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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Diary Entry - 4th September, 1917

The seventh Battalion Sherwood Foresters were in the line and had a most objectionable and incompetent C O and HQ staff. They called themselves the fighting seventh the first night they were in but after the Hun raid on the first night they have been terribly windy. It was a quiet night but I was awakened by the Colonel at one a.m. He said in a frightened voice get up you are wanted on the telephone so I rushed along and was rather astonished to hear our guns were firing for S OS when not a sound could be heard from the Huns. The infantry said one of their sentries thought he saw the Huns forming up for another raid so he sent up the SOS. I remained at the guns all day - much air activity and three Huns were brought down in pieces towards the Bassée direction. Monty, the major's little petit chien, rather amused me before dinner. He had dug up a bumble bees' nest and was amusing himself by playing with them as they flew around his head, just like a cat toying with a mouse.

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