In the same two lines of trenches. Day opens very quietly but, after breakfast the shelling is worse than it has ever been before, the parapets are absolutely smashed to pieces. Millar is hit, then Teakle killed on top of me. Oliver wounded in the arm. We leave our little bit of the trench and try, by going round the communication trench, to get better cover. Baldwin killed as we go, and Hudson wounded. Fairs, Hudson and I make our way up to the E. Yorks. Left flank. After dinner the attack commences again. The whole line on our front was shelled, then they sent over poison gas and we had to tie wet handkerchiefs over our faces, more shelling and then rifle fire. Fairs killed, all except one of the E. Yorks wiped out round me. I take a message from the E. Yorks. Colonel right down to the trenches to Major Bates at H.Q. (Right flank) and return along the back to our trench. The German attack fails, but they have advanced their position and we ‘stand to’ all night, after being re-inforced by the W. Yorks. And practically half the battalion knocked out. Get cut across the back of the neck with a piece of shrapnel.
L/Cpl Leonard Hastings Teakle 157 aged 25 Panel 52 & 54 Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Rifleman Ernest Wilfrid Baldwin 9397 aged 32 Panel 52 & 54 Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Rifleman Ernest W. Fairs 9551 aged 19 Panel 52 & 54 Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial