Item 02: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 21 March-3 September 1915 - Page 119

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Friday 18th. While we were having breakfast this morning shrapnel began to fall too handy to be comfortable, two of our men & several Queenslanders being hit. At 8 oclock I had to take a sapping party to the Supply Depot, we were working till 10 o'clock & then a Jack Johnson fell within a yard of a heap of boxes packed 10 ft. high. It made a very large hole & a few of the boxes fell off the top & cheeses were rolling in all directions, we were covered in dirt from it, but no one hurt. A few minutes later another fell a few yards further away from us & the Engineering Officer told us to get away till the shelling ceased, we got away alright & did not go near them again so we got off with only two hours work to-day. No jam again to-day we have only had one tin of jam between the 3 of us during the last 5 days. Warships busy at times to-day.

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