Saturday, 18 June 2011
My dear Mother
I suppose the Russians will stop soon, they cant go on like this for ever. We are back in the chateau for a bit. A Col Archdale was lunching here a coupe of days ago, he was with john in Bangalore I believe, any how he was with him recently in France, and had a good word to say for him. The weather has at last changed and we have had 3 fine days, though it is still cold. I got another parcel today and a couple of books, they always come regularly now.
With any luck I might get some leave next month for August.
There is as usual no news.
Your loving sonCuthbert
Friday, 17 June 2011
We had orders that we were to go back into the trenches on the 19th as the bombardment would start on the 20th. Battns practicing attack in training area. Borrowed a car from the divn and went in to see Kelly in hospital. Found that he had left for base 2 days ago.
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Going (commanding SWBs) and Hilton (Bd Major KOSBs) arrived from home yesterday. We now aveage about 35 officers per battn. Out all the morning watching battns training. Lectured on the coming attack to all officers from coy commanders upwards at 5pm. Archdale came to lunch, he commanded a battery in John’s bde in the 3rd divn and now has a bde in this divn. Carter (Hunter Wston’s ADC in the Peninsula) came to tea. Hilton dined. Battns practicing the attack all day in the training area.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
87th Bde relieved by 88th Bde. As we did all fatigues up in the trenches some of the men did not get back till 3am next morning. The whole brigade went back into Laurencourt. Everything is one huge rush, we shall be training all day and every day until the 19th when 2 battns go back and hold the line from the 20th onwards during the 5 or 6 days bombardment. I returned to Laurencourt in a car about 6pm. The first fine day for about a fortnight.
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Conference of COs in the morning. In the afternoon rode into Louvencourt with Raikes & Pierce to watch the 88th Bde practicing the attack in the training area, and see their method of marking out the ground. A fine afternoon.
Went round the trenches at 5.30am. The rain started again as soon as I got back about 9am. The trenches were extraordinarily dry considering. Welch came to lunch. Rode into Acheux in the afternoon. De Lisle went into Marieux for a Corps conference. I went in with him and took the car on to see Kelly at Gezincourt. He has turned the corner and is miles better.
Nicolls (De Lisle’s new ADC) came with me. We bought some papers in Doullens and picked De Lisle up on the way back. Heard this is not the Russians main push but that the real one starts tomorrow around Riga. They have no gun bigger than a 6” down south. Our attack has been put forward as French nervous about Verdun.