10 July 1916; Monday

This is an extract from Arthur Linfoot’s own transcription of his diary, written in 1976.

Up at 7. Spent morning scraping mud off clothes and puttees with jack knife. Paraded 3 o’clock. C.O. read message from Divisional Commander thanking us for good work and saying appreciated by troops. Walked to village Y.M.C.A. Newspaper from home. Everything so peaceful this side of Albert. Rather cold. Lost service and sunshade in trenches.