SATURDAY, APRIL 29th

Another fine sunny day. More wind, and dust blowing in clouds. The night party returned without mishap, having dug their sap and wired it. The 16th [Royal Irish Rifles] were rattled at first by a few whizz-bangs going over head. They had evidently done no trench work, and were rather at sea generally. No wonder, as they were making railways in rear for the last six months. Wonder how long postal arrangements to Ireland will be interrupted by this Dublin show; except for some days, we’ve got to do without letters, owing to this rotten Govt. What troops have they got to deal with the situation? They might send the 10th [(Reserve) Battalion] down. How they’d enjoy it.

3.00 p.m.—Huns been shelling Battery behind our H.Q. about 400 yards. From 12.00 to 3.00 p.m. put in 60 shells, six of which were duds and no damage done. Very interesting watching it from our garden.


Footnote

The 10th (Reserve) Battalion was not sent to Dublin, although some members of the Battalion were detached to the ‘Ulster Composite Battalion’, which comprised men from across 15th Ulster Reserve Brigade. It was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel J K McClintock, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, (Commanding Officer of the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) and arrived in Dublin on 25 April. It took part in operations around the General Post Office.

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