SATURDAY, JULY 1st

Safe and unhurt, but broke. The Battalion is no more. At least 400 casualties, but hard to estimate, as they keep coming in. ‘At.’ and Ensor missing. They got right in with their Coys. Brew, Gibson, Jackson, Shillington, Barcroft, all wounded, but none severe. Charlie Johnston wounded, I believe, and we hope to get him in tonight. Pratt, Cather, Menaul, all out collecting wounded. Every officer who went over is a casualty. Six H.Q. ones [officers] did not go over. 12th same, and 11th and 13th [Royal Irish Rifles] ditto, I hear. The men were splendid! Fergie just in and will take this. Pratt walked to dressing station to give my field P.C. [postcard] to a wounded man. So good of him. I was never in any danger, but am tired to death, and so sad. Jimmy S. all right. Nearly every Sgt. a casualty; Hughes v. bad.

The ravine across which the Battalion attacked on 1 July 1916. 'B' Company attacked on the right from the near side and 'C' Company on the left. 'D' Company attacked just to the left of the picture and 'A' Company attacked across the ravine farther to the right.

The ravine across which the Battalion attacked on 1 July 1916. ‘B’ Company attacked on the right from the near side and ‘C’ Company on the left. ‘D’ Company attacked just to the left of the picture and ‘A’ Company attacked across the ravine farther to the right.

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