John Breed, Diary and Training diary, item 45

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June 8/9  A-B

840-640


Finished 4 pm firing. Left section pulled

out in heavy dunder storm. Motor

lorries to take guns across field. Made

very little progress, guns in ditches &

motors  alec . Guns left on field and

waited till 5 am for caterpillars.

Reached new position, old 3rd line trench

6 am. 9th inst Working right through 

on bringing stores from position 

Bed: 3 pm till 5 pm. Fired 2 rounds

Had look at captured ground, and

Brickstacks, which only turned out as

it appeared from Kemmel C.P. No

signs of German trenches, ground one

mass of shell holes. Mine crater 80

feet deep, Ghastly sights, dead German

parts here and there, bodies black and

twisted all shapes, hundreds must

have been burned alive. "Colour rotten

Dug-out electric lights and Dynamo

Secured. Tin Hat and Field Glasses

also rifle. Mess in support trenches

slept in small dug-out. Coulman

Elman and I Biscuits for the

first time. 

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June 8/9  A-B

840-640


Finished 4 pm firing. Left section pulled

out in heavy dunder storm. Motor

lorries to take guns across field. Made

very little progress, guns in ditches &

motors  alec . Guns left on field and

waited till 5 am for caterpillars.

Reached new position, old 3rd line trench

6 am. 9th inst Working right through 

on bringing stores from position 

Bed: 3 pm till 5 pm. Fired 2 rounds

Had look at captured ground, and

Brickstacks, which only turned out as

it appeared from Kemmel C.P. No

signs of German trenches, ground one

mass of shell holes. Mine crater 80

feet deep, Ghastly sights, dead German

parts here and there, bodies black and

twisted all shapes, hundreds must

have been burned alive. "Colour rotten

Dug-out electric lights and Dynamo

Secured. Tin Hat and Field Glasses

also rifle. Mess in support trenches

slept in small dug-out. Coulman

Elman and I Biscuits for the

first time. 


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  • March 26, 2017 16:14:22 Cheryl Ellsworth

    June 8/9  A-B

    840-640


    Finished 4 pm firing. Left section pulled

    out in heavy dunder storm. Motor

    lorries to take guns across field. Made

    very little progress, guns in ditches &

    motors  alec . Guns left on field and

    waited till 5 am for caterpillars.

    Reached new position, old 3rd line trench

    6 am. 9th inst Working right through 

    on bringing stores from position 

    Bed: 3 pm till 5 pm. Fired 2 rounds

    Had look at captured ground, and

    Brickstacks, which only turned out as

    it appeared from Kemmel C.P. No

    signs of German trenches, ground one

    mass of shell holes. Mine crater 80

    feet deep, Ghastly sights, dead German

    parts here and there, bodies black and

    twisted all shapes, hundreds must

    have been burned alive. "Colour rotten

    Dug-out electric lights and Dynamo

    Secured. Tin Hat and Field Glasses

    also rifle. Mess in support trenches

    slept in small dug-out. Coulman

    Elman and I Biscuits for the

    first time. 

  • February 24, 2017 04:19:24 Erin Selvey

    June 8/9  A-B

                 840-640


    Finished 4 pm firing. Left section pulled

    out in Leary.  Thunder storm Major

    lorries to take guns across field. Made

    very little progress. Guns in ditches

    motors oiled. Guns left on field and

    waited till 6 am for caterpillars.

    Reacted new position, old 3rd line trench

    6 am. 9 inst Working right through 

    on bringing stores from position 

    Bed: 3 pm till 5 pm. fired 2 rounds

    Had look at captured ground, and

    Brickstacks, which only turned out as it

    appeared from Kemmel C.P no

    signs of German trenches. ground on

    mass of shell holes. Mine crater 80

    feet deep, Ghastly sights, dead German

    parts here and there, bodies black and

    twisted all shapes, hundreds must

    have been burned alive. Colour rotten

    Dug-out electric lights and Dynamo

    secured. Tin Hat and Field Glasses

    also rifle. Mess in support trenches

    slept in small dug-out. Coulman

    Elman and I Biscuits for the

    first time. 


  • February 23, 2017 22:16:55 Rachel Davis

    June 8/9 

    A-B

    840-640


    Finished 4 pm firing. Left section pulled out in Leary.  Thunder storm ... lorries to take guns across field. ... very little progress. Guns in ditches and ... . Guns left on field and waited till 6 am for caterpillars. Reacted new position, old 3rd line   6 am. 9 inst ... right through on bringing stores from position 

    Bed: 3 pm till 5 pm. fired 2 rounds , had look at captured ground, and Brickstacks, which only turned out as it appeared from ... C.D. no signs of German trenches. ground on mass of shell holes. ... crater 80 feet deep, Ghastly sights, dead German parts here and there, bodies black and twisted all shapes, hundreds must have been burned alive. Colour rotten, Dug-out electric lights and Dynamo secured ... .... and Field Glasses also rifle. ... in support trenches slept in small dug-out. Coulman Elman and I Biscuits for the first time. 


  • February 23, 2017 22:03:46 Erin Gordon

    June 8/9 A-B

    840-640

    Finished 4pm firing. Left section pulled

    out in heavy thunder storm. ...

    lorries to take guns. across field. Made

    very little progress. guns in ditches

    motors alcc.Guns left in field and

    waited till 5am for catterpillars.

    reached new position, old 3rd line trench

    6am q'inst Working right through

    on bringing stones for postion

    Bed. 3pm till 5pm. Fired 2 rounds

    Had look at captured ground and

    Brickstacks, which only turned out as

    it appeared from Memmel C. P. No.

    signs of German trenches, ground one

    mass of shell holes. Mene craters 80 

    feet deep. Ghastly sights, dead German

    parts here and there. bodies black and

    twisted all shapes. hundreds must

    have been buried alive Odour rotten

    dug-out electric lights and Dynamo

    Secured. Tin Hat and Field Glasses

    also rifle. Mess in support trenches

    slept in small dug-out. Mculman

    Elman and G. Biscuits for the 

    first time


  • February 23, 2017 21:58:14 Rachel Davis

    June 8/9 

    A-B

    840-640


    Finished 4 pm firing. Left section pulled out in 


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