Bert Henson Diary - 6

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The War Diaries of Bert Henson

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1918 Jan/Feb


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


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).


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


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

1918 Mar        

Halifax to near Staples


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


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

1918 April


Very heavy shelling—Hun have gained ground.

Courcelles to Colincamps


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


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

Sources:Transcribed by Dion G. Minhinnick