In the E. Yorks. trench all day, fair amount of shelling, but nothing to the last few days. In the evening start digging ourselves in again just in front but, owing to the heavy nature of the ground, can’t get down far enough and have to return to the old trench at daylight
In same trench. Still the same old story, shells, shells, shells (not ours). Change over into a trench that was held by E. Yorks. Where things are a little bit quieter. During the last four days should think we have had at least two hundred casualties. E. Yorks. Trench in an awful condition, no good at all. We make up the parapet in front a bit until daylight, and then have to chance our arm for the following day.
In same trench. Shelling continually night and day. Manage to get some sleep, first time for three days. Go out in evening to fetch water for the platoon.
All day in new trench, front line. Shell fire awful. In the evening go back two miles for extra ammunition. While fetching the water for the section in the early morning, one shell struck the house where we were pumping. Champion injured.
Bn. War Diary: Brigadier General Hasler killed and other heavy casualties
Spend all day in our trench under tremendous shell fire. Advance in evening and dig ourselves in again. Shells worse. Have to abandon trench once.
Barn. Orders come through to move off at 11.15 am. Wash and shave and have a jolly breakfast in the farm field. Entrain 1 pm in horse boxes, pas trainloads of refugees coming from Ypres and Poperinghe. Detrain at Poperinghe, march out to a large farm to bivouac, and have our tea but, owing to the rain which keeps on all night, are billeted in a farmhouse close by.
Barn. Route march in morning. Weather turns very cold and windy. Pack up to move off at a moment’s notice in afternoon. Standing to all night.
Barn. On guard. Wash, shave and do some washing. Beautiful sunrise. There have been lovely sunsets each evening while we have been in this billet. Off guard 8 pm.
The Second Battle of Ypres started on 22nd April, and continued until 25th May. It was the only major attack launched by the Germans in 1915 on the Western Front, and was also the occasion of the first use of chlorine gas on the Western Front.