Bert Henson Diary - 4

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The War Diaries of Bert Henson

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Summary of Diary 4

1916 Nov

13-15             

Trenches(GR 15) to Lock House(C133). Relieved by Otago. Fine warm billet by Lys River. Huns raided T’s 87,88 and 89.

1916 Nov

16-18              

Lock House to Subsidiary(GR13). Last night's raid saw about 30 casualties. We have relieved Ruahine. Bivvy very small; have a bad cold.

1916 Nov

19-24              

Subsidiary GR13 to Trenches  86-86 frontline. Relieved Otago. Weather cold and miserable. Most days quiet.

1916 Nov

25-27 

Trenches to DRB Barburre. Good beds ,had hot bath. Weather wet and cold.

1916 Nov/Dec

28-22               

DRH Arementieres to Sailly. 11km tramp. Decent billet. Playing 7-a-side rugby. Plenty of buzz practice. Ground very slushy. Tues 12th snowing. Thurs 14 mail from home. Have sent Xmas cable home.

1916 Dec

23-31              

Sailly to Trenches. Tramped to trenches, wet and windy. Bivvy very small. Artillery busy. Xmas Eve our planes busy. Xmas Day; our artillery active, dinner, plum pudding and tinned fruit. Fixed troublesome commutator. Raining. New Years Eve; on duty 11pm, old year out and new  welcomed in trenches. Heard music around midnight.

Bert Henson Diary - 4


Year:1916
Sources:Transcribed by Dion G. Minhinnick