this position, was splendidly

    kept by our men. Shell blew it to Hell

    and the water which filled its hole was

    discoloured red.

    Battery cook house blown into fragments

    Belgian farmer from farmhouse at which

    Major lives, was seen to leave at very

    great speed taking in a sand bag the 

    ready cash leaving behind his two


  • February 22, 2017 06:21:15 Maethel Medina

    May 1st. Tuesday.


    Had aeroplane shoot to start 6am. Action

    given and men making their way down on

    the guns. German shell came over minus

    battery, another plus, and the 3rd in row

    shell recess. Slowing 130 ready fused shells

    30 yds away in all directions. Some exploded

    although one was cut in two. Obtained driving

    band of same row gun being at ordinance.

    returning tonight. Nos. 1. 2. 3 guns badly

    damaged. Especially no 2, which was turned

    completely on its back. on firing

    measurement of shell holes caused through

    shell fire. Found several 12 ft deck. 21 ft across

    stores from no. 4 gun pit found some 150 yds

    away. unknown soldiers grave, which was

    found in a very critical condition, when we

    first entered this position, was splendidly

    kept by out men. Shell blew it to Hell

    and the water which filled its hole was

    discoloured red.

    Battery cook house blown into fragments

    Belgian farmer from farmhouse at which

    Major lives, was seen to leave at very

    great speed taking in a sand bag the 

    ready cash leaving behind his two


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