Brigadier General CHT Lucas was CO of the 87th Brigade on the Somme. An Old Contemptible and Captain in the BEF, he had spent 1915 in the Dardanelles. This blog is made up of his Diary entries and letters written in the Summer of 1916. These are his words, published on the corresponding day as when they were written in 1916. In August 1916 his brigade was withdrawn from the Somme and deployed to the Ypres salient.
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Letter to Mother 3rd April 1916
My dear mother,
We got across all right without any trouble on the night of the 29th. On arrival (about 10pm) we found a car waiting for us, so we started off at once. I got to my billets at 1.30am to find the brigade was marching at 7.30am so I didn’t get much sleep. We marched about nineteen miles that day, and got into some very uncomfortable billets where we stayed until yesterday, all the men were in canvas huts, we got a fairly good farm to live in. Yesterday we did another longish march and are going into the trenches. Our head quarters are in quite a good house. There appears to be a good arrangement here, we don’t shell their village as long as they don’t shell ours.
The line is very quiet except for one small bit of ours that they object to. We shall not be in for very long, and then out again for a rest.
The weather at present is perfect, warm sunny days.