Item 05: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 75
Friday 17th May 1918
To-day has been the hottest we have yet had this spring. Everyone is shedding as many clothes as possible. We evacuate a number of Trench fever, P.U.O. & influenza cases daily – these sicknesses are probably caused by the change in the weather.
We have seen a large amount of aerial activity the last few days with several "scraps" in the air. Fritz did a lot of shelling close to the village this morning, evidently searching for the big gun batteries, both French & English, which are in the near vicinity.
Sund. 19th May
Our village was bombarded last night and early this morning. A big shell burst not far from the