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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Diary Entry - 26th January, 1917

Walford: Scott and I in the morning rode to P dump (RE's) Pozieres, to see about mine casings and material for the guns. We went via Albert, calling in at the canteen, but it was too crowded to be able to get immediate service so left via main Bapaume Road. On the way, we had a look at the large mine crater to the left of the road, which was blown up by us on 1st July and is supposed to be the largest ever exploded. It was some 70 feet deep by 150 feet in diameter. In the afternoon, I walked to Albert to try to get to work with the toothbrush, it being a good sunny day. Coming back, I saw two caterpillars which had come from Trones across country and were hooking onto two nine twos.

Bee: Still hard frost. Went in search of sand bags first thing this morning but had no luck. Spent the rest of the day on the Mess, which is a bigger contract than one would think. Sxity pounder battery has started to prepare a position 100 yards in rear of us, which has caused much heat. 

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