21 July 1916; Friday

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

Up at 8 o’clock. Watched aeroplanes. Glorious morning. Read “The Passing Show” and two chapters of 1st Corinthians. Received orders to move at 12.30 p.m. Hunted for chats (lice) and found over twenty in my shirt. Left our camp about one o’clock. Arrived further up road near a battery of 60 pounders and dug into the bank to make a shelter for a dressing station. Got down for the night on the ground with Piggy Wood, Bascombe, Houghton and a few others. Orders to be up at 5 o’clock. Very cold and damp at night and a terrible noise from the guns just over the road and some 8” guns not far away. Germans shelling the road just ahead. Watched aeroplanes being shot at. Beautifully fine.