Tuesday, July 18th 1916

The No. 2 are gradually taking over the work I had in hand and I expect in a day or two I shall join my Coy. at Aix.

Today Pedler turned up here – he had brought a draft out to Abbeville and had – quite irregularly – come forward in the hope of seeing something of the front line. I met him about 6 and as he was awfully keen on going up I took him along. He was terribly nervous and its very comic to see him with his tin hat on creeping along almost on tiptoe through the firing line. It was his first experience and perhaps being straight from England it as not to be wondered at – we have been brought forward by degrees and are rather surprised to find that it affects one new at the game so much. We got back just before 11 – had some scratch supper at our mess and then he went off.

Tuesday, July 18th 1916

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