Diary of Edgar Clarence Worsfold, item 39

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so about 8 o'clock P.M. 2 of our men went

out in front of the Line and cut the Wire

so we knew we were soon going over the top

very shortly but it was Postponed that

night so we had to hold the line all

night and next Day and all the time we

were being Bombarded with Shell and

Bombs and the casualty List was 

growing very rapidly Every minute we

had Stretcher coming by us with killed

and wounded and all you could here was

So.Sos killed an other wounded all

your Different Pals so about 4 Oclock

in the Afternoon we were served out

with 2 Sand bags Each to use when

we got over the top to fill with Dirt

for cover and 2 Bandolier Extra of

amunition and everybody had got the

wind up round you I said to several 

of them who were nervous as it was

the first time we had been called

upon to go over the top and Naturally

it was very Exiting wondering whether

you were going to get a Blighty or a

Blanket as when you were killed you

were wrapped in a Blanket wherever it

was Possible I said to them whats' the

matter I am going to treat it as I would 

a gamble 20 to 1 I dont get killed

10 to 1 I get a Blighty which was a

risk worth chancing I confess I was a

bit windy to some as the next but

I did not show it like some of them

did so we had our waterbottles filled


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so about 8 o'clock P.M. 2 of our men went

out in front of the Line and cut the Wire

so we knew we were soon going over the top

very shortly but it was Postponed that

night so we had to hold the line all

night and next Day and all the time we

were being Bombarded with Shell and

Bombs and the casualty List was 

growing very rapidly Every minute we

had Stretcher coming by us with killed

and wounded and all you could here was

So.Sos killed an other wounded all

your Different Pals so about 4 Oclock

in the Afternoon we were served out

with 2 Sand bags Each to use when

we got over the top to fill with Dirt

for cover and 2 Bandolier Extra of

amunition and everybody had got the

wind up round you I said to several 

of them who were nervous as it was

the first time we had been called

upon to go over the top and Naturally

it was very Exiting wondering whether

you were going to get a Blighty or a

Blanket as when you were killed you

were wrapped in a Blanket wherever it

was Possible I said to them whats' the

matter I am going to treat it as I would 

a gamble 20 to 1 I dont get killed

10 to 1 I get a Blighty which was a

risk worth chancing I confess I was a

bit windy to some as the next but

I did not show it like some of them

did so we had our waterbottles filled



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  • February 5, 2018 15:39:10 Annick Rodriguez

    so about 8 o'clock P.M. 2 of our men went

    out in front of the Line and cut the Wire

    so we knew we were soon going over the top

    very shortly but it was Postponed that

    night so we had to hold the line all

    night and next Day and all the time we

    were being Bombarded with Shell and

    Bombs and the casualty List was 

    growing very rapidly Every minute we

    had Stretcher coming by us with killed

    and wounded and all you could here was

    So.Sos killed an other wounded all

    your Different Pals so about 4 Oclock

    in the Afternoon we were served out

    with 2 Sand bags Each to use when

    we got over the top to fill with Dirt

    for cover and 2 Bandolier Extra of

    amunition and everybody had got the

    wind up round you I said to several 

    of them who were nervous as it was

    the first time we had been called

    upon to go over the top and Naturally

    it was very Exiting wondering whether

    you were going to get a Blighty or a

    Blanket as when you were killed you

    were wrapped in a Blanket wherever it

    was Possible I said to them whats' the

    matter I am going to treat it as I would 

    a gamble 20 to 1 I dont get killed

    10 to 1 I get a Blighty which was a

    risk worth chancing I confess I was a

    bit windy to some as the next but

    I did not show it like some of them

    did so we had our waterbottles filled


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    Mons, Belgium

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  • Story location Mons, Belgium


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