Item 03: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January 1916-31 December 1916 - Page 92
one corner. The upper city is fearfully ancient and surrounded by ramparts & battlements with arched gateways let into the walls in several places. The lower city is more modern and extends down to the waterfront. I was not able to see the Museum & Public Library (Musée et Bibliotheque) as they have been closed
for during the duration of the war.
Tuesday 1st Aug. (130 p.m.)
On Sunday afternoon some firing was heard in the Channel and all of a sudden a mine was exploded and there was a tremendous roar with an accompanying column of smoke & water. I was near Wimereux beach when it went off and you ought to have seen the way the civilians lying & strolling about the sand became galvanized into sudden life. Everything was soon quiet again however.