Friday Rain all day today did nothing but bum in the seat On sentry started a letter to [Janie] Wrote in the seat twas cold too Stole a little snooze this a.m. Am going to bed early
Sentry duty, a nap and an early night … it doesn’t sound too bad, despite the rain. At Petworth, by contrast, the 14th Brigade was having a miserable time.
“At midnight a light rain fell and at 3 am it was raining furiously. Then it thundered and lightning [sic] like the dickens. We were drenched. Our boots were full of water, our blankets saturated. In the hollow under the trees where many of the boys slept there was a regular tidal wave. The place was inundated. Some of the boys remained in their blankets and defied the rain: others crept under the trees and enjoyed the drip-drip-drip and cursed their luck. They stood there until ‘Reveille’ and it was a sad crowd that fell in.” (1)
They’d have sympathized with the soldiers in Bairnsfather’s flooded trench. (2)
(1) Wills, Archie. Diary. 4: 91-92. June 29, 1917. Archie Wills Fonds, University of Victoria Archives. Copyright 2007, University of Victoria.
(2) Bairnsfather, Bruce. More Fragments from France. nd 37.
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