We got in all right last night and finished taking over at 10.00 p.m. Kits and men and horses were late and we didn’t get anything to eat till midnight. We were all tired as we left at 6.00 a.m. which necessitated rising at 4.00 a.m. A very interesting part of the line. Our H.Q. in a cellar in a small village, but it’s unsafe to move on the village roads in the day time, only by trenches, and at night they suddenly turn on a bouquet of whizz-bangs in to a bit of the road they suspect movements on. Our cookers, etc., were shelled coming in last night. No casualties, but we shall have them here if men persist in walking about in the day time. Three of the C.O.’s in 107th have gone. Omerod, Chute and Ford-Hutchinson. Been all round the trench line this morning and am mapping it this p.m., and letting Cather go round. There is such a lot to organise and arrange here, I have not time for more than scrappy letters. Am feeling loss of Adjutant rather, but Cather has done splendidly.
The Battalion would take its turn in the line here at Hamel until after the attack on 1 July 1916.