SATURDAY, APRIL 22nd

It began to rain about 3.00 p.m. yesterday and continued steadily and heavily till 9.00 a.m. this morning—result trenches deep in water and mud, and collapsing. Fergie made an issue of mufflers and mitts before we came in and they were thankfully received. Just heard cuckoo for first time. It’s turned much warmer, which is a good sign, and the rain has stopped. We had one casualty last evening, from rifle grenade. Very slight scratch at back of head. ‘At.’ and young Shill. were standing close to him at the time. Am asked to send in name of officer to go home to be instructed in Staff Capt. duties. Brew jumped at it. The Padre has arranged communion service after ‘Stand Down’ in the morning, after 4:15 a.m. It’s the only time most people could attend. The letters now go by hand to M_____ [Mesnil], where one of the grooms takes them on to Fergie for Div. bag.

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