GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 21st

The relief was over at 10.00 p.m. without casualties. Our mess kit went astray and didn’t arrive till 11.00 p.m. We brought one cooker right into the village successfully. A quiet night, but generally more activity and liveliness than when we were here last. Went all round this a.m., and am just in. The line is improved in many ways and in wonderfully good condition. We had a fine night for the relief and fine today. Thanks to the socks, and plenty of candles, which we want now as we are back in the caves. Our letters leave here at 3:30 p.m. to catch the Div. bag at 6.00 p.m. at H_____ [Hedauville]. We were just out of M_____ [Mesnil] in time yesterday, as they put some dozen big ones in there this morning, but only one casualty I hear. I wore my tin hat for 3½ hours this morning and found it not at all uncomfortable after all. Have not heard a word as to the other wounded. Mercier has been sent home, I believe. The seven cows still all right, and five milking still.

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