4th August 1917

The rain still poured down.  Following a brief parade at 9:30am came dismissal but our vision of a lazy day in billets was brutally dispelled at 2pm.  From that hour until seven in the evening, in extended order, swords fixed on rifles, we “attacked” some unknown objective through the ripe cornfields already flattened by the deluge from the skies.  A costly exercise in the light of the compensation payable to the French farmers for damage to their crops.

Sick. Very wet still.
Rifle inspection at 9:20am.
Parade 2pm until 7pm. Extended order by 5 platoon.

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