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Wednesday 14 March 2012

Diary Entry - 13th March, 1917

Walford: In the morning, the infantry reported that Bosch had left Loupart trench, probably on account of the bombardment the heavies had given it the night before. The infantry were also reported to have gone over the ridge in pursuit. The next thing to be done was to reconnoitre forward positions below the Loupart Wood and in the evening I took up 15 pack horses with ammunition, dumping it in an old dugout on the road that runs across the river from Pys toward Loupart. It was rather funny walking across from Battalion HQ through old wire and trenches, which to date had been our support line. Hoyland went to the wagon lines in the morning, Cruickshanks and Siggers coming up to the guns. The latter had gone down the day I joined from 15th to get a bath and bitter end in Albert.

Bee: Got up this morning but still have an awful sore throat and feel anyhow. It is a godsend I am down here really. I heard at lunchtime today that the Hun is supposed to have retired behind Loupart and evacuated Bapaume. The major sent down for two 10-horse teams to shift two guns to our new position, 3,000 yards further on. I don't know how they will do it as the ground about there is fairly riddled with shell holes. It is nice to think that you can walk about anywhere without being seen. At Loupart they could see all the ground right back into Pozière.

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