Diary of Edgar Clarence Worsfold, item 61

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German line then he looked down in the trench

and said come on boys there is nothing to

fear here and they all jumped up as one man

and got themselves placed in little group

what they called artillery formation and when

they marched off towards the German line

and gradually opened out as if they

were on a barrack square instead of going

going over the top you could see one fall

here and one there either killed or wounded

with the shrapnel and bullets but on they went

and took no notice of them falling until

they got in the German line it was the

finest sight I had ever seen it was

a magnificent Piece of work whether 

it was done like that for a swank in front

of us or not it was a splendid bit of

swank I always admired the guards after

that we followed them over shortly afterwards adn

the guards went out and left us here to bear

the counter attack but they did not attack

with troops only with shells but they laid

a lot of our chaps out before we finally got

relieved and went back to Ashan Woods

about 10 mile from the line after being in

the trenches for a week during the Battle

and from here for another fortnight we

had to go up the line on working party

all night work digging trenches and filling

sandbags and burying dead from the

battle a very hard fortnight's work 10 mile

march before we start work and dodging 

shells and snipers bullets and digging

and working hard all night and half the

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German line then he looked down in the trench

and said come on boys there is nothing to

fear here and they all jumped up as one man

and got themselves placed in little group

what they called artillery formation and when

they marched off towards the German line

and gradually opened out as if they

were on a barrack square instead of going

going over the top you could see one fall

here and one there either killed or wounded

with the shrapnel and bullets but on they went

and took no notice of them falling until

they got in the German line it was the

finest sight I had ever seen it was

a magnificent Piece of work whether 

it was done like that for a swank in front

of us or not it was a splendid bit of

swank I always admired the guards after

that we followed them over shortly afterwards adn

the guards went out and left us here to bear

the counter attack but they did not attack

with troops only with shells but they laid

a lot of our chaps out before we finally got

relieved and went back to Ashan Woods

about 10 mile from the line after being in

the trenches for a week during the Battle

and from here for another fortnight we

had to go up the line on working party

all night work digging trenches and filling

sandbags and burying dead from the

battle a very hard fortnight's work 10 mile

march before we start work and dodging 

shells and snipers bullets and digging

and working hard all night and half the


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  • February 7, 2018 02:40:58 Thomas A. Lingner

    German line then he looked down in the trench

    and said come on boys there is nothing to

    fear here and they all jumped up as one man

    and got themselves placed in little group

    what they called artillery formation and when

    they marched off towards the German line

    and gradually opened out as if they

    were on a barrack square instead of going

    going over the top you could see one fall

    here and one there either killed or wounded

    with the shrapnel and bullets but on they went

    and took no notice of them falling until

    they got in the German line it was the

    finest sight I had ever seen it was

    a magnificent Piece of work whether 

    it was done like that for a swank in front

    of us or not it was a splendid bit of

    swank I always admired the guards after

    that we followed them over shortly afterwards adn

    the guards went out and left us here to bear

    the counter attack but they did not attack

    with troops only with shells but they laid

    a lot of our chaps out before we finally got

    relieved and went back to Ashan Woods

    about 10 mile from the line after being in

    the trenches for a week during the Battle

    and from here for another fortnight we

    had to go up the line on working party

    all night work digging trenches and filling

    sandbags and burying dead from the

    battle a very hard fortnight's work 10 mile

    march before we start work and dodging 

    shells and snipers bullets and digging

    and working hard all night and half the


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    Mons, Belgium

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  • Story location Mons, Belgium


ID
5061 / 63597
Source
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Contributor
Peter John Kitteringham
License
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  • English

  • Western Front




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