Sunday, 11 September 2011
The 88th Bde got their gas off tonight but the wind can't have been very good as our people decided not to let it go. Went round the trenches at 5.30am with Morris, they are in a better condition than I expected after the rain. Bayley dined & slept.
Rained all day with a fine drizzle, getting heavier at times, & a strong wind. Cleared up at dusk. Trenches flooded and falling in. Gas could not be let off again tonight as wind unfavourable. All four battns out clearing out drains and getting the water out of the trenches.
Went round the right subsector with Welch at 5.30am, found lots of gas cylinders not properly sandbagged in. The gas was to have been let off tonight accompanied by a bombardment but the wind changes so it was off. Rain started coming down in torrents about 3pm and flooded all the trenches. A gas alarm started some miles S of us and spread all along the line about 10.30pm, we managed to stop it going further. Have not heard whether any gas was really let off. Bayley dined & slept.The Inniskillings and Borders relieved the KOSB & SWB respectively after dark & must have got nice and wet going up.
The Corps and Divn commanders went round our trenches at 6am. Going (SWB) had to meet them and take them round. I was left behind to meet the army commander who turned up at 8.30am. Hunter-Weston & De Lisle both expressed themselves satisfied with the work we had done in the trenches. I got up at 5.30am and met Morris (Borders) on the canal bank at 6am, I went round their bank and the canal defences. The Army Commander (Plumer) turned up shortly after 9am and talked for about half an hour. He was very pleasant.Got a wire about 8pm to say Roumania had come in. COs conference at 4.30pm to discuss work, reliefs etc. Completed carrying gas up after dark, it took all our spare men, we now have 200 cylinders in place.