Bert Henson Diary - 3

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The War Diaries of Bert Henson

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1916 Jul/Aug

29—7                

Headquarters to Trenches C129. Warm weather. Romania joined Allies. Aircraft overhead and artillery fire.

1916 Aug

8---15                

To Tissage. A lot of practice. German machine gun captured—Spandu. Cap. Scott is now Major.

17                       

Tissage to Armentieres.

18---20               

Armentieres to Blaringhem via Steenwerck.  By train and foot, Blaringhem very rural.

21---22             

By train to Pont Remy then 8 mile march to Airaines.

1916 Aug/Sept

23---1                

Airaines. Today 23 , 12 months ago was in camp at Trentham (NZ). Parades, Flag drills and signal practice also Major Campbell gave bayonet instruction.

1916 Sept

2                        

Airaines to Cavillon. Three and half hour march. Billeted in old shed.

3---6                  

Reached Breilly after 2 hour tramp. Billet a shed with plenty of hay. Near Somme River.

7---9                   

By foot to Rainnville. Passed an Aerodrome and saw Hun prisoners working on roads. Rainnville to camp near Albert. Break in Diary entries  except a brief entry Sept 15, “Commenced Somme advance again” and about Sept 16 another entry describing fierce fighting.

Diary recommences Thursday 5 Oct.

1916 Oct

5---10               

Redoubt to Pont Remy. By train and foot. First billet rough, found another, clean hay and good food.

11---13            

Pont Remy to Armentieres. By train to Strazeele and lorrie to Armentieres.

14---19            

Armentieres, trenches C126. Relieved the Australians.Trenches not in good repair and wires need fixing.18th Oct Capt. McKinnon wounded,Capt. Urquhart new O.C.

20---25            

Trenches to SS. Frosts and rain. A little enemy fire.

26---31            

Subsidiary Line to Support (GRQ). New station is good. Parcel from home.

1916 Nov

1---6                 

GRQ to Armentieres. Relieved by Otago Sigs. Working 2hrs on 15hrs off.

7---12               

D R B to Armentieres  trenches GR15. Trench in bad order. In concrete bunker. A bomb landed close and we all got a bit of concussion.   

 

Bert Henson Diary - 3


Year:1916
Sources:Transcribed by Dion G. Minhinnick