Item 04: John Duncan McRae diary, 6 May-18 September 1917 - Page 111
Mon 17. stand by all day & go into reserves in evening. past guns etc. hell-fire corner gas-alarm (false), bags of tucker.
Reserve trench very rough. plenty of shelling all the time, day & night. very little sleep.
Tues. 18 Artillery
bombardment duel for about 1 ½ hours continuous. shells everywhere, planes directly fire men very cool, walk about in open. member of one party reading paper on the way up, dirt & water flying three three of our boys buried in dirt.