Item 05: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 123

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& Caix to a place just outside the last named village. We arrived after dark and occupied an old German trench for the night. Notwithstanding shelling & bombing & a pretty cold night I slept fairly well after the march of about 16 kilometres. On the way up we passed through numerous old enemy positions, past old trenches, dumps of ammunition, & material, railways, notice boards in German etc.
We stayed about all day with one of the battalions of our Brigade going into the line and at 5 p.m. went 4 kiloms. further forward to Pozieres where our Ambulance is establishing an A.D.S. in a brick factory still in fairly good condition. We are fairly close to the line & Fritz is occupying the next village, Chaubrers, [?] an important railway centre. The place is under shellfire and some very heavy stuff has been coming over during the evening. Prisoners taken during the advance now total 28000 & guns 500.

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