second in command & adjutant were having dinner in a dug out, and a German shell landed & all of three were killed. Major Grant of 33rd & late of 36th and a brigade major were rushed up to take charge.
This is the most drastic event in the history of the battn. As all three, especially the colonel were loved by the battalion as it is the fortune of few officers to be. For coolness, gallantry ability and consideration the colonel could not be excelled (Known as Billjim) [See poem by S. Young p77/80]