Item 05: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 19 March-15 August 1916 - Page 170

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were following us up & we found it a big order as we had to lay him down frequently to spell & it was very heavy in the sand; shrapnel & machine guns were cutting the ground up all about us & I am satisfied I am not going to die from a bullet. We managed to get him back to the ambulance just as it was about to retire also & got him in, I commandeered a riderless horse that was galloping by as I managed to catch him by the bridle & Rich came in with the ambulance waggon I was never more knocked up in my life & was glad when I felt the neddy springing along under me; When I got back where the led horses were under a steep bank I found poor old MacNoon had been hit with shrapnel, (he was one of the best horses I have ever ridden)

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