Item 01: Dudley V. Walford diary, 23 September 1914 - 13 August 1916 - Page 51
Under Fire &
In preparing for an attack in present day trench warfare in which you are a participant an immediate sentiment of nervousness, anxiety, & excitement overrules one's temperament together with an almost certain feeling of death. This is only natural considering the deadly & murderous weapons utilized now days. The thought of death instinctively elevates ones thoughts nearer than ever before to God & to those who are dear to him. But thought changes with alacrity & the looking optimistically to the future, says it will be the other fellow who will go with me.