Item 05: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 121
we passed numerous Australian lorries taking back numbers of captured field guns & quantities of material that has fallen into our hands. New railways are being built, signal wires put up & roads mended. We marched into Villers Bretonneux which has of course suffered pretty badly and turned off to our camp site in an old shell-hole besprinkled apple orchard on the road to Corbie. Here we ran up several tents and dug out some shelters to sleep in. About 9 p.m. some taubes came over dropping bombs round about but none close to us.
We are continuing our push along the line. The prisoners taken now number 24000 & the French have taken Montdidier.
Wed. 14th Aug.
We stayed two days in the old apple orchard at Villers-Bretonneux awaiting orders. Except for