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Monday, 30 April 2012

Diary Entry - 30th April, 1917

Walford: Monday, a bright sunny day with quite a lot of power in the sun. Summer must have just woken up to the fact that it is the end of April and we have had no sun. During the morning I did a little observing from the redoubt by the guns, being able to see Oppy wood and the zero house quite easily. Fairly quiet till the evening when Bosch threw over two four twos, several landing in the sunken road near the Mess, which consisted of a sandbag wall some four feet high with a bivouac cover over the top of it. Gunner Bailey, who was drawing water from the well near the railway embankment, got a blightie one in the calf of the leg and went straight to a dressing station nearby. Soon after lunch I took Evans up to the OP and showed him the front, leaving him there until dusk. On the way back to the battery, I picked out a new track for the mules, as the sunken road becomes too warm. Several horses have been killed at the crossroads.

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