Item 02: James William Dains diary, 25 June 1917-2 March 1918 - Page 41
to move tomorrow morning, up into the line.
The Battalion moved up the line this afternoon at 5 oclock I saw them off. I was ordered to remain here, much against my will but the Battalion was going up to open trenches in support. Tomorrow morning at daybreak 17 to 20 Divisions will hop the parapet. The ground to be taken is very important & everything has been thoroughly prepared & the weather keeps fine
I was awake to hear the first shot of the barrage, & at daybreak we attacked on a front of about 8 miles from Langemark to