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September 1917
24th Returned back to the Lake at 4 A.M. & slept until dinner-time. At 7 P.M. with two sappers I went down to Hooge to inspect & repair General ("Pompie") Elliott's dugout. Deep dugouts are very few on this front & are almost a failure on account of the wet ground & pumps have to be continually used to keep the water out.
25th We returned "home" at 3 A.M. after encountering a barrage from Fritz on the way. Fritz has been shelling fairly heavily all day & especially around the lake. At 4 P.M. we were warned to "stand by in Battle-order" ready to move at 5 minutes notice.
26th Nos 1, 2, & 3 sections left at midnight for the front line & No 4 are awaiting orders to follow if necessary. A tremendous "drum-fire" barrage began at daybreak & continued

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