SATURDAY, AUGUST 5th

Weather cold, but still fine. Going with Pratt to Armentieres. Glad to see they’ve hanged Casement all right. We’ve had to send one Coy. into the line tonight. ‘A’ to help the Downs, [13th Royal Irish Rifles] who are so weak. We now take over from them. Sorry to part with 12th [Royal Irish Rifles]. We and 12th will now be out together. New Capt., Radbourne, hit on knee, night of relief. Had to go to hospital with synovitis.


Footnote

Captain Percy Charles Radbourne did not return to the Battalion. Unfit for duty with infantry he transferred to the Labour Corps. He also served with the Chinese Labour Corps and was wounded in an air raid. After the war he returned to South Africa. During the Second World War he served with the South Africa Internment Corps and died in service on 9 April 1944; he is commemorated on the Cremation Memorial in Stellawood Cemetery, Durban. His son, Sapper Charles Edwin Nutley Radbourne, South African Engineer Corps, died of wounds on 19 November 1941 and is commemorated on the Alamein memorial.

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