WEDNESDAY, MAY 24th

2.00 p.m.— A very noisy night with M.G. fire, and a certain amount of artillery on both sides of the morning. Warm, heavy a.m., has now turned to rain; expect it will clear before relief. Atkinson got his coat torn with a small splinter of a shell that burst near him this morning. They find the Bosche can read our messages in line with a sensitive instrument, so everything has to be sent by hand, or in cipher, which is laborious. Have just been notified Havre port closed, leave stopped until further orders. Raining quite heavily now.

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