Bert Henson Diary - 6

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The War Diaries of Bert Henson

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1918 Jan/Feb

20-22                  

Grand Crist to Outerdom (Scottish Lines). Continue training chaps in signalling. Plenty of aircraft overhead. The Scotts provide great music. Spring is coming.

1918 Feb

13                        

2/NZ Field Hospital (near Abeele). Woke Sunday 3rd with a temperature of 102.6. Was hustled off to Hospital with suspected trench fever. Well looked after by orderlies, making slow recovery.

1918 Feb/Mar 

Scottish Lines (near Ouderdom).

17-7                 

On my way back here called in and saw my Belgian friends. The Hun are dropping newspaper (printed in French) from the air. Jack McKain is now Sergant-Major. Have restarted at the training school. Money cabled from home. Cooking school set up nearby-getting great food.

1918 Feb         

Halifax Camp

8-9

Busy testing the signallers this week. Considerable artillery activity, raids by both sides. 

1918 Mar        

Halifax to near Staples

10-23                           

By train and foot. We signallers are billeted in a loft at a farm. Have been running new phone lines, repairing others and have installed a phone exchange. March 15 I am 23 today! Our bombing planes busy. General Russell has inspected us. Have had “baksheesh” (free) parcels from NZ.

1918 Mar        

Staples to Courcelles

24-27             

Very brief notes about this move. A gap in entries.

1918 April

5-8                 

Very heavy shelling—Hun have gained ground.

Courcelles to Colincamps

9-10              

We relieved the Dinks as Battalion in support. Wet and muddy. Mail from home.

A gap in entries. 

Bertrancourt, Bus-les-Artois and lines near Hebuterne

22-29          

These 7 days are fast moving. Hun artillery busy. We are in a dugout 30ft undergground. Linemen busy. The Dutch Navy has blocked the entrance to the ports of Zeebrugge and Ostend. Weather damp and overcast. Mail from NZ - none for me.

 

Bert Henson Diary - 6


Year:1916
Sources:Transcribed by Dion G. Minhinnick