John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 76

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23rd.      All quiet last night excepting a few Trench Mortar Shells on A. Company. Lieut R.D. Drynam slightly

               wounded in the left elbow. The u/m Sergts. joined from the 3rd Battalion on the 22nd inst No 8782 Sgt.

               Chapman G. 4778 Sgt Finch. 11528 Wilcox S. Sergts Wilkins, Laws and Johnson were sent off to England

               in place of the Sergts. who joined. One unlucky shell today fell among the pioneers 3 killed and 2 wounded.

               No 11576 Sergt W. Weston recommended for immediate reward:- On night of 21st August 1916 when the

               entrance to a mine near MARY REDAN was blown in, burying several men, Sergt Weston showed

              conspicuous gallentry and initiative in digging the men out under fire. By his own efforts and fine example

              encouraging others to work, two of the five men who had been buried were recovered alive.


24th.    The usual "MINNIE" Strafe last night otherwise fairly quiet. A quiet day on our front, but a very heavy

              bombardment on our right, about THIEPVAL from 4 to 6.30 p.m.

25th.     Nothing unusual.


26th.     A quiet night rather wet. One unlucky shell dropped in the Head Quarters Kitchen this morning and killed the Colonels 2nd i/c and Adjutants Servants. Lt Wilson to hospital sick.


27th.     Again all fairly quiet last night, trenches very slippery owing to rain. 4th Bn Gloucestershire Regt.

              commenced taking over from us at 9 am. relief complete at 12.10 p.m. The Battn. assembled and had dinners

              at Ρ.17Λ. (Sheet 57D) afterwards marching independently to Camp at Ρ.2Λ. Rather cramped for room

             average 15 men in a tent. Still very wet.


CAMP. P.2.A.28.

28th.     Breakfasts at 6 am. Battn. paraded at 7 am. and marched with the Brigade to BEAUVAL arriving about

               11.30 am. All fairly comfortable in billets in the Village.


BEAUVAL.

29th.      Battn. paraded at 7.45 am. and joined the Brigade at the Starting point at 8 a.m. Raining hard. Brigade

                marched to FLESSELLES via LA VICOGNE and TALMAS. Arrived about 11.30 am. Weather cleared up a

                little while on the march. Battn took over billets on the Southern side of the town. All billets very crowded.

FLESSELLES.

30th.      Companies parade 9-12 and 2.30-3.30 for Platoon and Coy Drill Bayonet fighting Bombing Instruction etc.

                Weather still unsettled.


31st.      Companies do a drill attack on trenches, judging distance etc. Weather seems to have cleared up, fairly warm

               this afternoon.


SEPTEMBER. 1916

FLESSELLES.

1st.        Companies at usual training. Weather showery.


2nd.        do.                    do.

3rd.      Battn attend Church parade in the morning and Route March in the afternoon.


4th        Commanding Officer inspected all Companies in MARCHING ORDER. Sergt Weston awarded

              Distinguished Conduct Medal for Gallentry on the 21 st Aug. 1916. Capt Munro-Faurc to Hospital sick.


5th.      The Battn left here at 7.30 a.m. and marched to ALLONVILLE arriving about II a.m. Billets fairly

              comfortable.

ALLONVILLE.

6th.      6.30 am. Battn left here and marched to MERJCOURT L' ABBEE. Three Companies and Head Quarters

             billetted in the Village one Coy bivouacked in a field North of the Village. 2/Lt. Walker to Hospital sick.

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23rd.      All quiet last night excepting a few Trench Mortar Shells on A. Company. Lieut R.D. Drynam slightly

               wounded in the left elbow. The u/m Sergts. joined from the 3rd Battalion on the 22nd inst No 8782 Sgt.

               Chapman G. 4778 Sgt Finch. 11528 Wilcox S. Sergts Wilkins, Laws and Johnson were sent off to England

               in place of the Sergts. who joined. One unlucky shell today fell among the pioneers 3 killed and 2 wounded.

               No 11576 Sergt W. Weston recommended for immediate reward:- On night of 21st August 1916 when the

               entrance to a mine near MARY REDAN was blown in, burying several men, Sergt Weston showed

              conspicuous gallentry and initiative in digging the men out under fire. By his own efforts and fine example

              encouraging others to work, two of the five men who had been buried were recovered alive.


24th.    The usual "MINNIE" Strafe last night otherwise fairly quiet. A quiet day on our front, but a very heavy

              bombardment on our right, about THIEPVAL from 4 to 6.30 p.m.

25th.     Nothing unusual.


26th.     A quiet night rather wet. One unlucky shell dropped in the Head Quarters Kitchen this morning and killed the Colonels 2nd i/c and Adjutants Servants. Lt Wilson to hospital sick.


27th.     Again all fairly quiet last night, trenches very slippery owing to rain. 4th Bn Gloucestershire Regt.

              commenced taking over from us at 9 am. relief complete at 12.10 p.m. The Battn. assembled and had dinners

              at Ρ.17Λ. (Sheet 57D) afterwards marching independently to Camp at Ρ.2Λ. Rather cramped for room

             average 15 men in a tent. Still very wet.


CAMP. P.2.A.28.

28th.     Breakfasts at 6 am. Battn. paraded at 7 am. and marched with the Brigade to BEAUVAL arriving about

               11.30 am. All fairly comfortable in billets in the Village.


BEAUVAL.

29th.      Battn. paraded at 7.45 am. and joined the Brigade at the Starting point at 8 a.m. Raining hard. Brigade

                marched to FLESSELLES via LA VICOGNE and TALMAS. Arrived about 11.30 am. Weather cleared up a

                little while on the march. Battn took over billets on the Southern side of the town. All billets very crowded.

FLESSELLES.

30th.      Companies parade 9-12 and 2.30-3.30 for Platoon and Coy Drill Bayonet fighting Bombing Instruction etc.

                Weather still unsettled.


31st.      Companies do a drill attack on trenches, judging distance etc. Weather seems to have cleared up, fairly warm

               this afternoon.


SEPTEMBER. 1916

FLESSELLES.

1st.        Companies at usual training. Weather showery.


2nd.        do.                    do.

3rd.      Battn attend Church parade in the morning and Route March in the afternoon.


4th        Commanding Officer inspected all Companies in MARCHING ORDER. Sergt Weston awarded

              Distinguished Conduct Medal for Gallentry on the 21 st Aug. 1916. Capt Munro-Faurc to Hospital sick.


5th.      The Battn left here at 7.30 a.m. and marched to ALLONVILLE arriving about II a.m. Billets fairly

              comfortable.

ALLONVILLE.

6th.      6.30 am. Battn left here and marched to MERJCOURT L' ABBEE. Three Companies and Head Quarters

             billetted in the Village one Coy bivouacked in a field North of the Village. 2/Lt. Walker to Hospital sick.


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  • September 2, 2019 17:13:12 Julia Bourbois

    23rd.      All quiet last night excepting a few Trench Mortar Shells on A. Company. Lieut R.D. Drynam slightly

                   wounded in the left elbow. The u/m Sergts. joined from the 3rd Battalion on the 22nd inst No 8782 Sgt.

                   Chapman G. 4778 Sgt Finch. 11528 Wilcox S. Sergts Wilkins, Laws and Johnson were sent off to England

                   in place of the Sergts. who joined. One unlucky shell today fell among the pioneers 3 killed and 2 wounded.

                   No 11576 Sergt W. Weston recommended for immediate reward:- On night of 21st August 1916 when the

                   entrance to a mine near MARY REDAN was blown in, burying several men, Sergt Weston showed

                  conspicuous gallentry and initiative in digging the men out under fire. By his own efforts and fine example

                  encouraging others to work, two of the five men who had been buried were recovered alive.


    24th.    The usual "MINNIE" Strafe last night otherwise fairly quiet. A quiet day on our front, but a very heavy

                  bombardment on our right, about THIEPVAL from 4 to 6.30 p.m.

    25th.     Nothing unusual.


    26th.     A quiet night rather wet. One unlucky shell dropped in the Head Quarters Kitchen this morning and killed the Colonels 2nd i/c and Adjutants Servants. Lt Wilson to hospital sick.


    27th.     Again all fairly quiet last night, trenches very slippery owing to rain. 4th Bn Gloucestershire Regt.

                  commenced taking over from us at 9 am. relief complete at 12.10 p.m. The Battn. assembled and had dinners

                  at Ρ.17Λ. (Sheet 57D) afterwards marching independently to Camp at Ρ.2Λ. Rather cramped for room

                 average 15 men in a tent. Still very wet.


    CAMP. P.2.A.28.

    28th.     Breakfasts at 6 am. Battn. paraded at 7 am. and marched with the Brigade to BEAUVAL arriving about

                   11.30 am. All fairly comfortable in billets in the Village.


    BEAUVAL.

    29th.      Battn. paraded at 7.45 am. and joined the Brigade at the Starting point at 8 a.m. Raining hard. Brigade

                    marched to FLESSELLES via LA VICOGNE and TALMAS. Arrived about 11.30 am. Weather cleared up a

                    little while on the march. Battn took over billets on the Southern side of the town. All billets very crowded.

    FLESSELLES.

    30th.      Companies parade 9-12 and 2.30-3.30 for Platoon and Coy Drill Bayonet fighting Bombing Instruction etc.

                    Weather still unsettled.


    31st.      Companies do a drill attack on trenches, judging distance etc. Weather seems to have cleared up, fairly warm

                   this afternoon.


    SEPTEMBER. 1916

    FLESSELLES.

    1st.        Companies at usual training. Weather showery.


    2nd.        do.                    do.

    3rd.      Battn attend Church parade in the morning and Route March in the afternoon.


    4th        Commanding Officer inspected all Companies in MARCHING ORDER. Sergt Weston awarded

                  Distinguished Conduct Medal for Gallentry on the 21 st Aug. 1916. Capt Munro-Faurc to Hospital sick.


    5th.      The Battn left here at 7.30 a.m. and marched to ALLONVILLE arriving about II a.m. Billets fairly

                  comfortable.

    ALLONVILLE.

    6th.      6.30 am. Battn left here and marched to MERJCOURT L' ABBEE. Three Companies and Head Quarters

                 billetted in the Village one Coy bivouacked in a field North of the Village. 2/Lt. Walker to Hospital sick.

  • November 2, 2018 15:36:57 Sara Fresi

    23rd.      All quiet last night excepting a few Trench Mortar Shells on A. Company. Lieut R.D. Drynam slightly

                   wounded in the left elbow. The u/m Sergts. joined from the 3rd Battalion on the 22nd inst No 8782 Sgt.

                   Chapman G. 4778 Sgt Finch. 11528 Wilcox S. Sergts Wilkin s, Laws and Johnson were sent off to England

                   in place of the Sergts. who joined One unlucky shell today fell among the pioneers 3 killed and 2 wounded

                   No 11576 Sergt W. Weston recommended for immediate reward:- On night of 21st August 1916 when the

                   entrance to a mine near MARY REDAN was blown in, burying several men, Sergt Weston showed

                  conspicuous gallentry and initiative in digging the men out under fire. By his own efforts and fine example

                  encouraging others to work, two of the five men who had been buried were recovered alive.


    24th.    The usual "MINNIE" Strafe last night otherwise fairly quiet A quiet day on our front, but a very heavy

                  bombardment on our right, about THIEPVAL from 4 to 6.30 p.m.

    25th.     Nothing unusual.


    26th.     A quiet night rather wet One unlucky shell dropped in the Head Quarters Kitchen this morning and killed the Colonels 2nd i/c and Adjutants Servants. Lt Wilson to hospital sick.


    27th.     Again all fairly quiet last night, trenches very slippery owing to rain. 4th Bn Gloucestershire Regt

                  commenced taking over from us at 9 am. relief complete at 12.10 p.m. The Battn. assembled and had dinners

                  at Ρ.17Λ. (Sheet 57D) afterwards marching independently to Camp at Ρ.2Λ. Rather cramped for room

                 average 15 men in a tent Still very wet.


    CAMP. P.2.A.28.

    28th.     Breakfasts at 6 am. Battn. paraded at 7 am. and marched with the Brigade to BEAUVAL arriving about

                   11.30 am. All fairly comfortable in billets in the Village.


    BEAUVAL.

    29th.      Battn. paraded at 7.45 am. and joined the Brigade at the Starting point at 8 am. Raining hard Brigade

                    marched to FLESSELLES via LA VICOGNE and TALMAS. Arrived about 1130 am. Weather cleared up a

                    little while on the march. Battn took over billets on the Southern side of the town. All billets very crowded.

    FLESSELLES.

    30th.      Companies parade 9-12 and 2.30-3.30 for Platoon and Coy Drill Bayonet fighting Bombing Instruction etc.

                    Weather still unsettled.


    31st.      Companies do a drill attack on trenches, judging distance etc. Weather seems to have cleared up, fairly warm

                   this afternoon.


    SEPTEMBER. 1916

    FLESSELLES.

    1st.        Companies at usual training. Weather showery.


    2nd.        do.                    do.

    3rd.      Battn attend Church parade in the morning and Route March in the afternoon.


    4th        Commanding Officer inspected all Companies in MARCHING ORDER. Sergt Weston awarded

                  Distinguished Conduct Medal for Gallentry on the 21 st Aug. 1916. Capt Munro-Faurc to Hospital sick.


    5th.      The Battn left here at 7.30 am. and marched to ALLONVILLE arriving about II am. Billets fairly

                  comfortable.

    ALLONVILLE.

    6th.      6.30 am. Battn left here and marched to MERJCOURT L' ABBEE. Three Companies and Head Quarters

                 billetted in the Village one Coy bivouacked in a field North of the Village. 2/Lt. Walker to Hospital sick.


  • November 2, 2018 15:36:50 Sara Fresi
  • November 1, 2018 10:06:32 Gregoria Evripidou

    23rd.      All quiet last night excepting a few Trench Mortar Shells on A. Company. Lieut R.D. Drynam slightly

                   wounded in the left elbow. The u/m Sergts. joined from the 3rd Battalion on the 22nd inst No 8782 Sgt.

                   Chapman G. 4778 Sgt Finch. 11528 Wilcox S. Sergts Wilkin s, Laws and Johnson were sent off to England

                   in place of the Sergts. who joined One unlucky shell today fell among the pioneers 3 killed and 2 wounded

                   No 11576 Sergt W. Weston recommended for immediate reward:- On night of 21st August 1916 when the

                   entrance to a mine near MARY REDAN was blown in, burying several men, Sergt Weston showed

                  conspicuous gallentry and initiative in digging the men out under fire. By his own efforts and fine example

                  encouraging others to work, two of the five men who had been buried were recovered alive.


    24th.    The usual "MINNIE" Strafe last night otherwise fairly quiet A quiet day on our front, but a very heavy

                  bombardment on our right, about THIEPVAL from 4 to 6.30 p.m.

    25th.     Nothing unusual.


    26th.     A quiet night rather wet One unlucky shell dropped in the Head Quarters Kitchen this morning and killed the Colonels 2nd i/c and Adjutants Servants. Lt Wilson to hospital sick.


    27th.     Again all fairly quiet last night, trenches very slippery owing to rain. 4th Bn Gloucestershire Regt

                  commenced taking over from us at 9 am. relief complete at 12.10 p.m. The Battn. assembled and had dinners

                  at Ρ.17Λ. (Sheet 57D) afterwards marching independently to Camp at Ρ.2Λ. Rather cramped for room

                 average 15 men in a tent Still very wet.


    CAMP. P.2.A.28.

    28th.     Breakfasts at 6 am. Battn. paraded at 7 am. and marched with the Brigade to BEAUVAL arriving about

                   11.30 am. All fairly comfortable in billets in the Village.


    BEAUVAL.

    29th.      Battn. paraded at 7.45 am. and joined the Brigade at the Starting point at 8 am. Raining hard Brigade

                    marched to FLESSELLES via LA VICOGNE and TALMAS. Arrived about 1130 am. Weather cleared up a

                    little while on the march. Battn took over billets on the Southern side of the town. All billets very crowded.

    FLESSELLES.

    30th.      Companies parade 9-12 and 2.30-3.30 for Platoon and Coy Drill Bayonet fighting Bombing Instruction etc.

                    Weather still unsettled.


    31st.      Companies do a drill attack on trenches, judging distance etc. Weather seems to have cleared up, fairly warm

                   this afternoon.


    SEPTEMBER. 1916

    FLESSELLES.

    1st.        Companies at usual training. Weather showery.


    2nd.        do.                    do.

    3rd.      Battn attend Church parade in the morning and Route March in the afternoon.


    4th        Commanding Officer inspected all Companies in MARCHING ORDER. Sergt Weston awarded

                  Distinguished Conduct Medal for Gallentry on the 21 st Aug. 1916. Capt Munro-Faurc to Hospital sick.


    5th.      The Battn left here at 7.30 am. and marched to ALLONVILLE arriving about II am. Billets fairly

                  comfortable.

    ALLONVILLE.

    6th.      6.30 am. Battn left here and marched to MERJCOURT L' ABBEE. Three Companies and Head Quarters

                 billetted in the Village one Coy bivouacked in a field North of the Village. 2/Lt. Walker to Hospital sick.


  • November 1, 2018 10:03:14 Anastasia Ioannou

    23rd.               All quiet last night excepting a few Trench Mortar Shells on A. Company. Lieut R.D.                                    Drynam slightly wounded in the left elbow. The u/m Sergts. joined from the 3rdBattalion                          on the 22nd inst No 8782 Sgt. Chapman G. 4778 Sgt. Finch. 11528 Wilcox S. Sergts                                      Wilkins, Laws and Johnson were sent off to England in place of the Sergts who joined.                                One unlucky shell today fell among the pioneers 3 killed and 2 wounded. No 11576 Sergt                          W. Weston recommended for immediate reward:- On night of 21st August 1916 when                              the entrance to a mine near MARY REDAN was blown in, burying several men, Sergt                                  Weston showed conspicuous gallentry and initiative in digging the men out under fire.                              By his own efforts and fine example encouraging others to work, two of the five men                               who had been buried were recovered alive.


    24th.              The usual "MINNIE" Strafe last night otherwise fairly quiet A quiet day on our front but a                            very heavy bombardment on our right, about THIEPVAL from 4 to 6.30 p.m.


    25th.               Nothing unusual.


    26th.               A quiet night rather wel One unlucky shell dropped in the Head Quarters Kitchen this                                morning and killed the Colonels 2nd i/c and Adjutants Servants. Lt Wilson to hospital sick.


    27th.               Again all fairly quiet last night, trenches very slippery owing to rain. 4th Bn                                                   Gloucestershire Regt commenced taking over from us at 9 am. relief complete at 12.10                             p.m. The Battn. assembled and had dinnere at P.17.A. (Sheet 57D) afterwards marching                           independently to Camp at P.2.A. Rather cramped for room average 15 men in a tent Still                           very wet

    CAMP. P.2.A.28.

    28th.              Breakfasts at 6 am. Battn. paraded at 7 am. and marched with the Brigade to BEAUVAL                             arriving about 11.30 am. All fairly comfortable in billets in the Village.

    BEAUVAL

    29th.              Battn. paraded at 7.45 am. and joined the Brigade at the Starting point at 8 am. Raining                            hard Brigade marched to FLESSELLES via LA VICOGNE and TALMAS. Arrived about 11.30                            am. Weather cleared up a little while on the march. Battn took over billets on the                                        Southern side of the town. All billets very crowded.

    FLESSELLES.

    30th.               Companies parade 9-12 and 2.30-3.30 for Platoon and Coy Drill Bayonet fighting                                        Bombing Instruction etc. Weather still unsettled.

    31 st.              Companies do a drill attack on trenches, judging distance etc. Weather seems to have                                cleared up, fairly warm this afternoon.

                                                                           

                                                                                SEPTEMBER. 1916


    FLESSELLES

    1 st.                        Companies at usual training. Weather showery.


    2nd                         do.                        do.


    3rd.                        Battn attend Church parade in the morning and Route March in the afternoon.


    4th                         Commanding Officer inspected all Companies in MARCHING ORDER. Sergt. Weston                                   awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal for Gallentry on the 21 st Aug 1916. Capt                                         Munro-Faure to Hospital sick.


    5th.                       The Battn left here at 7.30 am. and marched to ALLONVILLE arriving about II am.                                        Billets fairly  comfortable.

    ALLONVILLE.

    6th.                      6.30 am. Battn left here and marched to MERICOURT L’ ABBEE. Three Companies and                               Head Quarters bOletted in the Village one Coy bivouacked in a field North of the                                         Village. 2/Ll Walker to Hospital sick.


  • November 1, 2018 09:57:32 Gregoria Evripidou

    23rd.   All quiet last night excepting a few Trench Mortar Shells on A. Company. Lieut R.D. Drynam slightly

                wounded in the left elbow. The u/m Sergts. joined from the 3rd Battalion on the 22nd inst No 8782 Sgt.

                Chapman G. 4778 Sgt Finch. 11528 Wilcox S. Sergts Wilkin s, Laws and Johnson were sent off to England

                in place of the Sergts. who joined One unlucky shell today fell among the pioneers 3 killed and 2 wounded

               No 11576 Sergt W. Weston recommended for immediate reward:- On night of 21st August 1916 when the

              entrance to a mine near MARY REDAN was blown in, burying several men, Sergt Weston showed

             conspicuous gallentry and initiative in digging the men out under fire. By his own efforts and fine example

             encouraging others to work, two of the five men who had been buried were recovered alive.

    24th. The usual "MINNIE" Strafe last night otherwise fairly quiet A quiet day on our front, but a very heavy bombardment on our right, about THIEPVAL from 4 to 6.30 p.m.

    25th. Nothing unusual.

    26th. A quiet night rather wet One unlucky shell dropped in the Head Quarters Kitchen this morning and killed the Colonels 2nd i/c and Adjutants Servants. Lt Wilson to hospital sick.

    27th. Again all fairly quiet last night, trenches very slippery owing to rain. 4th Bn Gloucestershire Regt commenced taking over from us at 9 am. relief complete at 12.10 p.m. The Battn. assembled and had dinners at Ρ.17Λ. (Sheet 57D) afterwards marching independently to Camp at Ρ.2Λ. Rather cramped for room average 15 men in a tent Still very wet

    CAMP. P.2.A.28.

    28th. Breakfasts at 6 am. Battn. paraded at 7 am. and marched with the Brigade to BEAUVAL arriving about 11.30 am. All fairly comfortable in billets in the Village.

    BEAUVAL.

    29tb. Battn. paraded at 7.45 am. and joined the Brigade at the Starting point at 8 am. Raining hard Brigade marched to FLESSELLES via LA VICOGNE and TALMAS. Arrived about 1130 am. Weather cleared up a little while on the march. Battn took over billets on the Southern side of the town. All billets very crowded

    FLESSELLES.

    30th. Companies parade 9-12 and 2.30-3.30 for Platoon and Coy Drill Bayonet fighting Bombing Instruction etc. Weather still unsettled

    31 st Companies do a drill attack on trenches, judging distance etc. Weather seems to have cleared up, fairly warm this afternoon.

    SEPTEMBER. 1916

    FLESSELLES.

    1 st Companies at usual training. Weather showery.

    2nd         do. do.

    3rd Battn attend Church parade in the morning and Route March in the afternoon.

    4th Commanding Officer inspected all Companies in MARCHING ORDER. Sergt Weston awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal for Gallentry on the 21 st Aug. 1916. Capt Munro-Faurc to Hospital sick.

    5th. The Battn left here at 7.30 am. and marched to ALLONVILLE arriving about II am. Billets fairly comfortable.

    ALLONVILLE.

    6th. 6.30 am. Battn left here and marched to MERJCOURT L' ABBEE. Three Companies and Head Quarters billetted in the Village one Coy bivouacked in a field North of the Village. 2/Lt Walker to Hospital sick.


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  • 50.106062||2.329942||

    Beaval, France

  • 50.00312||2.260022||

    Flesselles, France

  • 49.940928||2.362462||

    Allonville, France

Location(s)
  • Document location Beaval, France
  • Additional document location Flesselles, France
  • Additional document location Allonville, France


ID
17050 / 201648
Source
http://europeana1914-1918.eu/...
Contributor
Kenneth Duesbery, great nephew of John
License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/


August 23, 1916 – September 6, 1916
  • English

  • Western Front

  • Artillery
  • Home Front
  • Remembrance
  • Trench Life



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