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D. L. Hemmingway
24th April 1918 to 24th August 1918

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thank you to David Blair (no relation) who sent the photograph below and tells me that after the war Douglas Hemmingway became a doctor and was GP in the village of Richhill, Co Armagh where he lived out his life.

Capt. Douglas L. Hemmingway, Royal Garrison Artillery

Log Book - Poker O.P.

Inside front cover

The under-mentioned Lts. to be actg. Capts.: —

D. L. Hemmingway, whilst 2nd in Comd. of a Siege Batt. from 16th Aug. 1918 to 19th June 1919.

The under-mentioned to be Second Lieutenants (on probation). Dated 17th December, 1915: —

Royal Field Artillery.  Douglas Lennox Hemmingway.

Back Cover

.....doodles of cats and a dog and Winston Churchill, anyone know who the other 3 doodles are of ?
(I think it may of the guy in the above picture, seated second row, behind the 'B' off to the right, there are two men with 3 stripes upper arm sitting beside each other, the one on the left looks like it could be the artists model or maybe a self portrait ?)

one of the loose notes

it says : -  225 - SB
To Adjutant 89 Bde Rga.
Reference R 2570/1 dated 8/9/18
Reconnaissance has been made of W 21 d and vicinity.
There is a (two words scored out) fairly good position at W 21 d 60.70 but approaches are difficult.
Roads in W 21 d and b are only fit for motor transport in dry weather.
Road running South from HENINCOURT past BRICK YARD and w 26 b 60 90 is good.
There is a possible position, but with not much flash cover at W 27 a 2. 9. about 100 yards east of main road.

D. L. Hemmingway
Capt. RGA 225 - S.B. Rgt. (see above for more)

(again with the help of 'The Great War Forum', we think this is Douglas Lennox Hemmingway)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

 

War Diary

3.pm. 24.4.18  to  3pm. 25.4.18

  3.00 p.m.      Enemy's lines completely obscured by dense mist.
  4.55 p.m.      Few rounds 4.2 How. on M'Court S.B. of Bty. 95° g
  5.45 p.m.      6 rounds 4.2 gas on V28a S.B. 95° g
  6.00 p.m.      Slight T.M. activity from 98° - 100 ° g
  7.05 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V 28 with gas and H.E. 3 rds. amt. S.B. 87° g 6 rounds
  8.00 p.m.      12 77 mm gun on Millencourt S.B. 95°
  8.10 p.m.      12 4.2 gun on Hennancourt near Chateau S.B. 100°
  8.25 p.m.      30 77 mm gun on Millencourt & vicinity S.B. 95°
  8.55 p.m.      20 4.2 gun on Millencourt  S.B. 90°
  9.40 p.m.      20 4.2 gun on Millencourt S.B. 90°
  9.45 p.m.      20 4.2 gun in V 24 S.B. 90°
10.00 p.m.      20 4.2 gun on V 28 direction not recorded
10.20 p.m.      10 4.2 gun on Hennancourt S.B. 90°
11.45 p.m.      20 4.2 gun on Millencourt
  4.30 a.m.      6 4.2 gun on Hennancourt S.B. 90°
  5.10 a.m.     Bursts of 30 rds 77 mm gun on Millencourt
  5.30 a.m.
  5.35 a.m.
  6.10 a.m.      4.2 gun shelling Hennancourt S.B. 90°
  6.45 a.m.      {scribbled out}..............visibility very bad
10.15 a.m.      {scribbled out}..............shelling observed
10.?? a.m.      4.2 How. shelling Hennancourt about four rounds fired
12.45 p.m.      4.2 shelling V28c about 12 rds H. E. S.B. 92° g
  2.00 p.m.      Hostile Battery shelling back areas towards V26 Slow rate 1 rd per 2 mts.? Mul...ted


25.4.18 to 3 p.m. 26.4.18

  3.40 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Hennancourt four rounds fired S.B. un.............
  5.10 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Hennancourt about six rounds S.B. 88° 
  5.30 - 6.30 p.m.      Hostile artillery quiet, visibility poor
  7.00 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Hennencourt 1 rnd. per mt. S.B. 95° g 4 rds.
  7.15 p.m.      6 additional rounds on same target from same direction
  7.20 p.m.      Fairly heavy A. activity on extreme left. General direction 60° g
can't read        H A ceased
  7.25 p.m.      77 mm gun S.B. 90° fired about 8 rds. on our forward positions on 80° grid
  7.35 p.m. to 7.40      H. Bs. active on Grids 73° and 93° S.B. Targets unknown.
  8.15 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling our front line on Grid 75° S.B. of Bty. 89° grid. about 6 rounds
  8.25 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V 28c S.B. 95° g 2 rds. a mnt. 8 rds.
  8.40 p.m.      Further 4 rds. from same direction
  9.30 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Henincourt 1 rd. amt. S.B. 88° g 4 rds.
12.50 a.m.      5 Rds. 4.2 on V27b from Grid 95° (S.B.)
  1.20 a.m.      H. B. active on 86° g - apparently shelling back areas. about 6 rds.
  1.30 a.m.      About 8 rds. 4.2 H. E? probably on front line. Grid 108°. S.B. of Bty. 95° g. 2 rds. per mnt.
  1.40 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling back area - V26? Slow rate. 1 rd. per. 2 mts. S.B. 95° g. 3 rds.
  2.35 a.m.      Ditto   1 rd. per. mt. 10 rds.
  2.50 a.m.        "        3 rds.
  4.10 a.m.        "        3 rds.
  5.25 a.m.      H.B. 4.2 How. S.B. 95° g. shelling our forward area. about Grid 85°. Rate rapid 3 or 4 rds. a mnt.
  5.50 a.m.      About 12 rds. 4.2 How. on V27b. Report inaudible. Unlocated.
  6.00 a.m.      No visibility. Dense mist.
  6.10 a.m.      4.2 How. firing 3 gun salvoes and single round on V26b. at about interval S.B. 98° g. about 30 rds. Wire to B. C. P. cut.
  7.30 a.m.      Communication re-established.
  8.00 a.m.      4.2 How. S.B. 98° g shelling V26b. 2 rds. per. mt.
  9.00 a.m.      H. Artillery given visibility very bad owing to mist.
10.35 a.m.      Several rounds on V26 from H. Battery. S.B. 95° - 98° rapid rate. 77 mm guns. Ceased 10.38
10.50 a.m.      H. Batt. 77 mm guns. S.B. 95° slow rate on V26
12.20 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling M'Court. S.B. 90° g. 3 rds. minute
12.30 p.m.      4.1 gun shelling V26. S.B. 95° g. 2 rds. minute
  2.30 p.m.      4.1 gun shelling V26. S.B. 95° g. in salvos 2 minute
                       Ceased 2.35 p.m.

               {cannot make out signature}   24 ?? 8B     26.4.18

3 p.m. April 26th to 7.30 p.m. April 26th

  3.00 p.m.      - visibility poor
  4.50 p.m.      - 4.1 Battery S.B. 95° g. shelling V26 6 rds min.  ceased 4.55 p.m.
  5.00 p.m.      Artillery activity on distant left about 60° 65° g. S.B.  ceased 5.6 p.m.
  5.15 p.m.      Slight T. M. activity at 75° g. S.B.
  4.25 p.m.      77 mm Battery firing on our trenches S.B. 84° g. rapid & at intervals.
  5.40 p.m.      4.2 gun Battery S.B. 93° g. shelling V26 rapid rate
  5.50 p.m.      4.2 How. Batt. S.B. 80° g. shelling trenches {?}21 rapid rate
  6.50 p.m.      4.2 gun Battery S.B. 93° g. shelling V26. rapid rate
                       Line to Battery disconnected at 6.50 p.m.
  7.05 p.m.     Artillery activity 60 - 65° g. S.B. distant left
  7.33 p.m.      Hostile Artillery active 70° - 85° g. S.B. on front line.
  7.38 p.m.      Hostile Artillery ceased      "               "             "
  7.45 p.m.      Communication re-established with Battery
  7.50 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V28. S.B. 95° g. 3 rounds.

               {another illegible signature}  68 (maybe) S.B.

  8.30 p.m.      OP taken over from 68 Siege by 178 Siege Bty.
  8.30 p.m.      Artillery active N. of Aveley (?) 60° - 70° grid.
  8.45 p.m.      1 rd. fired into V28a
9.0 - 9.15 p.m.     Continued activity on left, possibly T. M. barrage
10.00 p.m.      Slight shelling activity by 6 How. Situation chamal (?) on left.
10.05 p.m.      4.2 How. shelled V22. 2 rds.
10.20 p.m.      4.2 How. shelled V28b several rds. S.B. 80°g.
10.40 to 10.45 p.m.      77 mm shelling trenches. S.B. 93° and shelled 124 d approx.

11.35 p.m. April 26th to 7 a.m. April 27th

11.35 p.m.      4.2 How. shelled V28 S.B. 95° 4 rds.
11.50 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling back areas. G.B. 84°
April 27th
 
1.00 a.m.      T M activity at 95 G. S.B.
  1.40 a.m.      77 mm firing on trenches. S.B. 93° round Solo OP
  2.05 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V28. S.B. 93°  12 rds. 2 rds. per. 2 mins.
  2.30 a.m.      77 mm gun firing on trenches. S.B. 93° 6 rds on Solo.
  4.15 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V28. S.B. 95°g. 6 rds.
  4.50 a.m.      4.3 How. shelling V28. S.B. 95°g. 4 rds.
  5.00 a.m.      77 mm Battery shelling trenches at S.B. 93°, in Solo ana?
  5.30 a.m.      4.2 gun shelling back area. 1 rd. per. min. S.B. 95°
  6.30 a.m.      Handed over to 68 S.B. Situation - quiet, visibility - fair only - 4.2 How. S.B. V28 S.B. 90°g.

                   {signature looks like}   ?  Linden    178 S.B.   27.4.18

6.30 a.m. 27.4.18  to  3 p.m. 27.4.18

  6.55 a.m.      Sharp burst of about 20 rds. rapid on Senlis S.B. 93°g.
  7.40 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling Infantry positions about grid 90°. with gas from 95°g. S.B. 2 rds. a mnt. About 10 rds.
7.45 to 8.45      H. A. quiet. Visibility bad.
  8.50 a.m.      Occasional rounds of 4.2 Shrapnel on our lines. (87°g) from 90°g. S.B.
  9.00 a.m.     4.2 How. firing bursts of 4 rds. H. E. on our line. (G. 82°) S.B. 90°g.
  9.20 a.m.      H. Batt. 4.2 shelling V27. 6 rds. S.B. 92°g.
10.10 a.m.      H. Batt. 4.2 shelling V22 c&d 7 rds. S.B. 95°g.
10.15 a.m.      H. Batt. 4.2 shelling Bouzincourt, about ten rds. S.B. unlocated
10.20 to 10.35 a.m.      Shelling of Bouzincourt recommenced about 20 rds. S.B. unlocated
11.20 a.m.      S.B. of Bty. shelling Bouzincourt. 78°g. shelling continuing at intervals.
11.40 a.m.      T. M. activity between 80° - 95° grid.
12.15 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V27 b&d. S.B. 92°g. rapid rate
12.30 p.m.      T M artillery active against our lines. 80° - 90°g. S.B. ceased 12.40 p.m.
  1.00 p.m.      T M activity resumed as above
  1.30 p.m.      Hostile artillery fairly quiet.

                S. H. Fuller  2/Lt.   68  S.B.

3 p.m. to 3 p.m. 27th April - 28 April 1918

  3.20 p.m.      Shelling of V22 c&d. 4 rds. S.B. 95°g.
  3.45 p.m.      Shelling of V22 c&d. 10 rds. S.B. 95°g.
  5.00 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Bouzincourt S.B. 79°g. 3 rds. per. min.
  5.10 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V22c. 4 rds. S.B. 93°g.
  5.35 p.m.      4.1 gun shelling V27 a&c. 9 rds. S.B. 93°g.
  5.40 p.m.      4.2 gun shelling V28 a. 6 rds. S.B. 93°g.
  7.45 p.m.      How. Batt. shelling V27. S.B. 88°g. rapid rate} ceased 7.58 p.m.
  7.48 p.m.        "         "         "         "       "    92°g.               } ceased 7.58 p.m.
  8.00 p.m.      Heavy T. M. & Artillery activity on extreme left, no visual observation possible, ceased 8.05 p.m.
  8.15 p.m.      T. M. & artillery activity received, ceased 8.25 p.m.
  8.30 p.m.      T. M. & artillery activity renewed between 55° - 115°g. at various parts of line, ceased 9.40 p.m.
10.05 p.m.      T. M. & artillery activity recommenced S.B. 78° to 55° grid.
10.25 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling round V22 c. 10 rds. S.B. 92° grid
                       T. M. activity becoming intermittent, ceased 10.40 p.m.
10.45 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Millencourt. 20 rds. Flash bearing 98° grid
11.00 p.m.      4.2 How. shelled Millencourt. 20 rds. Flash bearing 92° grid
11.15 p.m.      4.2 How. shelled Millencourt. 10 rds. 3 per. min. 98° grid F.B.
  1.05 a.m.      4.2 How. shelled Bouzincourt. 3 rds. minute. S.B. 78°g.
  2.05 a.m.      Small calibre gas shells falling in out lines. extending. 80° - 90°g. S.B. of H. Batts engaged. 88°. 90°. 93°g.
  2.40 a.m.      Small calibre gas shells still falling in our lines but at reduced rate, ceased at 3 oc.
  4.00 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V27 & 26. S.B. 93°g. 3 rds. minute. ceased 4.05 a.m.
  4.35 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling Millencourt at intervals about 6 rds. 93°g. Flash
  5.00 a.m.      H. Artillery quiet
  5.45 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V29c. S.B. 92°g. 12 rds.
  5.48 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V29. S.B. 92°g. 3 rds. a minute.
  6.20 a.m.      H. Artillery quiet, visibility fair.
  7.30 a.m.      H. Artillery quiet, visibility failing.
  8.30 a.m.           "           "          "            Nil
10.10 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V26 b or V21c. 2 rds a min. S.B. 95°g.
10.15 a.m.      ceased firing
10.40 a.m.      4.2 How. again shelling V26. S.B. 94°g. 2 rds. a mnt. 14 rds.
11.35 a.m.      Bouzincourt being shelled from the left. Steady rate
    to
12.00              1 rd. per nit.? S.B. of Bty. 63°G
12 a.m.           Visibility improved - Fair
12.25 p.m.      5rds. 4.2 How. toward Lavieville S.B. 93°G ????
1.45 p.m.        4.2 How. shelling B'court at irregular interval S.B. 83°G
1.50 p.m.        Slight H.T.M. activity G 98°
2.5 p.m.          Few rounds 4.2 Shrapnel over W20 Bty. unlocated
2.10 p.m.        4.2 Bty active at Grid 92° - shelling Albert Amien road about G. 125° 10 rds.
2.10 - 3.30     H.A. quiet Visibility poor
3.30               Visibility improving - now moderately good
3.40               4.2 How. shelling Bouzincourt S.R. 94°G. 1 rd. a mt.
4.5 p.m.         H.B. probably 4.2 How. shelling V26. 2 rds. a mt. S.B. 93°G.
4.50 p.m.       H.B. 4.2 Hows. shelling V22a or V22c  S.B. 96°G. 3 or 4 rds. a mt. (rounds a minute?)
    "                4 rds. 4.2 H.E. on V28C from S.B. 93°G.
5.15 p.m.       H.B. active only 92° (S.B.) Target unknown, probably back
areas on left
5.30 p.m.       4.2 How. shelling Bouzincourt intermittently in Short bursts about 4 rds. of rapid fire S.B. 75
°G. About 12 rds?
6 p.m.            77mm. gun Bty shelling D5  S.B. 93°G About 8 rds.
6.10 p.m.       Some T.M. activity between 60°G. and 90°G.  Machine gun fire intermittent
6.15 p.m.       5.9 How. Baty. shelling Bouzincourt Rapid rate S.B. 63°G.
6.15 pm. to 6.30 p.m.     Several rounds probably 5.9 How. H.E. on w14A  S.B. of Baty. 84°G.
6.45 p.m.       H.A.A. on extreme left - probably in neighbourhood of Aveby Wood
7 p.m.           H.B. calibre uncertain - shelling Bouzincourt  S.B. 83°G.  About 10 rds. slow rate
9.10 p.m.      'stain over writing' on V28 & 22  Rapid  S.B. 90° G.
10 p.m.         Shelling V16a  Flash Flicker  63° to 65° G.
10.45-10.55  4.2 Gun H.E. on V22c & b  (10 rds.)  S.B. 98° G.
1-1.15 a.m.   4.2 Gun H.E. on V21d & 22e  S.B. 95°
2.25-2.45 a.m.  4.2 H.E. on V21d & 22c  20 rds.  S.B. 95
          (Took over from 178 S.B. 6.15 a.m.)  A. ?????? 178 S.B.
6.15 a.m.      Visibility fair, H. Artillery grid
8 oc. a.m.     4.2 How. Batt. shelling V27 & 26  S.B. 92° G.  Rapid rate  10 rounds
8.30 a.m.      Working party Lorries observed on Bécourt Road  Engaged 3 rounds
9.30 a.m.      Few rounds 4.2 H.E. harassing fired on E1 and D5  Unlocated
9.40 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling front line about W21 from Grid 72° S.B.  1 rd. a mit.  About 20 rds.
9.45 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V29c from G 90° S.B.  1 rd. per mits.  50 rds.
10.5 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling W26 V  S.B. 92° G.  Single round at irregular intervals.
10.55 a.m.    4.1 Gun Bty. firing on V26  S.B. 90° to 96° G.  1 per mit.  6 rds.
11.30 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling V30  2 rds. a mit.  S.B. 92° G.  Gas.  H.E. and Shrapnel
11.50 a.m.    4.2 How. firing gas intermittently on V27 central  S.B. 95° G.  Rate of fire 2 rds. a mt.
12 a.m.         4.2 How. firing on V26  1 per mit.  S.B. 95° G.
1.5 p.m.        4.2 How. shelling V27 with H.E.  1 rd. per mit.  S.B. 93° G.
2.10 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Bouzincourt  About 10 rds. rapid  S.B.  92 ° G.
                      signed S. ? Fuller 2/Lt. R.G.A.

From 3p.m. April 29th to 3p.m. April 30 1918

3.5 p.m.        4.2 How shelling V27 with H.E. 3 rds.  S.B. 95°Grid.
4.20 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V29 central H.E. 1 rd per min.  S.B. 90° Grid about 10 rds. Ceased 4.20
4.40 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V27 central with H.E. & gas about 2 rds. per min.  S.B. 94° Probably battery posn. E5b 97 Ceased firing 4.4.7
5.15 p.m.      Sharp burst of fire on W13 from G76° S.B. Calibre of Battery uncertain - either 4.2 or 5.9 How. Rate? - 4 rds. amt. About 20 rds. m. all.
5.25 p.m.      Shelling last reported ceased
5.20 p.m.      Line disconnected at exchange. Communication re-established 5.37
5.35 p.m.      H. Plane over Henincourt
6.55 p.m.      Small red balloon drifted over Henincourt from N. to S.
7.5 p.m. 4.2 How. Battery firing H.E. at intense rate on Millencourt S.B. 93°G. About Cor 8 rds. a mt.
7.8 p.m.        Firing ceased
7.13 p.m.      Another burst of about 16 rds. rapid on M'Court.
7.18 p.m.      Still another burst on V.29c and D5a - about 12 rds.
7.23 p.m.      Still another burst on V.29c and D5a - about 12 rds.
7.28 p.m.      Still another burst on V.29c and D5a - about 16 rds.
7.33 p.m.      Still another burst on V.29c and D5a - about 16 rds.
7.35 p.m.      4.2 How shelling V27C. with gas & H.E. S.B. 95°  2 rds. a mt.
8 p.m.           Sharp burst of about 12 rds. rapid in W14  S.B. of 4.2 How. Batt. engaged 90°G.
8.30 p.m.      4.2 How. fired about 8 rds. gas in salvoes on V27 central  S.B. 95°G.
8.35 p.m.      Some T.M. activity about G.90° to 97°
8.45 p.m.      77mm 8mm Batt. fired about 10 rds. on V24  S.B. 91°G.
9.15 p.m.      T.M. activity Grid 85 - 90
9.40 p.m.      11 Rds 77 gun on V21 C & D -  S.B. 88
9.45 p.m.       burst of about 10 ? 4.2 on V a? & c  S.B. 98°
9.50 p.m.        do.        do.    10 - 42 on Millencourt  S.B. 95
10.20 p.m.     Burst of 20 Rds. 4.2 on V28C  S.B. Grid 86
11.55 p.m.          do        do      4.2 on V28d  S.B.   "     93 (on field Bty.)
12.34 a.m.     4.2 shelling ? 21 with Gas no bearing obtainable
1.0 a.m.         T.M. active Grid 85°  90°
1.49 a.m.       Flacts? of Battery still shelling V21 with gas at grid 79°  10'
2.40 a.m.       Shelling of V21 and 22 with gas & H.E. still continues at short intervals  S.B. of Bty. now engaged 84°G
3.20 a.m.       Shelling of V22 with gas now ceased. Occasional rounds of 4.2 H.E. harassing fire
3.20 to 4.30 a.m.     H.A. quiet
4.30 a.m.       About 6 rds. 4.2 H.E. on V22  S.B. 91°G. 1 rd per 2 mts.
5 a.m.            About 8 rds. 4.2 H.E. on W20  S.B. 91°G. 1 rd per mit.
5.10 a.m.       4.2 How. shelling V29C  S.B. 98°G. Gas & H.E. Slow rate
5.15 a.m.       4.2 How. 6 rds. H.E. V28C.  S.B. 95°G. 2 per. mit.
6.45 a.m.       4.2 How. 6 rds. H.E. V21d or V28C  S.B. 95°G. 1 per. mit.
7 a.m.            Visibility nil. Dense mist
7 - 9 a.m.      All quiet
9.30 a.m.      4.2 shelling W7 & 14  S.B. 88°G. 2 rds. minute H.E.
12.30 p.m.    4.2 shelling W7 & 14  S.B. 88°G. 3 rds. minute H.E. 20 rds.
1'oc p.m.      All quiet Visibility nil
3 p.m.           Hostile Artillery quiet
                                               ? Lloyd - unclear signature P.G.A.? ?? S.B.

3 P.M. - 3 P.M. 30 April - 1st May 1918

3.20 p.m.      4.2 How. Btty. shelling Bouzincourt  S.B. 86°G. about 6 rounds slow
4.25 p.m.      Slight T.M. activity against our? trenches at about 88°G  S.B.
4.30 p.m.      Visibility slightly improving
6 oc p.m.      T.M. activity  S.B. 85°G.
6.45 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Bouzincourt 85°G  S.B. 2 rds. minute
7.0 p.m.        Duties taken over by 178 S.B.  H. O. Lydford iiLt.
8.55 p.m.      4.2 how shelling Millencourt 6 rounds S.B. 85°
9.50 p.m.      Slight T.M. activity  S.B. about 85°
10.10 p.m.    T.M. activity stopped
10.35 p.m.    Everything quiet Occasional rounds
10.40 p.m.    Reflection, probably of a fire visible at 70°Grid. Actual fire in ground dead to us
10.45 p.m.    Fire shows as a dump burning & exploding
11.0 p.m.      Fire at 70°Grid stopped burning
12 midnight     Reflection of a fire at 70° Grid. Not visible at 1 a.m.
1 a.m.           4.2 how shelling Bouzincourt  S.B. 80° to 85° 1 rd per 2 mins. Ceased 1.10
1.40 a.m.      T.M. activity. Red & green lights seen almost continuously until 2.15 a.m. Lights cease 2.15 a.m.
5.10 a.m.      4.2 how. shelling Millencourt Rapid & then irregular  S.B. 85° to 90°. Ceased 5.35 a.m.
                                                       Harold O. Lydford iiLieut, R.G. A.(S.R.)
6 a.m.           H.A. quiet Visibility nil
6-9 a.m.        No hostile activity whatever, whole sector quiet, Enemy's lines completely obscured by dense mist
9.30 a.m.      Occasional T.M. activity  S.B. 85°G.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.         Hostile Acty. very quiet - Visibility nil, thick mist
10.3 p.m. to 10.6 p.m.     4.2 How. shelling Millencourt from grid by sound 92° 10 rds. gunfire
1 oc a.m.      Hostile Artillery quiet
2      do                  do                  do
3      do                  do                  do
4      do                  do                  do
5      do                  do                  do
6      do                  do                  do    Visibility nil, thick mist
7      do                  do                  do                           do
7.15 a.m.      10 rds. dropped in area before M'Court probably V6 4.2 How  S.B. 95°G at various intervals
7.15 to 9.15 a.m.     Quiet on the Whole Sector. No visibility owing to mist
9.30 a.m.      Mist lifting  Visibility fair
9.50 a.m.      Wagon and small working party on Albert R? Rd. W30d 0.2 Engaged by 68 Forward. 5 rounds 2 rds. for??ti?ll OK. Party dispersed. Wagon disappeared toward B'court W???
10.10 a.m.    Few rounds 4.2 Shrap. on Bouzincourt. 1 per. 2 mts. S.B. 78°G.
12.45 p.m.    4.2 How. shelling W13C 1 rd. per mit.  S.B. 78°G.
1.45 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling M'Court 1 rd. every 2 min.  S.B. 10?G
1.55 p.m.      Firing ceased                                 2nd to 3rd May
3 p.m.           Hostile arty. quiet, visibility fair
4.30 p.m.      3 rounds 5.9 How. on our Front line between 63° and 67°G. Unlocated
4.40 p.m.      Another 3 rounds 5.9 How. on W9c and W15a  S.B. 63°G
4.50 p.m.      3 rds. 5.9 How. on Bouzincourt Salvo  S.B. 63°G.
5.10 p.m.      Occasional rounds of 4.2 H.E. on D5d  Unlocated
7 p.m.           6 rds. 5.9 on M'court Rapid  S.B. 90°G.
7.15 p.m.      H. Batteries 5.9 & 4.2 How. shelling M.'court  rapid rate  S.B. about 90° to 95° Grid
8.0 p.m.        Lavieville? shelled - 10 rounds 4.2
8.15 p.m.      Millencourt Lavieville Rd & Millancourt  shelled 100 rds. 4.2
8.30 p.m.      shelling ceased
8.30 to 5 p.m.     No hostile artillery activity
5 to 6.0 p.m.         do                    do                 thick mist
                                                                D. L. Hemmingway ?? A.

2nd May  to 3 p.m.  3rd May  (cont.)

6.30 a.m.      178  S.B. relieved by 68 S.B.  No visibility Dense mist
6.35 a.m.      About 20 rds. 4.2. How  H.E.  apparently in Lavieville rate rapid. Rough S.B. 140
°G.
6.45 a.m.      T.M. activity on front line G. 98° (S.B.)  Machine-gun fire intermittent
8.45 a.m.      Mist lifting. Visibility improving
9 a.m.           Few rounds 77mm H.E. on our lines about G100°  S.B. 91°G.
9.10 a.m.      8 or 10 Hostile planes at great height on patrol over Albert - Millencourt Area
12.20 p.m.    Movement of small bodies of troops and transport abound on road believed blu. in X26f. Part of road under observation between 91°ˇ36°G. and 91°ˇ56°G.  Traffic roughly moving N.E.
1.40 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Bouzincourt 1 rd. a mt.  S.B. 78°G.
4.30 p.m.      Transport in movement again observed on road in X26d between Grid 91°ˇ36°G. and 91°ˇ56° - small cars or possibly tanks
6.30 p.m.      H. Baloon? Balvon? 58°ˇ25°
8.45 p.m.      Small dump exploded in enemy's line  G.B. 84°ˇ70°
9 p.m.           Hostile Bty. - probably 4.2 How. shelling toward Senlis  Salvoes at irregular intervals  S.B. 92°G.
9 p.m.           Big glare in enemy's lines - probably from explosion of dump.  G.B. 77°ˇ35'
9.10 p.m.      4.2 How.  S.B. 79°G. shelling ridge in W15 at interval. Salvoes of 4 guns
9.15 p.m.      H.B. probably 4.2 How. Shelling Bouzincourt 1 rd. a mt.  Flashes at G.71°ˇ20'.
9.43 p.m.      Big burst of red flames apparently in his? own lines followed by fierce fire  G.B. 67°
10.5 to 10.40 p.m.     Golden rain rockets going up at short intervals between G.63° and G73°.
10.20 p.m.    Fire started at 9.43 p.m. burnt out
12.50 p.m.    H.B. active firing bursts of 4 rds. at intervals. Target unknown  S.B. G 110°
                                    W28C ? 1.30
1 p.m.           Shelling ceased
2 p.m.           Hostile artillery quiet
6 a.m.           Hostile artillery quiet. visibility nil, thick mist
7 a.m.           Hostile artillery quiet, visibility improving
8 a.m. - 12 n        Hostile artillery quiet, visibility fair
12.20 p.m.           Hostile artillery quiet. visibility good
2.40 p.m.             Hostile artillery quiet, visibility fair
4.45 p.m.      Several rounds at short intervals 4.2 How. on Bouzincourt  S.B. 87°G.
5.45 p.m.      Fire commenced in buildings in Albert 93° 35' Grid.
7.15 p.m.      ?? handed over to 178 Siege? Battery
11.45 p.m.    Except for occasional shrapnel bursts in forward area, there is nothing to report & the sector remains quiet & normal visibility poor - heavy ground mist
3.30 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling Millencourt & Ana or Ava Nofit?  S.B. 95°G. about 40 rds. irregularly
6.40 a.m.      178 Siege Bty. relieved by 68 Siege Bty.
                                                         signed ? ? Linden 2/Lt. 178 S.?.

6.40 a.m. May 5th to May 5th

6.45 a.m.      Visibility nil. Hostile Artillery quiet
8 oc a.m.      Visibility nil, Hostile Artillery quiet
10.30 a.m.    Visibility nil, Hostile Artillery quiet
12 n.             Visibility improving Hostile Artillery quiet
12.30 p.m.    Visibility fair, Hostile Artillery quiet
1.15 p.m.      Several rounds at short intervals on M.'court 4.2 How. unlocated
2 oc p.m.      Hostile Baloon 62
° Grid
3 oc p.m.      H. Artillery quiet  Visibility fair
4 oc p.m.      H. Artillery quiet  Visibility good
6.30 p.m.      H. Artillery quiet  Visibility good
7.10 p.m.      4.2. How. Batt. shelled M'Court G98°  S.B. 3 rds. minute

3 p.m. to 3 p.m.  5th - 6th May 1918

9 p.m.           Hostile arty quiet
10.10 p.m.    4.2 How. shelling M'Court bursts of 4 Rds.  S.B. 110
°G.
10.20 p.m.    Shelling ceased
11.10 p.m.    4.2 How. shelling M.'C. 3 rds per min.  S.B. 110°G.
11.23 p.m.    Shelling ceased
11.30 p.m.    Burst of 10 Rds. Rapid 4.2 on M.Court  S.B. 95°G.
12 midnight     Hostile arty quiet
2-6 a.m.        Hostile Artillery quiet
8.20 a.m.      Several rounds on lines before Albert from 4.1 Gun  S.B. 88°Grid
8.25 a.m.      Hostile balloon at 99° Grid
8.30 a.m.      Hostile Balloon at 99° Grid resanded?
9.30 a.m.      Traffic movement - lorries or small tanks - Grid 91° 32' - probably on road about X26d 75.60. Movement towards Bécourt Woods
11.30 a.m.    Movement again observed at same point - apparently lorries moving N. to S.
12 a.m.         4.2 How. shelling Millencourt (D5a)  S.B. 98°G.  Firing irregular  Harassing
12.10 p.m.    Burst of about 8 rds. rapid from 77mm gun Bty.  S.B. 90°G. on pour lines on G. 86°
12.30 p.m.    Small parties of men and horse transport seen on road  G.B. 91° 32' - Movement more or less continues since 9.30 a.m.
2.30 p.m.      4.2 How. Bty. steadily shelling Bouzincourt W13C. 2 rds. a mit.  S.B. 76°G. Ceased 2.50 p.m.
3 p.m.           4 rds. 4.2 Shrap. over Bouzincourt.  S.B. 78°G.
4.15 p.m.      77mm Bty. firing salvoes on Bouzincourt at short intervals.  S.B. 88°G.
4.30 p.m.      4.2 How.  S.B. 78°G. fired about 12 rds. H.E. on B'Court 2rds a mit.
4.30 - 7.30 p.m.     H.A. quiet  Visibility variable
7.45 p.m.      Duties taken over by 178 S.B. (H. O. Lydford iiLt.)
9.10 p.m.      4.2 how. on Millencourt. Harassing fire. 6 rounds  S.B. 105° about. Ceased 9.13
10.30 p.m.    H.A. quiet
10.30 to 4.50 a.m.     H.A. quiet
4.50 a.m.      10 rds rapid 4.2 how. on Bouzincourt  S.B. 90 degs. ceased 4.56 a.m. - Harold O. Lydford iiLt. 178 S.B.
6.30 a.m.      Duties taken over by 68 S.B.
7 a.m.           H.A. quiet.  Visibility nil.
7.30 a.m.      Slight T.M. activity between Grid 110° and 120°
9 a.m.           Visibility nil.  H.A. quiet
11 a.m.         Visibility nil.  H.A. quiet
12.10 p.m.    4.2 How. fired about 12 rds. rapid.  S.B. of Bty 90°G.  S.B. of Bursts 69°G. probably on W15
3.35 p.m.      Burst of fire from two 4.2 How Btys. on our lines between G70 and 85°  S.B. of Btys. 89° Grid 79°G Rate rapid.  10 rds. per Bty.
4.35 p.m.                                    Repetition of above
4.45 p.m.      Light improving
5.10 p.m.      Enemy car on Bécourt Rds. E5b.
5.30 - 7 p.m.     Visibility moderate.  H.A. quiet Considerable aerial activity on both sides
8.40 p.m.      4.2 How.  S.B. 75°G shelling Bouzincourt. 1 rd. a mt. Second battery 4.2 How. shelling our lines between 75° & 80°G.  S.B. Bty. 82°G. Burst of about 10 rds. rapid
11.40 p.m.    Hostile Btys. & T.M.s shelling out line between grids 100° and 110° Flashes at 94° & 96° Rapid rate
12 mid          Shelling ceased
1.25 a.m.      Line between Forward Section of Battery & Centre Section dis.
2.40 a.m.      About 6 rds 4.2 H.E. on our line about G110°  S.B. of Bty. 98°G.

8.5.18

3.5 a.m.        H.B. 4.2 Hows. active  S.B. 95°G. Target our lines G110° 10 rds.  Our F.A. very active on extreme right
3.10 a.m.      4.2 How. Bty shelling our lines about G.70° Rate 2 per mit.  S.B. 85°G. Ceased after about 10 rds.
3.20 a.m.      T.M. activity G. 87°
3.40 a.m.      4.2 How. Bty. shelling out lines. Rate 2 per mit.  S.B. of Bty. 76°G.  S.B. of bursts 66°-68°G. Ceased after about 8 rds.
4.10 a.m.      4.2 How. Bty. S.B. 101°G. shelling our lines before Albert - about 98°. Rate rapid.  About 8 rds.
4.20 a.m.      Same Bt, - apparently shelling Lavieville 2 rds. a mit. About 10 rds.
4.30 a.m.      4.2 H.B. active at G.76°  S.B. firing intermittently (scored out - Sound of bursts obs. 'killed' by our own gun fire. Target unknown) on Bouzincourt
4.45 a.m.      T.M. activity about G. 70°
5 to 8 a.m.    H.A. quiet.  Visibility nil.  Misty
8.5 a.m.        Two 4.2 How. Bty. shelling Bouzincourt intermittently in short bursts of rapid fire  S.B. (1) 76°G. (2) 85' G.
8.55 a.m.      Some T.M.A. 85° - 90°G.
9.10 a.m.      Sharp burst of about 8 rds. Intense on Bouzincourt  S.B. 76°G.  Bty. of 4.2 Hows.
9.30 11.50 a.m.      Continued Heavy T.M. Activity 85°-90°G. probably our own. Hostile 77 fired about 20 rounds intense on W14. Sound bearing 85°
12 noon        T.M. Activity at Grid 66°
12.15 to       Quiet, Poor Visibility
2.40 p.m.      Hostile 4.2 How. fired about 20 rounds intense on W8d & W14b.
3.50 p.m. scored out

3 p.m. - 3 p.m.  8 May to 9 May 1918

3.50 p.m.      4.2 How. Batt. fired about 20 rds. on W8d & W14b from G87°  S.B.
4.0 p.m.        4.2 How. fired several rounds on Bouzincourt at slow rate Grid 87° S.B.
7.50 p.m. scored out
6.50 p.m.      Visibility improved
7.15 p.m.      Visibility failing
8 oc p.m.      Visibility low. misty
8.25 p.m.      (Handed OP over to 178 S.B.)

8.25 p.m. 8th May to 6 a.m. 9th May (1918)

9.15 p.m.      Hostile shelling in direction of W13 and W14 - 4.2 Hows.
9.45-9.50 p.m.      Hostile shelling in direction of W14 and W20 4.2 Hows. at rate of about 5 per min. Flash spotted at 71
°
10.25 p.m.    4.2 shelling in front of Millencourt. approx. S.B. 90°
11.15 - 11.18 p.m.     Rapid burst 4.2 gun on W13 & W14
11.35 to 12.5 a.m.     Shelling of W13 and W14 with 4.2 gun  S.B. 90°
12.15 - 12.20 a.m.     Flashes spotted at 82° - probably a 77 mm gun. Shelling in front of Millencourt 2 rds. per min.
12.30 - 12.40 a.m.     Flashes spotted at 82° - probably a 77 mm gun. Shelling in front of Millencourt 2 rds. per min.
1.5 - 1.15 a.m.           Flashes spotted at 82° - probably a 77 mm gun. Shelling in front of Millencourt 2 rds. per min.
3.40 a.m.      Very heavy hostile shelling on our front lines especially in front of Millencourt
3.55 a.m.      Shelling slackened slightly
3.45 to 4.40 a.m.    Intermittent bursts with 4.2s on Millencourt and between Millencourt & Bouzincourt. 6 4.2 guns on Hennancourt  S.B. about 80°
5.5 a.m.        6 4.2 guns on Hennancourt  S.B. about 80°
5.20 a.m.      Shelling on our front opened out again for about 5 mins.
6 a.m.           Relieved 178 SB. Visibility nil. Hostile Artillery quiet
6.25 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V24  SB 83°G. 2 rds minute ceased 6.30
8.45 a.m.      Several rounds on Trenches before Albert. 4.2 How. Area shelled 90° - 98°G.  S.B. 88° Grid.
8.45 a.m.      5.9 How. shelling Henencourt  S.B. 95°G. slow rate
8.50 a.m.      Rapid shelling of V29. by 4.2 Batt. at 92°G. S.B. also shelling M'Court from 95°G. S.B.
8.50 a.m.      All quiet except occasional rounds on various areas.
8.53 a.m.      Sharp burst of firing on our Trenches at 65° to 75°G. 4.1 gun Batt. unlocated.
10.20 a.m.    77 mm gun 82 °G. S.B. shelling trenches at about 75 - 80°G.
10.45 a.m.    4.1 Gun  SB G 80° fired 8 rds. rapid. Area shelled unknown
11.13 a.m.    4.1 gun shelling V12 from G80° S.B. 3 rds minute Ceased 11.20
11.40 a.m.    Shelling recommenced on V12 Burst of 3 minutes
1.30 p.m.      4.2 How G.76° shelling B'Court 12 rds. rapid
2.40 p.m.      4.2 How. Bty. Shelling V28b from Grid 87° (SB) Salvoes of 2 guns at irregular intervals
3.55 p.m.      Motor traffic movement observed in Bécourt
Contalmaison Road in X26d between G. 91°ˇ35' and G. 91°ˇ55' Traffic moving both ways
5.20 p.m.      (scored out 4.2 How. shelling Millencourt slow rate) 5.9 How battery registering on Millencourt church as rounds exploded between 5.15 and 5.35. Ceased at 5.35. Same bearing G105°.
7.20 p.m.      Fire observed right end of Albert Cathedral
8 oc p.m.      Traffic observed W30d. engaged two rounds
8.40 p.m.      Slight TM activity Grid 90°.
10 p.m.         Slight activity to North - area unlocated
11 p.m.         Enemy sending up a large number of red & a few green and double red lights during our concentration Grid 80°-90°
11.20 p.m.    T.M. activity Grid 80-85°
11.45 p.m.    4.2 How firing on front line area S.B. of shelling 85°. Unlocated. Rate of fire slow
11.50 p.m.    77 mm fires about 16 rds on front line ? infront of Albert.  S???? ?a??y 80°
12 midnight   H.A. quiet. TM activity ceased
1.30 a.m.       Situation quiet
3.15 a.m.       Situation quiet excepting occasional TM. rds at 75° - 80°G.
4 oc a.m.       Slight T.M. activity at 78° - 82° G.
4.30 a.m.       Several rds 77 mm gun on trenches at 82°G. unlocated
4.35 a.m.       Small calibre gas shells falling in V29 from G93° SB
4.40 a.m.       4.2 How. shelling V22/29 from 94°G  SB slow rate
4.45 a.m.       Rate of fire of above message increased to rapid
5.15 a.m.       Above shelling ceased (4.40 message)
5.30 a.m.       Visibility bad. Misty
6.0 a.m.         Short burst of shelling by 4.2 Hows. on W25. Batts not locates
6.30 a.m.       Situation quiet. Heavy mist, visibility nil
8 oc a.m.       Situation quiet. Heavy mist, visibility nil
9 oc a.m.       Situation quiet. Heavy mist, visibility nil
9.5 a.m.         Our Field Artillery very active between 70° & 90° G.
9.30 a.m.       H.A. firing heavily in our front line between G. 65° and G. 80°  S.B.'s No visibility, Heavy Mist
9.45 a.m.       Firing on Sector 65° - 80' G. practically ceased.  Enemy now shelling front line chiefly between G. 80° and 90° S.B.
9.55 a.m.      Activity now almost entirely confined to our own A.  One H.B. 4.2 Hows. S.B. 86° shelling front line about G90° Rate rapid
10.5 a.m.      Considerable M.G.A. at Grid 71°. Our F.A. firing heavily on about W15. No. H.B.'s can be located
10.35 a.m.    Several H.B's (4.2 Hows & 77mm guns) firing on our T.L. areas about W14. Grid Bearing of bursts 65° to 78°

11 a.m. 10/5/18    to    11 a.m. 11/5/18   Diary

11.15 a.m.    Sharp burst of 12 rds. 4.2 H.E. on V28c 4 rds. amt. S.B. of Bty. 98°G.
11.20 a.m.    About 30 rds. 4.2 H.E. on F.L.  S.B. 81°G.  3 rds. amt.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.     Visibility bad
1 p.m.           77mm Bty. shelling our lines in W15. G. about G. 75°  S.B. 87° Rate 4 rds. amt.
1.15 p.m.      Above shelling ceased. 4.2 How. shelling our lines before Bouzincourt. Rate 30 rds. amt. S.B. 76°G. Light slightly improved
2.25 p.m.      Two long range Guns, large calibre, firing on back area Grids of S 84° and 95° Rate one per minute
2.45 p.m.      Reference previous message area shelled is D.1.a.
4.20 p.m.      4.2 How firing occasional rounds on D10b Grid of S. 115°
5 p.m.           Light fair
6.10 p.m.      Light Bad
6.15 p.m.      4.2 How. firing occasional rounds on Millencourt. apparently registering on church. Grid of S. 115°
6.15 to 6.30 p.m.     Occasional M.G. fire at Grid 86°

7.30 p.m. to 6.30 a.m.   10th/11th  Visibility very poor/Nothing to report
6.30-9 a.m.   Very slight visibility Misty H.A. Quiet
11.40 a.m.     2.1? ??? 4.2 How batterys shelling Millencourt. Rate rapid. G.B. by sound 85 to 90° Ceased 11.45  20 rounds
12.15 p.m.     Hostile 4.2 Batty fire 12 rds. rapid on Millencourt  Ceased 12.18 Sound? bearing? 85 - 90° Grid
1.10 p.m.       4.2 Shelling front line positions. G.B. of shelling 81° Battery unlocated
4.45 p.m.       77mm activity Grid 80° - 90° Ceased 4.50
6.10 p.m.       4.2 How. batty. firing on V29d. Rate rapid. Sound bearing Grid 85° Ceased 6.18. No. of rounds 20.
6.45 p.m.       4.2 fire 5 rds in V29d as above
7.15 p.m.       77 mm fired 15 rds on V29c and d. Rate 3 per minute. Sound bearing 90° Ceased 7.20
7.45 p.m.       Hostile plane drove off our Observing plane over Millencourt
7.55 p.m.       4.2 How. shelling Lavieville 2 rounds amt. S.B. 98°G.
8.35 p.m.       Shelling slackened to
8.40 p.m.       4.2 How. commenced shelling Lavieville from G. 93° Slow rate. 1 per mit.
8.45 p.m.       77 mm gun fired about 6 rds on Millencourt Rate 3 per mit. S.B. 94°G.
9.5 p.m.         H.B. probably 77 mm. active G. 90° Sound of bursts G. 68° apparently on Front Line Rate 4 rds a min.
9.10 p.m.       Ceased
9.25 p.m.       H.B. (77mm) firing on front line area, Grid 70° Sound bearing 90° Rate 4 per minute. Ceased 9.28

4.46 a.m.       4.2 How. fired 4 rounds rapid in V28a Unlocated
5.35 a.m.       4.2 How. fired 4 rounds rapid in V28a Unlocated
7.32 a.m.       4.2 How. fired 4 rounds rapid in V28a Unlocated
9.45 a.m.       4.2 How. fired 30 rounds rapid in small bursts on Millencourt (V29d) Ceased 10 a.m. G.B. 108°
10 a.m.          4.2. How fired 36 rds. at irregular rate on V29d. Ceased 10.30  G.B. 108°
10.30 a.m.     Same battery recommenced on V27d Rate irregular. Average 1˝ rds per minute
11.32 a.m.     4 rds 4.2 MV28b  Rate 2 per minute. G.B. 86°
12.30 p.m.     4.2 How shelling V29b Rate about 1 rd per 2 minutes. Sound bearing 108° grid
1 to 1.45 p.m.     4.2 How firing on D10g or b. @ 1 round per 2 minutes. H.E. and occasional gas. Sound bearing 108°grid
2.25 p.m.       5.9 gun shelling back area (grid 26°) from 95°  Ceased 2.30 ? of rounds 6
4.28 p.m.       Sharp burst of fire from 77mm T.4.2 How. Batts. on our defence in W14. Batteries unlocated
5.55 p.m.       4.2 How battery fired 4 rds on V28b Sound bearing Grid 86°
6.15 p.m.       Train? observed Grid 87° 30 ' behind ?????
6.28 p.m.       Enemy shelling B.Court with 4.2 unlocated Balloon 59°40'  70°20'  55°20'
6.30 p.m.       Traffic observed on far crest Grid 79°
6.50 p.m.       99° 10' Balloon going up
7.6 p.m.         4.2 How firing V28b from grid 86° S.B. 2 rds per minute
7.15 p.m.       Shelling of V28b ceased. Hostile 77 mm battery firing occasional rounds of gas into W7c and d and W13 a and c
7.21 p.m.       Flash observed from two guns. G.B. 83° 42' and 83° 47'. Probably anti-aircraft
7.10 p.m.       Man observed to travel down Albert-Bapaume Road by motorcycle from NE to SW to about X19a1,4, remain there a few minutes and return by motorcycle towards Bapaume
7.45 p.m.       13 Hostile aeroplane observed patrolling front line area between Grid 55° and 65°
7.45 p.m.       About 12 objects (limbers or tanks) observed moving on forward slope of far ridge. Grid bearing 91° 45'. Probably X26d on Bécourt -
Contalmaison Road. They then turned off to W. and disappeared.
7.45 p.m.       4.2 How shelling V28b from Grid 86°
Rate irregular
8 p.m.            Transport reported in X26d now moving in opposite direction
8 p.m.            4.1. gun firing on back area from Grid 95
° (Sound Bearing), Rate 3 per minute. 8.15 still? firing on V26
8.15 p.m.       ?  ?  ?  observed behind enemy line Grid 92°50'
8.15 p.m.       4.2 How firing on V28, ceased

6.30 a.m.       Hostile Balloons up at 55°G. 59°G. 80°G. 86°G. and 109°G.
6.40 a.m.       5.0 How. shelling Lavieville at irregular intervals. Reports inaudible. Dir. roughly 100°G. 1 or 2 rds a mt. Ceased about 7.15
6.45 a.m.       4.1 gun shelling rear areas (probably V26 or V25) S.B. 90°G. Rate 1 per mit. Ceased about 7.30
6.30 a.m.       Traffic movement observed Bécourt-Contalmaison Road probably X26d
7.20 a.m.       Wagon & small party men, apparently engaged in repairing Bei??nt Road.  Weird. Engaged - dispersed
7.15 a.m.       S.B. G. 99°
8.10 a.m.       Occasional train movement in X7c and d and X13a
8.15 a.m.       Train moving through X20c toward Bécourt
8.30 a.m.       Two men seen entering a trench at W30a. 9.4
9.35 a.m.       Fire in enemy's lines G. 98° 4.2 How. shelling Lavieville in bursts of 3 or 4 rds. at 2 mit. intervals. S.B. 98°G
9.40 a.m.       4.2 How. shelling Bouzincourt and W14b 4 rds amt. Report inaudible D?? by flight of shell about 86°G.
10.25 a.m.     Another burst at Bouzincourt 4.2 H.E. Same Bty.  5.9 How. shelling Lavieville. Slow rate ??? S.B. 100°G.
10.45 a.m. to Noon     Rain, Visibility bad
11.10 a.m.     5.9 How. firing occasional rounds on D10b. S.B. 105°G.
11.45 a.m.     77 Bty shelling V21 S.B. 86°G. Also 77 Bty. shelling D3. S.B. 88°G. Irregular bursts
12.30 p.m.     Considerable movement of traffic about road junction X26d 8.6 moving NW. 2 or 3 men moving lively along Bécourt Road W30d toward Bécourt Woods
1.10 p.m.       5.9 How. shelling Lavieville 1 rd per 2 mts from direction 105°G.
2 p.m. to 8 p.m.     Quiet. Light very bad. Occasional showers
9.15 p.m.       T.M. activity at about Grid 115°
10 to 10.15 p.m.    Orange lights going up between Grid 72° and 90° 7.7 mm bty firing occasional bursts on W14d. Grid of flash 85° 77 mm bty firing occasional bursts on
12.25 a.m.      Millencourt Sound B. 122°G.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.     Misty - Occasional showers
3.50 a.m.        77mm Bty fired a burst of about 20 rds on front line about G. 108°  S.B. 110°
4.10 a.m.        L.T.M.A. G.100°
4.21 a.m.        Hasbis at G. 79° 76'  79° 35'  78° 58'
4.35 a.m.        Single & double golden rockets? G. 97° & 94° & 99°
4.40 a.m.        4.2 How. shelling, Bouzincourt Slow rate, Unlocated Occasional rounds 77 mm in Lavieville S.B. 110°
4.50 a.m.        Burst of about 20 rds. rapid on L. from 77mm gun G110° S.B.
5.30 a.m.        Traffic movement - lorries proceeding towards Bécourt Road junction. X26d 8.6  Visibility fair
5.50 a.m.        1 lorry left Albert on Bécourt Road
6 a.m.             Smoke from stationary train observed G.91°
6.10 a.m.        Train moved off toward N. - became stationary again G63°
6.35 a.m.        Traffic movement many lorries, some horse transport, on crest of distant ridge G.B. 71° 37'  Probable position E. X3c. 
Ovillers-la-Boisselle, Courcelette Road Moving towards left.
7.5 a.m.          7.7 mm bty. firing occasional rounds on Bouzincourt S.B. 85
° G.
7.46 a.m.        Train at Grid 75° going N. Also Train at 77° going S.
8.15 p.m. (a.m.)     4.2 How firing a burst of about 15 rds on V29  S.B. 79°G.
8.45 a.m.        7.7 mm fired about 8 rds. on W.25  Slow Rate  S.B. 85°G.
9 a.m.             4.2 How. shelling V28b and V29a  4rds amt.  S.B. 98°G.
9.22 a.m.        9.10 shelling ceased
9.28 a.m.        4.1 gun shelling at various intervals V27b from about 91°G. S.B.
9.45 a.m.        Shelling reports 9.10 resumed
9.58 a.m.        Occasional rds. of gas falling on V29a
10.35 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling W24a H.S. & Gas 1 per minute. About Grid 95°  Ceased 10.45
10.50 a.m.      Shelling of W24 a recommenced 4 rounds fired. Ceased 10.55
11.15 a.m.      Movement observed in X26d & X27c, apparently transport moving off, Fricourt-Contalmaison Road at X27C 20
12 oc             Hasbis (two) 91.30  91.38° G
1.45 p.m.       Balloon up at G. 59° 18'
2.37 p.m.       Balloon rising G.B. 88° 38'
3.5 p.m.         Gun (4.1 or 5.9) shelling back area in direction of Grid 270° from Grid 94° (S.B.) Rate slow
5.15 p.m.       77 mm gun firing on back area from 86° Grid. 2 per mit. Ceased 5.20
5.20 p.m.       4.2 How. shelling V21 from 88° G.B. Ceased 5.40 40 rounds
5.52 p.m.       Balloon discarded G99°
6.5 p.m.         4.2 (unlocated) on V29a  8 rounds ? 6.8
7.30 p.m.       Duties taken over by 178 S.B. (11Lt Lydford ??)  (A.M. P.M. mixed up)
10.5 a.m.       Hostile plane over V27
10.35 a.m.     Smoke of train in F4b moving North East
11.25 a.m.     Considerable movement of small parties along road in X26d 8.2
3.5 p.m.         5.9 How. shelling Bouzincourt rate one round per min. Cannot be located
3.15 p.m.       Balloon ascending at Grid 87°
4.45 p.m.       a small white flag is visible at E6b 20 95
5.5 p.m.         Occasional movement of small parties in X26d 82
6.15 p.m.      8 horses grazing at Grid 95° in F.2.b
6.25 p.m.      Canvas Camp with Red Cross flag in centre can be seen at Grid 88° 5', believed to be in X23d.
6.35 p.m.      10 horses grazing at X8c, There are several tents in the area and occasional traffic of horse drawn vehicles along road from X7d 9.4. toward X8 central. There are many tents around X8 Central.
6.45 p.m.      Road near W30c 20, is badly damaged, shell holes can be seen in it
7 p.m.          Very distinct tracks are visible leading from W30 d 30.90 toward Albert
7 p.m.          Helio working at Grid 96° 50 about F,12,a
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.     Unusually good visibility
8.40 p.m.     G90 45 Reflection in sky of explosion, probably dump, observed behind most distant ridge
9 p.m.          Large explosion apparently dump at G90° 45 very distant
9.8 p.m.       7.7 bty firing on about V20. Flashes at Grid 93° 45 and 94°, very distinct, ? Bty is close to E6a 79.  About 30 rds intense aaa Now Ceased 7-7 mm bty firing on
9.50 p.m.     Ref my 9.8 p.m. message. This battery has fired about 10 more rounds on V26 area. aaa. Hostile aircraft over Warloy
10.10 p.m.   4-1 gun shelling V26 area S.B. about 90°G about 10 rds.
2.15 a.m.     Hostile aircraft travelled over H.court in NW direction

16.5.18

10.12 a.m.   Hostile artillery quiet
12.15 p.m.   5.9 gun 92
°G  S.B.  H.E. shelling V22 4W? slow rate. Ceased 12.23
12.25 p.m.   Red cross flag flying on roof of house in Albert 93° 28'G
3.15 p.m.     T.M. Activity in front of Albert Cathedral. Ceased 3.15 p.m.
3.30 p.m.             do                     do                     do                   3.32 p.m.
3.35 p.m.     5.9 How. shelling V27b H.E. rate 1 rd per 3 min. ably 1 gun? S.B. 95°  2 guns  Ceased 5.35 p.m.
4.40 p.m.     77 mm gun, about 6 rounds W7  89°G. S.B. slow
4.55 p.m.          "       "    ad hock on our reserve V24d trenches at 77°G. S.B. of gun 89°G. 3 salvoes per min.
5.5 p.m.       5.9 How. from 92° G shelling V22 3 rds min.
5.6 p.m.       4.2 How. 86° G. 2 rounds in V22c
5.50 p.m.     Large smoke cloud observed on distant ridge 91° 10 Probably dump explosion
6.32 p.m.     5.9 How. shelling V27C with H.E.  Rate 1 rd. per min. S.B. ?? Ceased 6.40 p.m.
6.43 p.m.     Salvoes fired by ? 5.9 on V27c S.B. un????
7.5 p.m.       Party of about 60 men on Road X76d approaching towards Albert

17 - 5 - 18

7.15 p.m.     Smoke observed 2°L of Albert cathedral. Smoke enveloped cathedral & subsequently drifted into Ani?? valley forming slight smoke screen. Probably ammunition ignited by our artillery fire
7.30 p.m.     Fire observed in Albert
8.27 p.m.     Lavieville shelled by 4.2 gun  S.B. 100 6 rds.
2.40 a.m.     Back area shelled by 4.2 gun  S.B. 87  14 rds.  23 c & d shelled by 4.2 How. 6 rds.

9 to 10 a.m.     4.2 How. shelling V29d at 1 rd. per min. ? from V29d 1.3 to V29d 10.5c
10.11 a.m.    5 rds 4.2 How. from Grid. 98° (?) on V27d
11.0 to 1.0 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling area V29 d 5ˇ3 to V29 d 10.50  at about 1 rd per 10 min.
11.0 a.m.       Hostile Balloon at 63° 45'
11.3 a.m.       25 rds. 4.2 How. on Henincourt no sound bearing obtainable
11.50 a.m.     Hostile Balloon descended Grid 98°
1.5 p.m.         Area V29d still being shelled at slow rate
6.0 p.m.         Above Ceased
3.5 p.m.         5 to 8 rds. 4.2 How. on Henincourt (unlocated)
5.18 p.m.       5 mm burst from 4.2 How. on Henincourt B? 92°
5.30 p.m.       10-15 rds. 4.2 How. in front area. 95° (?) S.B.
7.15 p.m.       4.2 How. 2 Rds. Rapid on Henincourt. Flash bearing 94.20
8.10 p.m.       4/2 How. still shelling V29a at intermittently during the day
8.25 p.m.       Smoke from slight fire between Albert Cathedral
9.20 p.m.       4.2 How. H.E. & Gas V28. S.B. Grid 95° 1- Rds.
10.20 p.m.     Red Rocket Grid 85°
11.5 p.m.       Searchlights seen at 83°  90°  95°  102°
11.10 p.m.     5 Rds 4.2 How. Henincourt S.B. Grid 95°
1 - 3.30 a.m.  ? ? for occasional Rds. on M'Court Ridge. Baty. 79°G. S.B.
3.35 a.m.       Single red rocket ay 108° Grid
3.40 a.m.       T.M. activity 100° - 108°G.
3.55 a.m.       T.M. activity 100° - 108°G ceased
4.45 a.m.       Visibility nil - Misty
6.30 - 6.50 a.m.    4 rds. at irregular intervals on Millencourt from 92°G. S.B. 77 mm gun
7.50 a.m.       10 Rds. on V29C & d  98°G.  S.B. 4.2 How.
7.50 a.m.       V22c shelled from 94°G. S.B. about 12 rounds slow rate 4.2

18 - 5 - 18

11.0 a.m. till 4 p.m.     Visibility poor till 10  10.5 Visibility fair  p.m. Situation Quiet, Nothing to Report
8.35 p.m.       T.M. Activity 79
°G.
10.20 p.m.     2 Rds. rapid 4.2 on Henencourt  S.B. unascertained
10.37 p.m.     Ling? Sing? Red Rockets observed going up along front from 63° Grid to 94° accompanied by lively T.M. activity, quietened down at 10.47 p.m.
11.38 p.m.     Flashes spotted at 7s° 10'

2.17 a.m.       White light bursting into two green lights observed at 105° Grid
2.30 a.m.       Large fire broke out at 99° died out at 3.10 p.m.

5.0 a.m.         Hostile baloon observed up at 66° 30' Grid

19 - 5 - 18

9.45 a.m.       Two gun salvoes fired in V29c  S.B. by 4.2 How.  S.B. unobtainable
10.47 a.m.     Field gun bombardment of our line between 57G - 79
°G.  Ceased 10.55
10.55 a.m.     Small Dump exploded at 67° Grid in our line
11.5 a.m.       Large cloud of smoke at 67° Grid probably dump still burning
11.45 a.m.     Visibility bad. Dump at 67° Grid still burning
12.45 p.m.    10 Rds. D5  4.2 How. Rapid ?
12.45-5.30 p.m.    Hostile Artillery quiet visibility fair
5.40 p.m.      Two tanks coming from Bécourt Road X20d down towards our lines
5.50 p.m.      Two more tanks followed those reported at 5.40 p.m.  all apparently stopped at X26a  Men also seen on road at X26d
8.15 p.m.      Slight Hostile T.M. activity (about four bursts) between 91° & 95° Grid
9.10 p.m.      Dump burning at 90° Grid probably in enemy lines. Went out 9.35 p.m.
9.25 p.m.      T.M. activity between 90° & 112° Grid.  Ceased 9.30 p.m.
10.25 p.m.    Heavy T.M. bombardment of our trenches between 58° & 90° Grid.  Ceased 11.10 p.m.
11 p.m.         Bombardment heard to the south on our extreme right. Ceased 12.15 a.m.
12.30 a.m.    Searchlight visible at 81° Grid
1.30 a.m.      White streamer rockets at 65° fired from German lines
1.42 a.m.      Searchlight at 82° G.
1.50 a.m.      Searchlight at 82° & 84°
1.50 a.m.      Flashes probably 'Archie'? at 81.20
1.50 a.m.      Large & brilliant white light in sky at 82° probably attached to parachute  faded at 2 oc.
2.10 a.m.      Heavy T.M.s occasionally active against our lines 98°-100° Grid. (continued at regular intervals until 3.30)
2.20 a.m.      Searchlight 96°  105°  111° Grid
4.15 a.m.      Golden rain socket 71°  85° G. also Red Rockets 79°  90°
4.15 a.m.      T.M. Activity  71°-78°  Ceased 4.40
4.30 a.m.      Hostile Baloon  64ˇ55° G.
4.50 a.m.      Heavy T.M. Activity 60° - 90° Grid ceased 4.57 a.m.
5.30 a.m.      Visibility failing. Hostile Artillery quiet
7.15 a.m.      4 rds. 77mm H/V gun pos. 95°G.
7.25 - 7.35 a.m.   4.2 How. shelling M'Court 101° G  3 rds. minute
8 oc. a.m.     Visibility improving
9.20 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V29d 2 min.  101°G. S.B.
9.25 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V27a 1 rd. unloc.  Ceased 9.35 a.m.
10.35 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling V27b  94°G.  3 per min. Reported a H.A. Report 19/20/5/1918.  Shelling ceased 11.30
12.10 p.m.     77 mm shelling  Rapid rate V18  89° Grid S.B. ????
12.15 p.m.     4.2 H.V. Gun shelling V21d & V27b  94° Grid S.B. slow rate
12.23 p.m.     77 mm gun shelled V29 1 rd unloc.
2.10 p.m.       Large cloud of smoke ascending at 88° Grid in Enemy lines, probably dump burning
2.20 p.m.       6 rds. on V29  77mm gun  92° 9 S.B. rapid
2.55 p.m.       4.2 How. shelling near trench at V24  rate 1 rd. per min. A.B. ??? Ceased 3.5
7.15-20  p.m.     4.2 How. shelling V18  12 rds slow  3 minutes unloc.
7.20 p.m.       4.2 How. shelling D.10c slow  20 rds  101°G. S.B. rapid
8.15 p.m.       4.2 How. shelling D.106 slow. unloc. still in progress at 8.35

9 p.m.            Shelling of Lavieville stopped
9.10 p.m.       Shelling of V23d with 4.2 HE How. rapid burst of 10 rds. Direction not ascertained
1.40 a.m.       Rapid burst of 20  77 mm gun in direction of Lavieville  S.B. 95°
6.10 a.m.       4.2 gun on V3  1 rd per 2 min. Direction?
6.20 a.m.                               5 rds.
6.05? a.m.      V29d  4.2 How. 1 per min.  not located  5 rds  ceased 6.40
9.10 a.m.       4.2 How. shelling Mellincourt  4 rds.  ceased 9.20
9.30 a.m.       4.1 Gun shelling V18D  By unlocated
9.35 a.m.       4.2 How. shelling V26 at slow rate 5 rds.
10.15-10.40 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling V26  slow rate  10 rds.
10.50 a.m.     4.1 Gun rapid 8 rds. a ? V22d  90° Grid  S.B.
11.25 a.m.     4.2 How. Batty. shelling V29a & V29c  rapid rate  96° G.  S.B. changed at 11.55 to slow rate
12.21-2.24 p.m.    4.2 Gun V22d  91° G  S.B.  intense 20 rds.
2-4 p.m.        4-2 How. Batty reported at 11.35 shelling at slow & irregular rate V29c
4.5 p.m.        1 Rd. on. V28b  4.2 How. unloc. H.E.
4.5 p.m.        4.2 How. report 11.25 ? 1 rd. in 10 minutes
5.45-6.0 p.m.   4.2 How. slow rate on Henincourt from Grid 98 (S.B.)
7.15 p.m.      4.2 on Henincourt V27b 4 rds. 90° G  S.B.
7.25 p.m.      4.2 How. 90° G.  S.B.  25 rds on V26d  Rapid  7.30 ceased
7.35 p.m.      4.2 How. 90° G.  S.B.  V27a  1 rd 2 mins.  4 rds.
8 oc. p.m.     V22d. 4.2 How. unlocated rapid
9.0 p.m.        5 Rd. 4.2 How. from Grid 80 on V21d
9.20 p.m.      5 Rd 4.2      do             do  89       do
9.35 p.m.      10 Rds.  4.2      do        do  99 on V28d
10.25 p.m.    Sneezing Gas noticed. Origin unknown
12 a.m.         Fire started in Albert  Grid. 96°
1.45 a.m.      Searchlight 67°  54°
1.15 a.m.      Reflection of fire at 98°  ceased 2.15 a.m.
1.55 a.m.      Burst of Heavy T.M.s in our lines at 75° G.
2.0 a.m.        Artillery active on our distant right
5.15 a.m.      Gas shells small calibre falling on our lines  75°G.  W14. 2.30 Flashes of small calibre gas shells Bty. 82 & 82° 15 Grid
?.20 a.m.      Golden rain rocket at 104° G.
?.35 a.m.      Explosion at enemy dump at 102°G.
?.25 a.m.      Glare of dump explosion  85° G. for ? by several sudden glares apparently further explosions.
?.30 a.m.      Repeated flashes at 85° 10' G. target & calibre unknown
?.18 a.m.      1 Rd. on V28b 4.2 How. not located
?.45 a.m.      Hostile Balon  85° G.
6 oc a.m.      Visibility failing
6.28 a.m.      4.2 Gun 1 rd. per 2 mins in direction of Contay?  104°G  S.B.  at 7.5 not changed 1 rd. per min.  ceased at 7.8
?.30 a.m.      4.2 Gun shelling  Po??? O.P. (damn near at any rate) at 94° G S.B. 3 rds. rapid
?.30 p.m.      4.2 Gun  104° 9  S.B. in direction Contay? 1 rd. in 6 mins.  1 per min. at 7.48

Tuesday May 22nd

5.15 p.m.      4.2 Gun shelling Henincourt 5 rounds rapid  92°  S.B.
5.35 p.m.                  do                     do                     do
2.0 p.m.        10 Rounds in V21d  4.2 How. from 92°
7.45 a.m.      4.2 Gun shelling Henincourt 2 rds, rapid
9 p.m.           Flash spotted at 73° 20'
9.15 p.m.      Flash spotted at 82°
9.17 p.m.      Flash spotted at 83°
9.20 to 9.30 p.m.     Shrapnel about V?4c
9.45 p.m.      8 rds. 4.2 gun on Henincourt Woof or Henincourt Worlay? Road
11.0 p.m.      2 rds. Henincourt
10.30 p.m.     Aeroplanes
9.50-10.30 p.m.    Lavieville & Millencourt shelled with 4.2s about 50 rds. ? in occasional bursts
2.30 a.m.      Bombs dropped near Henincourt
1.30 a.m.      Bombs dropped on Henincourt
3.30 a.m.      Gun firing at 98° (flash)
3.30 a.m.      much artillery activity on right/night corps?
6.0 a.m.        Morning rather misty
6.15-7.45 a.m.   77 mm gun. not loc. V29c  12 rds.  irregular rate  25 rds
7.50 a.m.      2 rds.  92°G.  S.B. V30c  rapid
????             4.7 How. shelling V24d, slow, 5 rds. not loc.
8.00 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling direction of Lavieville 97° S.B. 1 pr. minute
8.50 a.m.      3 Hostile Planes flew over H'Court
9.35 a.m.      3 rds. G4.2 How. on V29a 6ˇ3  ?.B. unobtainable. Rapid rate
1.5 p.m.        Hostile artillery quiet all morning (heavy rain just falling over Albert, visibility nil.
1.20 p.m.      Yellow Smoke rising at Grid 91°ˇ32' from behind ridge at X26d, probably dump.
1.55 p.m.      Visibility fair
2.10 p.m.      2 rds. 4.2 How. on V29a 6ˇ3.  S.B. unobtainable. Rapid rate.
2.35 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Millencourt.  S.B. 89°Grid Rapid rate. About 40 rds. Ceased 2.55 p.m.
5.25 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Millencourt. Rapid rate.  S.B. unobtainable
5.30 p.m.      3 rds. 4.2 How. on road in V23c. Slow rate.  S.B. unobtainable. Ceased 5.50
6.5 p.m.        6 horses grazing at X2a or b.
9.49 p.m.      4.2 Gun shelling back areas.  S.B. 98° Grid. Rate 1 rd per min. Ceased firing 10 p.m.
10 p.m. - 1 a.m.    Hostile Artillery quiet
3.5 a.m.        Glare of fire at 99°G. Died down 3.20.
7.20 a.m.      Party of 5 or 6 men on Road in X26d.

24 - 5 - 18

9 a.m.           Visibility nil, all quiet
12 noon        Visibility nil, all quiet

3 p.m.          
Visibility nil, all quiet
6 p.m.           Visibility nil, all quiet
6.25 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling M.Court 5 rounds. shelling stopped 6.29 p.m.
11.4 p.m.      Rocket bursting with single or double red lights went up between 68
° ?? 5°
11.15 p.m.    Artillery very active between 68° ?? 5° (probably over ours)
11.20 p.m.    Rockets bursting into single green lights, went up at 73°
12.15 a.m.    Rockets bursting into double red lights, went up 70° ?? 5°
7.45-7.50 a.m.    77 mm gun 74° G S.B. at Rapid rate 10 rds. on W15

25/5/18

1 oc-1.25 p.m.    T.M. Activity about 70° 79° G.
5.5 p.m.        Slight T.M. activity between Grids 60° & 75°
7.40 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V13. 3 rds. rapid no locate
8.10 p.m.      Train observed 102° 42' G. proceeding S to N
8.15 p.m.      Flash A.A. 102° 5' Grid
10.15 p.m.    T.M. activity at intervals along the line between 65° to 105° G.
10.15 p.m.    Rocket observed bursting in two red lights at 65° G.
10.45 p.m.    Rockets bursting into two red lights 74° - 82° G.
10.45 p.m.    Rockets bursting into two green lights 74° - 82° G.
12 midnight    T.M. activity reported at 10.15 p.m. still continuing
1 oc a.m.      Hostile plane dropped 7 bombs on Warloy
2 oc a.m.      TM's as at 10.15 still Active
3.15 a.m.      77 mm Gun by flash 93° shelling Millencourt chiefly gas, slow rate. Two 4.2 How. Bty. shelling about V29. Grid by sound 78° & 74° Rapid rate

3.30 a.m.
      Shelling of Millencourt also V29 ceased
3.37 a.m.      Shelling of Millencourt and V29 Recommenced Intense
3.45 a.m.      Shelling ceased

26/5/18

3.50 a.m.      Shelling recommenced. intense.
4.5 a.m.        Shelling Ceased
4.25 a.m.      Hostile Btys & T.M.s heavily shelling our line between grids 75
° & 80°
4.30 a.m.      Shelling ceased
5 a.m.           Visibility very bad. misty
6 a.m.           Visibility very bad, misty
8.40 a.m.      15cm Gun shelling back areas. Sound bearing 95° Grid, Slow rate
9.22 a.m.      15cm Gun again active, two rounds
9.53 a.m.      15cm Gun again active, 1 round

26 - 5 - 18

11.15 a.m.    Occasional TM activity along line between grids 70° to 80°
4.15-6.0 p.m.      T.M. activity at 60° - 65°
7.15 p.m.      Several rds. on Millencourt 4.2 How. intermittent
7.30 p.m.      4.2 How. 20 rds. about 2 per min. V30d. 83°
9.30 p.m. - 6 a.m.    178 S.B.
6 oc a.m.      Visibility nil, Situation quiet

27/5/18

9.20 a.m.      T.M. 65° - 75°
9.30 a.m.
10.57 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling M.Court 1 rd. per min. 92° G. S.B.
11.20 a.m.    Shelling stopped
11.55 a.m.    4 rds. 4.2 How. on V29d. rapid not located
12 oc            6 rds. on V30c 4.2 How. rapid not located
12.2 p.m.      2 rds. on W24d. 4.2 How. rapid not located
12.45 p.m.    Party of 6 men on Road X26d
1.00 p.m.      4.2 How. on M.'Court 2 rds min. not loc.
3.58-4.05 p.m.    77 mm gun shelling V23 V29 with gas D?.B. 95°G intense rate
4.30-5.10 p.m.        do                   do                    do      L or S.B. 94°
4.30 p.m.      T.M. Activity 60°-65°
4.30-4.45 p.m.    Bombard of trenches 60°-75° Probably our own guns
4.40-5.30 p.m.    H.V. Gun at about 92° Calibre doubtful, area shelled direction Baissieux (Baisieux) 1 rd 5 mins 10 rds
7.20-7.25 p.m.    Small fire in enemy trenches at 77° following burst of H.E. shell. probably in W16
9.50 p.m.      Flash of Hostile Gun. Calibre unknown, at 76°ˇ25' shelling lines approx 60°
9.55 p.m.      Streaming lights from lines at 57°
11.5 p.m.      Glare of fire 96° G.
11.15 p.m.    Golden Rain Rocket 73°
11.23 p.m.    Searchlight 80° & 87°
11.30 p.m.    Searchlight 96°
12.10 a.m.    Active dump fires at 104°
12.50 a.m.    H.V. Gun shelling back areas 96ˇ25 Flash Reflection Calibre doubtful, about 12 rounds
2.57 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling M'Court 92° Grid. Flash Bearing 4 Rounds 1 per min.
4.55 a.m.      Hostile Balloon G.B. 100° 25.
6.28 a.m.      Hostile Balloon S. or G.B. 67° and 63° Grid
10.30 a.m.    Visibility Good
10.30 a.m.    H.A. Quiet

28th May 1918

10.45 a.m.    Small motor car on road in X26d receding
11.15 a.m.    Wagon & men seen on road in X26d proceeding towards Albert
11.20 a.m.    H.V. Gun 96
° irregular in direction Baizieux (Calibre not ascertained) 12 rds at 11.35
1.20 p.m.      5.9 H.V. Gun shelling V27 & V26 92° G.  S.B. 1 rd p minute
1.40 p.m.      Shelling ceased
1.50 p.m.      4.2 How shelling V29 (Sunken Road) Slow rate 92° S.B.
1.55 p.m.      7.7 mm Gun shelling V29 with gas  S.B. 95° 1 rd per 4 minutes
2.15 p.m.      Shelling ceased
2.32 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V29 (Sunken Road)  S.B. 92° 1 rd per 2 min.
2.38 p.m.      Shelling ceased
2.45 p.m.      Party of 4 men seen on top of Bécourt Road, going towards wood
2.46 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V29 (Slow rate) S.B. 92° (same rate)
2.?? p.m.      Ceased shelling
3.15 p.m.      Hostile Balloon 9B 82° 25 to 83° 30'
3.54 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V29  S.B. 92° 4 rds Rapid (Sunken Road)
9.20 p.m.      8 rds rapid 4.2 How. on Millencourt
9.40 p.m.      4.2 Gun shelling Henincourt 5 rds  S.B. 100°
9.50 p.m.      4.2 Gun shelling Henincourt 3 rds  S.B. 100°
10.50 p.m.    8  4.2 How. Millencourt
11.50 p.m.    Henincourt bombed
12.10 a.m.    5 rds. 4.2 W.S. 5.0 Gun a Henincourt  S.B. 100°
12.20 a.m.    Flash spotted at 81°
3.30 a.m.      Millencourt shelled  12 rds  4.2  rapid
4.50 a.m.      Millencourt & Henincourt shelled  8
4.55 a.m.              "                       "                "

1.58 p.m.      Motor car on Bécourt Road, travelling too fast to be engaged.
2.13 p.m.      5.9 Shrapnel on °28 one round per five minutes, unlocated, ceased 3.45 p.m.
4 to 5 p.m.    5.9 How. shelling approx V20  one round per minute, unlocated
4.25 p.m.      Slight movement observed in F17a
5.53 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V29, Six rounds, Rapid unlocated
7.7 p.m.        Hostile Balloon at 100° 76@ & 88° 5?
7.15 p.m.      Lorry, Motor Car on Road X26d  80bo engaged by H5 2 rds.
8.50 p.m.      Baloon descended at 80° Grid.
9.25 p.m.      Slight TM Activity 90° - 95° G.
11 oc p.m.    TMs active at 92°-98° Grid
11.20 p.m.    Searchlight (enemy) 71° G
11.46 p.m.    Golden rain rocket 97° G.
11.50 p.m.    TMs previously reported continuing at short & irregular intervals
2.30 a.m.      TMs activity at 100°Grid
2.45 a.m.      TMs activity at 90° to 95° G.
3.0 a.m.        Situation quiet
5.30 a.m.      Visibility nil, heavy mist

30/5/18

11.38 a.m. to 11.55    4.2 How. shelling V27b, Sound Bearing 92° slow rate at first increasing to bursts of gunfire
12 noon         Baloon 80°
11.31. a.m.    One of our planes (Armstrong-Whitworth) apparently hit by one of our own shells - parts falling in Millencourt and about V17 or V23.
1.20 p.m.      5.9 Shrapnel on V22, one round per five mins, unlocated - ceased at 1.40 p.m.
1.58 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling V29b, one round per 5 mins, sound bearing 99°  ceased at 12.45 p.m.
3.45 p.m.      Slight movement observed about F17a
4.10 p.m.      About 10 Rds Rapid  4.2 How. Sound Bearing 93° on about W14
4.15 p.m.      Balloon at 80° Grid. descended
5.10 p.m.      3 rds  5.9 How. on V27a. 89°G. rapid
5.40 p.m.      3 rds. 5.9 How. on V27  89 G. rapid
6 oc p.m.      Red cross Flag at 102° 5'  possibly F16b
6.25 p.m.      Traffic on X26a 75ˇ60  engaged 2 rds  449 S.B.
8.50 p.m.      Hostile Baloon at 70°
9.5 p.m.        4.2 How. Batt. shelling W13 intense rate. 50°-55°

10.5 p.m.      fire observed at 78°
11.5 p.m.      Enemy searchlight observed at 83°
2.0 a.m.        Small hostile artillery concentration our area arrived Henincourt
2 a.m.           Mixed H.E. & gas, sound bearing 90° 70° to 90°
4 & 5 a.m.           white lights burst into two red observed going up between 60° & 80°
4.5 a.m.        4.2 How. shelling V29  1 rd per two minutes
4.31 a.m.      1? rds. H. Bearing 92°
7.45 a.m.      Hostile Baloon 101° 10'
7.45-8.15 a.m.    Rounds at irregular intervals on V29  rapid  not loc.  4.2 How
8.20 a.m.      TMs at 71°
8.30 a.m.      5.9 Shrap. shelling D5 irregular rate  S.B. 112-117 approx.
9.15-945 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V29, slow rate from 96°  26 rds
11 a.m.         All Quiet, no sign of movement whatever, Visibility Fair
2.30 p.m.      All quiet, no sign of movement whatever, Visibility good
6.15 p.m.      2 rds. 4.2 How. on V29  not loc.  rapid
7.8-7.20 p.m.    4.2 on V22 Road - 92°  S.B. 2 per min.
7.12 p.m.      H.V. Gun 95° 3 rounds 1 per 2 min. falling approx V26
8.50 p.m.      TM Activity 60°-72°
9.25 p.m.      9 mm burst of H.E. & gas on W24 & Bécourt, several batteries approx 75°-82° Grid S.B.
9.35 p.m.      repeat of above
9.50 p.m.      Several rounds 4.2 H. Gas & H.E. on V30. rapid
see below (<no idea what that means)
12.10 a.m.    Enemy Searchlight observed at 69° 84° and 98° Grid
12.55 a.m.    Large Fire probably ammn. dump behind enemy lines about 58° Grid
1.4 a.m.        H.V. Gun shelling Back Areas  S.B. 96° Grid 4 rounds
1.10 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V30  S.B. unobtainable, 1 rd per min, 6 rds.
2 a.m.           Red Rockets bursting into two stars at about 75° Grid

2.20 a.m.      4.2 How. Shelling Millencourt  9 rds. 1 rd per min. 92
°  S.B.
3 a.m.           4.2 How. shelling Millencourt  1 rd per min.  9 rds.
3.25 a.m.      Field Arrt. opens on enemy's lines on our Left
3.25 a.m.      Two fires in enemy lines on our left
6.45 a.m.      4.2 How. Shelling Henincourt area  S.B. 78° Grid.  1 Rd. per 6 min.
7.10 a.m.      4.2 How. Shelling Millencourt  1 Rd. per 4 min.  92°  S.B.
8 a.m.           Ceased Shelling
9.10-9.45 a.m.    4.2 How. V28  2 rds. rapid, not loc.
9-9.40 a.m.   4.2 How. shelling H'Court area, slow, irregular rate, not loc.

10.10 p.m.    4.2 How. shelling, V30, 10 rds.  90
°G. S.B.
10.15 p.m.    Another burst as at 9.25 p.m.
10.45 p.m.    Hostile Plane flew over H'Court
10.50 p.m.    TM at 90°
11.20 p.m.    Shining Searchlight 80°  85°  96°

JUNE 1st June 1918

10.50 to 11 oc a.m.    4.2 How. V28. 3 per min. 30 rds. not loc.
11 oc a.m.    Baloons 66ˇ30  89
°  105°
11.15-11.25 a.m.    8 rds. rapid V28  not located  4.2 How.
12 noon        5.9 How.  86°  S.B. on Henincourt  rapid rate
2.15 p.m.      4.1 Gun 92°G.  S.B. on V29  3 per 2 mins.  6 rds.
5.25 p.m.      77 mm battery on V29  S.B. 91°  10 rounds
5.30 p.m.      4.1 Gun battery firing on Henincourt. Salvos of 3 guns  S.B.  94°  Ceased 5.35  9 rounds fired
6.10 p.m.      4 Rd  4.2 How.  94° on H'Court  rapid

2nd June 1918

11.15 p.m.    Hostile plane flew over H'Court
3.15 a.m.      Traces of gas in atmosphere
3.20 a.m.      4.2 Shelling at rear of H'Court Wood - gas & H.E.
3.25 a.m.      Trench? Mortar activity
3.30 a.m.      4.2 shelling Millencourt - Henincourt Road & gas & H.E.
                    The above shelling was continued intermittently until 4.45 a.m.
5.10-5.25 a.m.      4.2 shelling Millencourt, rapid rate, 60 rds.
5.35 a.m.      TM's active front of Albert
7 oc-7.45 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling V29. 94
°  S.B. intermittent
9.25 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling D10  94°  S.B. 2 per min.  6 rds.

9.20 a.m.
1.30 p.m.      4.2 How. on D10  3 rounds fired, unlocated
7.20 p.m.      HE Shrap. on lines  65
°-72° Grid
10.10 p.m.    Fire burning between enemy lines about 116°G.
10.30 p.m.    Searchlight  69° & 84°
11.10 p.m.    Double Red Rocket & single red rocket  73°  195°  178°  (might be 95° & 78°)
11.30 p.m.    V24  shelled by 4.2 Hows. & 7.7 mm Gun  H.E. intense
11.45 p.m.                                     Battys loc. between 80° - 87° G

1.10 a.m.      Gun shoot on trenches Right front of Millencourt H.E. & Gas, Hostile batteries approximately  98
° 110° G. S.B.
3.40 a.m.      How. gun firing on V26 from G 75° (S.B.) 2 rds. per minute.

3.6.18

10.35 a.m.    5.9 How. firing occasional rounds on Millencourt  S.B.  98° Grid
10 a.m. to 12    Light very bad
11.30 a.m.    Our H.A., bombarding Albert
11.45 a.m.    Visited 55 Bde. H.Q. Nothing to report.
1.20 p.m.      TM activity at S.B.  77° Grid
1.55 p.m.      7.7 mm bty. firing at slow rate on Millencourt, H.E., and Shrapnel used S.B. 95° G.
2 p.m.           H.V. Gun firing at slow rate on back area  S.B. 102°G.  Probably 5.9 Gun
2-6 p.m.        7.7 mm bty. firing at intense rate on our FL area between Grid 63° & 71°  S.B.  of batteries about 80° Grid
2.9 p.m.        Shelling of F.L. now ceased.
2.25 p.m.      Considerable TM activity between Grid 68° and Grid 74°
5-5.30 p.m.   7.7 mm gun shelling V24  4 per min.  HE from 81°  S.B.
6.53 p.m.      Two hostile planes coloured red flying over Henincourt
7.20 p.m.      Train seen moving North F2b - at 95° G.
7.45 p.m.      Train at 88°  Very distant moving Northwards
8 p.m.           Hostile plane flying over back area
8.15 p.m.      4.2 How. firing on back area at slow rate  S.B.  90° Grid
9.20 to 9.25 p.m.    77 mm batts firing HE Shrap. on our front line are between 62° & 88° G btys firing from between 75° and 85°, Grid by Sound
9.30 p.m.      Single white rockets going up in F1b Grid 93°

3 - 6 - 18

9.35 p.m.      178 Bty. took over for night duty
9.40-9.50 p.m.      Slight TM activity north of Bouzincourt & 77 mm active on Millencourt & support lines N. of it
1 a.m.           small dump N. of Albert blown up
1.20 a.m.      4 rds. 4.2 ? ? from How.  80
°  G.B. on V28a
2.25 a.m.      Slight hostile TM activity N. of Arduy? to N. B???d
2.35 a.m.      Slight bombardment opened with field artillery, same sector
3.50-3.55 a.m.    Bombardment N. of Bouzincourt again increased
4 a.m.           Hostile activity W. of Bouzincourt ceases
5 a.m.           All quite normal & quiet
6 a.m.           Handed over to 68 S.Bty.   signed - ?? Linden 2Lt. 178 S.Bty.

4 - 6 - 18   Tuesday

6 a.m.           Received from 178 S.Bty.
6.45 a.m.      Slight TM activity 72
° - 80°
7.20-7.23 a.m.      77 mm batt. Shelling our front line at 68° from 77V G.  S.B. intense rate

7.30-7.35 a.m.      77 mm Gun shelling trenches before Albert.  89
° G.  S.B. rapid rate at 25 rds.
9.15-9.23 a.m.      Large smoke cloud, probably from a fire following burst of one of our shells.  90
° G in X27a
10.50-10.55 a.m.     Heavy machine gun fire between Grid 65° and 70° (machine gun fire ceased)
12.45 p.m.    Hostile balloon at Grid 69° distant
1,25 p.m.      4.2 How. firing occasional rounds on V28a  S.B. 92° G.
3.50 p.m.      5.0 Gun firing occasional rounds on V29c and d.  S.B. 98° G.
4.40 p.m.      Flashes of hostile AA battery at 93° 35' Grid. About F2b
5.55 p.m.      77 mm on front line area 62° to 70°  S.B. of hostile batteries between 75° & 85°

6.23-6.25 p.m.     7.7 mm bty. shelling W13b at intense rate  S.B. 84
° G.
7.45-7.50 p.m.     Crash of Heavy Artillery on right of Albert
8.40-8.46 p.m.     4.2 How. shelling V24  2 min.  86° G.  S.B.
8.46 p.m.      77 mm gun shelling V24 rapid. 89° G.  S.B.  10 rds.

9.40 p.m.      Light bursting into single Red Rocket  99
° Grid
10.8 p.m.      Fire on Enemy lines, probably dump at 66° 30' Grid. Still burning at 10.35
10.15 p.m.    77 mm gun shelling front line area before M'Court  93° G. S.B.
10.15 p.m.    Slight T.M. Activity between 82° & 87°
10.50 p.m.    Hostile plane travelling N.W. over Henincourt
11 p.m.         Single Green Rocket  103° G.
11.2 p.m.      Stationary parachute light at 86° Grid. & at 68° G.
11.4 p.m.      Search Light at 93° 50' Grid
11.20 p.m.    Golden rain light at 101° Grid
11.25 p.m.    Stationary parachute light 71° Grid
11.35 p.m.    Searchlights (81°ˇ15')  (83°ˇ20')  91°  95°ˇ30' Grid

11.40 p.m.    Parachute Light 98
°ˇ30'
11.40 p.m.    Fire in enemy lines  71° G. probably amm. dump
11.40 p.m.    H.A. dropping bombs Henincourt Area
12.45-12.50 a.m.    Heavy shelling of our front line area between 78° & 85° Grid  Hostile Battery firing from approx. 86°-88° Grid
10 p.m. - 2 a.m.    Our artillery (RGA & RFA) firing intermittently & crashes on Albert area.  At 11.30 one of our planes dropped bombs on Albert during one of these above mentioned artillery crashes.
2.30-3.30 a.m.      Hostile Artillery, very active from about 120° G Southwards
2.56 a.m.      Flash of H.B.  Grid 66°  shelling Bouzincourt
3 a.m.           Flashes of Hostile 7.7 mm bty.  91° Grid firing at intense rate of our FL area between 65° and 70° Grid
3-7 a.m.       Double Red Rockets going up between Grid 66° and 71°  5.9 Gun shelling back area  S.B.  91° Grid
3.40 a.m.      H.V. gun large calibre firing occasional rounds on back area Grid of flash 94°ˇ45'
3.53-3.57 a.m.      7.7 mm batteries firing at intense rate on our FL area between 65° & 70° G.  S.B. about 80° G.
4.20 a.m.      Hostile Plane over Henincourt
7.28 a.m.      4.1 Gun shelling V29 a & b  rapid rate about 30 rds.  S.B. 82° Grid

8.55-9.15 a.m.      5.9 How. shelling V28a  1 in 4 mins. 89
° G.  S.B. Shrapnel  5 rds.
9.30 a.m.      Occasional Rounds 4.2 How.  92
° G.  S.B. on V28a
9.10 a.m.      5.9 How. D5a

5 - 6 - 18

10.55 a.m.    4.2 How. firing occasional rounds on D5a  S.B. 92° Grid.  Ceased 11.5 a.m.  15 rounds
11.15 a.m.    Continued.  Ceased at 11.25 a.m.  10 rounds

11.30 a.m.    Shelling of D5a pursuant. Rate irregular. Ceased 11.35.  5 rounds
7.55 p.m.      A.A. Flash 93
°ˇ35'

2.15 a.m.      7.7 mm gun shelling D5 - rapid burst of 15 rounds  S.B. 90°
2.25 a.m.      7.7 mm gun shelling D5 - rapid burst of 8 rounds  S.B. 90°
3.55 a.m.      About 20 bursts in direction of Bouzincourt, probably T.M.'s
4 a.m.           10rds. 4.2's How in V24, direction not ascertained
5.10 a.m.      2 rds. 4.2 How. in V23, direction not ascertained
                     signed J. K. Jamieson 128 Siege Battery

7.48 a.m.      5.9 How. Batt. V29c 4 min.  93° G.  S.B. rate subsided into intermittent shelling at 8.5, still in progress at 9 oc. - Ceased 9.15 a.m.
9.20-9.35 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling V29 & V28, not loc.  intermittent rate

6th June 1918

2.55-3.25 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V29c. rapid & varying intervals, ceasing at 3.25  About 40 rds. not located
4.40 p.m.      Fire in Albert Grid 93
°
5.35 p.m.      8 H.V. G. shelling V9b. from 92° G. S.B. 4.2 G.
6.15 p.m.      Baloon  79°ˇ40'
?-25 p.m.      4.2 How. V28a.  4 rounds.  unlocated.  HVG Ceased
?.5 p.m.        4.2 How. V29c.  92° G.  S.B. 10 rds.
??? p.m.        Fire in Albert  Grid 93° following Heavies Bomb
?.30 p.m.      Fire spreading to Cathedral. Flames seen in Tower
11 p.m.         Searchlights 80°  87°  90°
11.5 p.m.      Crash of Heavies & Field Artillery on Albert
2.15 a.m.      Three glares seen at 78° G. after a burst, probably a small dump
2.30 a.m.                 nil
5.36 a.m.      Visibility poor. Situation quiet
9 a.m.           7.7 mm gun shelling D5 five rds rapid, By unlocated
9.35 a.m.      TM's at 73° - 78°
9.32 a.m.      3 rds  4.2 H.  V26  not loc.  rapid
9.40 a.m.      V24. 4.2 H.  slow 6 rds.  88°
10 a.m.         Very quiet, Misty
10.50 a.m.    Large column of black smoke at Grid 74°ˇ10'. about X4
11.12 a.m.    Flashes of hostile A.A. battery 94°ˇ10' Grid Distant
11.15 a.m.    H.V. gun firing on back area  S.B.  99° Grid. Slow rate
11.55 a.m.    Hostile plane over Henincourt
12.5 p.m.      Considerable TM activity between 70° and 76° Grid. 5.9 How. firing occasional rounds on Senlis. Grid of Sound 87°

12.40 p.m.    Large smoke cloud in W29b. possibly from burst of our own shells
12.30 p.m.    5.9 How. shelling V21d. 92
° G.  S.B. 1 rd. 5 mins.
12.55 p.m.    Flashes of hostile AA battery at Grid 94°ˇ25'  Position about F2b.  House burning in W27d. 80.70.
1.25 p.m.      AA battery again active. flashes at 94°ˇ10' to 94°ˇ25'

1.35 p.m.      Small fire at X13c  90.80 approx. it has been burning for about an hour
2.55 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling direction of Senlis 92
° G.  S.B. 3 rds minute
3.30 p.m.      4.2 How. firing on about V21d. Rate 1 round per min.  S.B. 84° Grid

5.28 p.m.      Explosion probably ammunition dump in X1b
6.25 p.m.      EB.12 firing on V29c.  3 rds min.  ceased 6.28
7.5 p.m.        H.V. Gun firing shells, probably falling in V9 area. 1 rd per minute.  S.B. of H.V. Gun 94
° G.
9.50 p.m.      Double Green Rockets at Grid 60° TM activity between Grid 60° and 70°. Red Rockets bursting into 3 G.B. 70°-65°

10.35 p.m.    TM Activity ceased
2.30 a.m.      TM Activity  G.B. 70
°
8.30 a.m.      4.2 How. 4 rds. 1 in 3 mins. V29. not loc.

all day          Very quiet. Visibility bad
9.55 p.m.      7.7 mm shelling V24 from 82° G.  S.B.  rapid rate
10.10 p.m.    Single Red Rocket 50°-65° G. Red, Green, & White
10.12 p.m.    Flashes seen at Grid 63, 65 & 68°  Grid. Firing on Arilay? Sector (Artillery maybe)
10.16 p.m.    Double red rockets at 82° G.

10.52 p.m.    77 mm Guns shelling our front line area between 87 & 90
° Grid.  S.B. of hostile battery between 88 & 90°  Ceased 11.15
12 mid.         77 mm shelling, left past Millencourt for 105°  S.B. rapid
12.45 a.m.    Fire seen at 90° Grid probably dump
1 a.m.           Shelling by 77 mm on right of Millencourt still proceeding, several gas shells included
3.40 a.m.      Double Red Rockets between 60° & 85°  Enemy shelling FL in the area
3.45 a.m.      Enemy fire diminishing
3.55 a.m.      4.2 H. shelling Bouzincourt, flash at 87° rate 1 per min.
4.3 a.m.        Enemy firing 7.7 mm gas on Bouzincourt, rate 8 rds per min. Grid of battery about 87° by Sound
4.15 a.m.      Weak concentration of phosgene gas drifting to Henincourt from Bouzincourt area

4.25-4.35 a.m.    7.7 mm bty. firing on our front line area at Grid 80
°  Sound bearing of battery 88° Grid. About 40 rounds, intense fired. Now ceased
4.45-5 a.m.      7.7 mm batteries between Grid 80° and 88° Sound, firing on our F.L. area about W20d.  Occasional bursts of intense fire lasting about five minutes each time

5-8 a.m.        Very quiet, Misty
9.20 a.m.      4.2 How. 86
°  S.B. V18  3 rd min.  12 rds.
9 oc a.m.      Hostile Aeroplane over Henincourt
11.45 a.m.    Train seen travelling in distant ridge 98
° S.-N.
3.15 p.m.      Quiet, Visibility bad
9.30 p.m.      H.V. G. firing in direction of Senlis, Rate slow  S.B. 72° Grid

8.10 a.m.      5.9 Gun 93
°  S.B. shelling Warloy area, 1 rd. 3 minutes
8.50 a.m.      Traffic seen on X26d Rd.  Engaged by ? battery
9 oc a.m.      Smoke of Train on distant ridge  90
° travelling N.-S.
9.2 a.m.        77 mm  2 rds. on W14 & 19 from 87° G.  S.B.
9.12 a.m.      H.V. G.  91°G.  S.B. airburst D10  5.9 Shrap.
9.30 a.m.      Long train observed  97° about F9  S.-N.

9th June 1918

4.20 a.m.      4.2 on V29.  2 rounds rapid
10.20 a.m.
10.10 a.m.    5.9 gun 91
° G.  D10  HE airburst  1-3 mins.  Ceased 10.35
10.50 a.m.    5.9 How. 2 rds. on H'Court, rapid, not loc.
10.50 a.m.    Hostile Baloon  65° G. Red Cross Flag at 90°ˇ40' G. Bell tent & marquees X27
2.10 p.m.      Large fire burning G. 74°
4.35-4.45 p.m.    77 mm gun shelling B'Court  65° G.  S.B. 20 rds.
5-6.15 p.m.   4.2 How. & 77 mm shelling B'Court.  S.B. between 62°-65° G.  Irregular rates & intervals.
4.30-5 p.m.   Several trains observed about F.3 travelling both directions
6.25 p.m.      Baloon descended 84° G.  Usna Valley
9.50 p.m.      Bombardment of our F.L. area at 130° G.  North ?, Single Red Rocket. Single Green Rocket at 130° also double red rocket, Light bursting into 4 Green Rockets. Gas. H.E. & Shrapnel being used.
10.20 p.m.    Above bombardment ceased. some occasional shells
11.5 p.m.      Artillery active Southward as at 9.50. Ceased 11.15
11.12 p.m.    Hostile plane over Henincourt
11.20 p.m.    Large fire at 125° followed by incessant small explosions until 11.35, probably cartridge dump
12.15 a.m.    Explosion at 83°
8.40 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling W14, slow rate, 4 rds.  87°
9.50-10 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling. W14.  87°  1 rd. minute, 10 rounds
10 oc a.m.    4.2 How. shelling W14. 87° 1 rd. minute
10.15 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling V23d. 1 rd. per 3 mins.  S.B. 87° Grid
10.00 a.m.    Light Bad
3.15 p.m.      Heavy TM Activity between 65° & 75° Grid. 4.2 How. and 7.7 mm heavily shelling Bouzincourt. Grid of Sounds 76° to 85° Grid
6.12 p.m.      A.A. batteries firing. Grid 75° and 84° Sound
9.23 p.m.      Golden rain rocket at Grid 64°. 7.7 mm bty. firing on FL area at Grid 65°  S.B. of bty. 78° Grid. Rate 2 per min.
9.50 p.m.      77 mm fired 10 rounds on V24 77° G. rapid
10.9 p.m.      TM activity between 70° and 80° Grid
12 noon        7.7 mm bty. firing occasional bursts on F.L. area at Grid 80°.  S.B. of bty. 78° G.
AM & PM are all wrong
7.30 p.m.      Large columns of white smoke going up in W28a and drifting Southwards, about 5 minutes interval between each cloud. More of our artillery can be heard firing. Possibly enemy smoke screen. None of our artillery can be heard firing. About 10 of these clouds have been seen. AAA Southside of Albert is obscured by smoke.
8.30-8.45     5.9 How. on Bouzincourt  S.B. 75° G. 1 rd. 3 mins.
8.45             Fire in Albert  93° 35' G.
9.10             77 mm batty 76°  S.B. shelled area uncertain, 5 rds min. 15 rounds
9.50-955 p.m.     77 mm bty.  S.B. 16°G  firing on FL area at Grid 60° rate about 8 per min.
9.20-9.30     77 mm batteries shelling W14  76° G.  S.B. intense
9.25              Golden rain rockets  62° & 70V G.
10.15            Stationary white light giving out red lights.  75° G.
10.30            The light referred to is probably a small dump radis?
11.15-11.20    55 Millen firing V29c  95°  S.B. 8rds. per min.  Ceased at 11.20
11.25            Searchlights at 91°ˇ10' and 95° Grid
11.45-11.55    77 mm shelling vicinity of B'Court from 76° G. 5 minutes
1-1.30 a.m.   77 mm shelling  F.L. area before B'Court  76° G.  S.B.
4.7-4.12       4.1 Gun fired 5 rounds on V29c  S.B.  83° G. approximately
4.27              Hostile Aircraft flowing? over H'Court
4.35              4.1 Guns 6 rds. V29c
9-10              H.V. G. at 91°  S.B.  shelled area uncertain, 1 - 5 minutes

13 - 6 - 18

10.15 a.m.    H.V.G. at 90°  S.B.  Ceased 10.15
12.55 p.m.    H.V.G shelling back area. Sound bearing 91°  Rate one rd. per 5 minutes. Ceased 1.20. 6 rounds
2.45-3 p.m.   H.V. gun firing in direction of Warloy. Sound bearing 91°. Rate 1 per 5 minutes.
4.35 p.m.      Shelling reported 2.45 recommenced 1.3 mins. 2 rds only
6.45 p.m.      Balloon up Grid 103°
6.50 p.m.      H.V.G. (G. 91°) recommenced
7.35 p.m.      Light Motor Car travelling quickly along Albert-Pozieres Road into Albert
7.35 p.m.      Large white smoke cloud in Albert at 93° & 93.20° G. probably from an air shelling
8.55 p.m.      H.V.G. firing from 91°  S.B. in Warloy? direction 1 in 3 mins.  Ceased 9.25
10.55 p.m.    77 mm. Gun shelling M'Court area.  S. Bearing 85°  10 rounds
11.5 p.m.                           do                       do
11.30 p.m.                           do                         do
1.5 a.m.        ? motor ? field piece activity from 80 Grid to 87 Grid. Lessened by 12.50 a.m.
1.15 a.m.      Enemy searchlights at 60 ° & 80° Grid & 110

14th June 1918

11.10            H.V.G. from direction Warloy  1 rd. in 3 mind.  91° G.  S.B.  Ceased 11.20 (4 rds.)
6.10 p.m.      4.2 How. fired 4 rds. on V27 & 28 Grid 93°.  Ceased 6.20
7.35 p.m.      4 rds. rapid 77 mm shelling W14. not. loc.
8.35 p.m.      Hostile Balloon at 102° G.
10.25 p.m.    4.2 How. shelling V29  approx. 90°  S.B. 6 rds rapid
11.45 p.m.    Three white lights Pa?  98°  100°  101° G.
12.15 a.m.    Searchlight observed at 90° & 96° & 85°
1.25 a.m.      Searchlight observed at 65° 71° & 83°
1.40 a.m.      Small dump at 83° exploded
1.50 a.m.      Light bursting into groups of orange colour light at 69°  76° G.
1.50 a.m.      Single green rocket at 76° G.
2.30 a.m.      Red over Green seen at Grid 75°
2.47 a.m.      Three red lights from rocket seen at 96° Grid.
10.8 a.m.      Hostile balloons at 65°  70°  102° G.

15th June 1918

10.23 a.m.    Balloon 80° G.
10.55 a.m.    Balloon Asc. 62° G. & 68° G.
11.20 a.m.    H. Balloon at 68° G descending
2.5-2.20 p.m.        ? rds. on Henincourt 4.1 Gun  91° G.  S.B. 10 rds.
3.55 p.m.      Considerable train movement behind Montauban, one train now going Northwards, another train stationary
6.10-6.15      Slight occasional movement in X26d.
6.25 p.m.      Two men on horseback seen going from X26d  80° 60° and went out of right at about X26d 60° 80°
7.15 p.m.      Man on bicycle seen going from X26d 80  60  to X26d  60. 80.
7.40 p.m.      Flashes of AA Battery  94° 5'  aaa right of Montauban
8 p.m.           Train at Grid 100° distant, moving Northwards
8.15 p.m.      Train going through S28 and 29 Northwards
8.40 p.m.      About 100 infantry in small parties seen going in both directions along road in E6c 70,15 Engaged
9.20 p.m.      Train going through S28 and 29 Northwards
9.35 p.m.      Flash of H.V. gun 68 Grid firing Shrapnel on vicinity of Senlis. Slow rate
7.10-7.30 p.m.    9rd H.V.G. 92 G.S.B. firing direction of Warloy
8.45 p.m.      2nd.            ditto                       ditto
9-9.20 p.m.   4.2 H. shelling V27b.  89° G.  S.B. 1 rd. minute  20 rds
9.47 a.m.      Balloon ascending at Grid 84° 25'
9.55 a.m.      Motor car travelling X26d 86
10.20 a.m.    Puffs of hostile bty  87° 5' Grid firing on back area, rate about 2 rounds per minute. 4 guns firing. Probably 5.9 How.  Position in Avoca Valley
12 noon        Fire burning at Grid 84°30'  About X19a apparently cartridge dump. Fire is increasing in size
12.10 p.m.    Large clouds of white smoke rising at Grid 72°10'  Close to Front line
12.15 p.m.    Train at Grid 89° moving Northwards
1-1.3 p.m.     T.M. activity between 60°-71°  Small dump - exploded in our F.L. area at 63°
1.20 p.m.      5.9 How. firing on H4.  Approximate Sound Bearing 86° Grid. 2 rds. fired. Message taken 1.35 p.m.
2.20 p.m.      H.V. gun firing occasional rds. on Henincourt.  S.B. 83° Grid.  (2 direct hits on Chateau) Message taken by Bde. 2.45 p.m.
3.10 p.m.      Fire on Henincourt ceased. About 12 rounds fired.
6.25 p.m.      4.2 How. firing at intense rate on Millencourt  S.B. 84° Grid
9.5 p.m.        Small fire burning in Albert 91°10'
10.30 p.m.    E.A. over H'Court
11.20 p.m.    Searchlight 90° & 96° G.
12.45 a.m.    77 mm guns shelling Flares? 94°-82°  S.B. of batteries approx. 78°ˇE 80° G.  Also several single & double red lights as these bearings
12.55 a.m.    Light bursting in 3 vertical red light at 80° & 98° Artillery both sides, fairly quiet
1.5 a.m.        Red lights ceased hostile artillery quiet
3.25 a.m.      Slight smell of gas in vicinity of Henincourt
6.25 a.m.      H.V. Gun firing on back area  S.B. 88° G.  Rate 1 rd. per 5 minutes
8 a.m.           Hostile aircraft over Henincourt
8.15 a.m.      Firing on Henincourt  S.B. 83° G.  Rate 1 rd. per 3 min.  4.2 How. probably
8.45 a.m.      Hostile Balloon at 68°
11.55 a.m.    4.2 How. Firing on W21 & 22  G.B. 72° Grid.  2 rds. per minute.  Ceased 12.5  20 rds.
12 noon        Balloons 68° G.  62°  62°30'  85°  102° & 80 °45'
1.15 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling W20.  94° G.  S.B. 1 per 2 mins, 8 rds.  Ceased 1.30
1.35 p.m.      Balloon descended 89° 45'
4.55 p.m.      T.M. activity at 72° G.
4.55-5.5 p.m.      77 mm firing on D6.  99° G.  S.B. rapid rate
8.40-8.50 p.m.    TM activity 75°-80° G.
6.55-7.20 p.m.    Occasional rounds on V29 from 80° G.  S.B. 12 rds. 77 mm
8.20-8.55 p.m.    4.2 How. shelling V27  93° G.  S.B. 1 in 3 mins.
8.50 p.m.      Balloon 102° G.

18th June 1918

10.25            4.2 How. fired in V27c & d. sound bearing 91° Grid. Rds. 1 per minute.  Ceased 11.10
11.50 a.m.    4.2 firing on V22  Sound bearing 91°. Rate of fire, 1 rd. per 3 minutes. 12.16 Switched to V27.  Ceased 12.20
12.40-1.20 p.m.    4.2 How. on Millencourt  S.B. 94°  1 per 2 minutes  Ceased 1.50
7.10             77 mm shelling V29  1 rd. 2 mins. 85°  S.B.  Ceased 5 oc.
7.56             4.2 How. shelling V26  96° G.  S.B. 1 rd. per 2 mins.
8.15             1 rd. 77 mm V29c  not. loc.
10.20           Dump Explosion 67°
10.48           Sharp burst of 77 mm shelling V29c. 95° G. S.B.
11.15           Large dump explosion 77°
12.15           Observed for 449  S.B.  6 rds. shrapnel 25a
11.5             same as at 10.48
1.50                  "            "        6 rds. rapid
9 oc.            77 mm. 92° G.  S.B. rapid bursts of  ????? on FL area before M'Court.  actual target obscured
10.37           Traffic on road X26d  80.60 to X26d  60.80 apparently lorries at about 300 yards interval, two seen
11.30 p.m.   Train at 90° Grid behind Montauban Going North
12 mid.        About 300 troops in parties of about 20 going along road X26d  8.6 to 6.8 Accompanied by motor & horse drawn vehicles.  Engaged.  669 S.B. Large canvas camp at Grid 100° 35' Red x flag at each corner of camp. Position in A15c
12.50 p.m.    4.2 Gun firing on Millencourt  S.B. 90° G. Rate 5 rds. per min.
1.10 p.m.      About 300 troops & horses in X29 or X30 coming toward Bécourt
1.25 p.m.      H.V. Gun firing at intense rate on Henincourt  S.B. 90° Grid.
1.35 p.m.      Shelling on Henincourt ceased
3.15 p.m.      Train at 92° Grid behind Montauban travelling South
3.30 p.m.      4.2 Gun firing at slow rate on Senlis  S.B. 94° G.
3.45 p.m.      Glass flashing in sun at W30c  40.60
4.25 p.m.      4.2 How. fired about 50 rds. intense on Henincourt  S.B. 90° Grid
4.32 p.m.      Smoke of train at 90° Grid behind Montauban Stationary
                     Reference message of 4.25 p.m., a small number of large calibre shells appear to have been included, 5.9 or 8 inch. Two large craters have been found. Target apparently Henincourt Chateau
5.40 p.m.      About 30 horses grazing in F12a
6.30 p.m.      Train came through S29b and halted for 5 minutes at S28d  50.10 then disappeared
[New Work]      A pole about 15 feet high, apparently for wireless, has been erected at X26d  70.60
7.45 p.m.      Hostile Balloon 84°
7.46 p.m.      Trains at 86° & 90° G. on distant ridge
8.5 p.m.        H.V. Gun firing on rear area, target uncertain, 90° G.  S.B. 1 rd. 2 mins.
8.30 p.m.      8 & 9 shelling 86°-88° G.  S.B.  Heavy concentration on Henincourt Vicinity. Ceased 8.35
9.20 p.m.      Hostile aircraft over Lavieville
9.25 p.m.      Flash Hostile Bty. Grid 71° Target unknown

June 19 - 20

12.25 a.m.    Hostile aircraft passed over Henincourt, engaged by A.A. units.
2.8 a.m.        Orange coloured lights observed at 80
°-85° G.
6.40-6.45 a.m.      5.9 How. shelling right near area 78° G.  S.B. 2 rds. min.

20th June 1918

10.30 a.m.    4.2 G. shelling direction V10. 1 rd. minute.
11.50 a.m.    4.2 How. firing occasional rounds on Millencourt.  S.B. about 90° Grid
1.15 p.m.      4.2 G. shelling V27 & 26  88° G.  S.B. 1 rd. 2 mins.
1.30 p.m.      4.2 How. firing occasional salvos on Millencourt  S.B. 89° G.
2.55 p.m.      Train seen going from A9a to S29c.
3.20 p.m.      About 20 horses grazing in F12a.
5.15 p.m.      6 Hostile planes over Lavieville
5.30 p.m.      There is apparently a railhead supply dump in A22c.  Several wooden sheds can be seen, also occasional movement of trains at his point.
11.15 p.m.    4.2 Gun shelling Henincourt 1 rd. minute. 90° G.  S.B. Also 77mm  85°ˇ15'
12.35 a.m.    H.V. Gun  79° G.  S.B. near area. occasional sounds
9.5 a.m.        Train at 98° Grid. travelling south distant

21st June 1918

10.45 a.m.    One man seen on Bécourt Road at Shamrock Tree, proceeding East
12 noon        Train at 90
° Grid. travelling North. Distant
11.50 a.m.    5.9 firing on V27c.  Ceased 12.40 S.B. about 91° Direction of flight?
3 p.m.           Horses seen grazing in F11a 5.5. Engaged 2 rounds
5 p.m.           H.V. Gun firing in direction of Contay.  S.B. 92° Rate of fire 1 per 3 minutes
5.10 p.m.      H.V. G. ceased  4 rds.
7 p.m.           Light failing

22nd June 1918

10.55           Train at 102° G. travelling North
11.45           5.9 H.V. Gun shelling V27. Rate rapid.  S.B. 88°  Ceased 11.42  6 rds.
11.55           4.2 How. fired 8 rounds rapid on V27  S.B. 82°
1.45             Train at 98° G. travelling N-S
2.45             H.V. G. on back area  4 rds. 89° G.  S.B.
5.10             8 rds. 5.9 on V27d
6.30             6 rds. 4.2 on V27d  85° Grid
10.30-10.35    77 mm shelling area in V30  S.B. 94° & 92° G.
10.30            TMs active  85°-88°
10.5              Double single green light at 100° G.
12 oc. mid.   H.V. Gun 91° G.  S.B. shelling irregular rate. area shelled unknown to 1.30
1.25              White stationary parachute light 81° G.
1.50              Hostile plane over Henincourt district travelling N.W.
2.25 a.m.      Two white lights (stationary) showing at Grid 75 & 77°
2.55 a.m.      TMs active at 74°
7.11 a.m.      H.V. Gun  91° Grid.  S.B. shelling in dir. of Corlay?  rate very intense
7.15 a.m.      Fire at 95° Grid
8.50 a.m.      H.V. Gun shelling V26  S.B. 91° G.  Rate 1 per 5 min.  3 Rds.

23rd June 1918

11.12 a.m.      Train behind Mericourt. Travelling North
1.50 p.m.        5.9 How. firing occasional rounds on vicinity of D8.  S.B. about 120° G.
3.55 p.m.        5.9 How. firing, at slow rate on about C11  S.B.  90° G.
4.50 p.m.        5.9 How. firing on about D1.  S.B. 88° G.  Rate 1 round per 3 mins.
5.25 p.m.        Train consisting of engine and 20 wagons halted at Grid 97° 30 near Mericourt for 10 minutes and is now travelling North
6.5 p.m.          Hostile aircraft over Lavieville
6.25 p.m.        Two men seem going from W24c  40.10 to W24d 44 where they entered a trench
9.20 p.m.        77 mm shelling Copse V28b. rapid rate. 87° G.  S.B. 10 rds. terminating with two 4 gun salvos

24th June 1918

10.15 a.m.    5.9 Gun firing on Henincourt, rate about 1 round per 4 minutes  S.B. about 88° Grid.  6 rounds
10.40 a.m.    Firing recommenced 1 rd. per minute, 3 rounds
10.48 a.m.    Latest Sound Bearing of 5.9 Gun  97° Grid  It is now firing on V26. Rate about one round per 5 minute
11.20 a.m.    Horse Wagons going along road X26d  60.80 to X26d  80.60 about 300 yards interval between each wagon
11.25 a.m.    Movement in X26d ceased (Engaged 1 round)
12.46 p.m.    4.2 How. firing on Lavieville area at intense rate  S.B. 82°
1.8 p.m.        4.2 How. firing on V26, rate rapid, about 10 rds.  S.B. 83° G.
2.15 p.m.      Traffic along road F6a  15.10  to F6a  80.90  Frequent clouds of dust visible. Nature of traffic uncertain.
3.30 p.m.      EB11 firing at rapid rate on D2. Smoke Puff seen
3.50 p.m.      EB11 now firing at rate of 2 rounds per minute
4 p.m.           EB11 effectively engaged by H.4
5 p.m.           Train halted for 10 minutes at Grid 98° near Maricourt and is now travelling North
5.10 p.m.      Small fire in Albert at Grid 97°
5.55-6-5 p.m.    EB11 firing 2 rds. per min. on D3.  20 rounds
6.20-7.15 p.m.   Rain and thick mist
7.45 p.m.      Smoke of train Grid 90°  Going North behind Montauban
9.30 p.m.      H.V. G. 85° G.  S.B. occasional rate on Back Area. Target unknown.
9.36-9.38      Enemy firing intense rate on Bouzincourt area. Several batteries  66°-71° G.  S.B.
9.56-9.58      Several 7.7 mm batteries firing shrapnel H.E. on V24  S.B. 82° to 86° Grid
10.30 p.m.    Same as 9.56 entry, ceased 10.32
11.30-11.33    77 mm shelling V29c.  S.B. 90° G. rapid rate
11.33 p.m.    77 mm shelling F.L. area before Bouzincourt 90° G.  S.B. rapid rate
11.49-57      Several 77 mm batteries firing shrapnel & H.E. on V24  S.B. 82° to 86° Grid. Now ceased
12.11 a.m.    77 mm gun active at 84° G.  S.B. Shelling V24 area, 5 rds. minute

25th June 1918

11.38 a.m.    Train at Grid 97°30 near Maricourt, consisting of engine, 19 wagons, travelling N.
12.35 p.m.    Balloon 109° Grid.
11.30 a.m.    5.9 How. on D10.  1 rapid 5 minutes. Ceased 12.15  86° Grid.
12.35 p.m.    British plane descended in V29a.
12.45 p.m.    4.2 How. on Senlis.  S.B. 87° Grid. Fired 6 rounds rapid
12.55 p.m.    4.2 How firing on V29a and b  S.B. 92° Rate 1 per minute. Ceased 1.10
1.15 p.m.      4.2 How. on Senlis.  S.B. 87°  Rate rapid about 10 rounds
1.20 p.m.      Smoke from small fire Grid 84° Probably X10b or X20a
1.45 p.m.      5 rds. rapid.  4.2 How. on Senlis. Unl.
2.?0 p.m.      4.2 How. on V28c. Rate 1 per 4 minutes.  S.B. 87°
2.25 p.m.      Balloon rising Grid 80°
2.50 p.m.      4.2 on V29 ceased
5.10 p.m.      Smoke from small fire Grid 78°, probably on 13
10.50 p.m.    77 firing Shrapnel on Henincourt-Bouzincourt Road
11.20 p.m.    Ceased 1 p. 3 mins.
11.40-11.45 p.m.    Salvos of 5.9 How. on Bouzincourt  2 Salvos prin?
11.40 p.m.    Green rockets seen between 80°-90° Grid
11.50 p.m.    Dump exploded bearing 95°
1.20 a.m.      Flashes observed at 70° Grid
1.40 a.m.      Two Orange Coloured Lights at 79° G.
8.30-8.50 a.m.      77 mm firing on D6  S.B. 88° G. 3 rds. per min.
9 a.m.           Train behind Montauban travelling S. Grid 90°

26th June 1918

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.    Front very Quiet
1 p.m.           Hostile balloon at Grid 69°
1.24 p.m.      Smoke of train proceeding N near Montauban  Grid 88°
2.20 p.m.      Considerable T.M. activity between 76° and 80° Grid
3.10 p.m.      TM activity between Grid 77° and 80°
4.5 p.m.        Train at Grid 90° behind Montauban going North
4.10 p.m.      Cyclist going along road 26d  7.5 to 26d  90. 65.
4.55 p.m.      4.2 How. firing on Henincourt, rate rapid.  S.B. 92° G.
5.20 p.m.      Firing on Henincourt Ceased
7.45 p.m.      Smoke of train proceeding N. behind Montauban Grid 89°
7.51 p.m.      Balloon ascending at 79.20 G. in distance
8.2 p.m.        Hostile aircraft over Henincourt
8.13 p.m.      Balloon at 79.20 G. descended and remained in trees at S4c
10-10.7 p.m.    Single Green Rocket at Grid 63° and Single Red Rocket at Grid 74°, also Green over Red at Grid 88°
10.55 p.m.    Hostile aircraft over Henincourt flying low
10.58 p.m.    Hostile aircraft dropping bombs on Lavieville area.
12.10 a.m.    Glare of fire at Grid 71°
1.4 a.m.        Single green light at Grid 86°
9.58 a.m.      Hostile aircraft over Henincourt
11.20 a.m.    Occasional movement of vehicles and men in small parties along road X26d  6,5, to X26d 86. Engaged by D,D,1.
1.45 p.m.      Train at Grid 89° travelling N. behind Montauban
2.8 p.m.        Train at Grid 92° behind Montauban going North. 5.9 gun firing on back area.  S.B. about 103° G.

27th June 1918

2.25 p.m.      Balloon seen descending at Grid 101° 30  Position about F17b
4.15 p.m.      5.9 gun firing at rapid rate on back area.  S.B. about 103° G.
5.30 p.m.      4.2 How. firing salvos on Henincourt. Grid of Sound 90°
7 p.m.           Brown camouphlage (camouflage) is visible along road X14c  00. 80 to 14a 45.15. Balloon on ground at S7d 40.40
9.47 a.m.      Hostile Balloon ascending G. 99°

28th June 1918

10.25 a.m.    TM activity between 73° and 78° G.
11.40 a.m.    H.V. G. firing in direction of V18  S.B. 79° Grid. Occasional rds.
4.15 p.m.      H. Aircraft over Henincourt
9 p.m.           77 mm on V28a  8 rds. rapid  S.B. 90°
10.25 p.m.    Slight 77 mm activity Grid 65°-70°
10.50 p.m.    TM activity 78°-80°
2.53 a.m.      Slight TM activity 85°-88°
4.10 a.m.      TM active 95°-103°
4.40 a.m.      Enemy aircraft over Henincourt
7.15 a.m.      H.V. Gun firing on D5 1 round per 4 mins.  Grid  S.B. 80°  8 rds.
7.30-7.45     TM active 80°-88°
7.58-9.10     4.2 How. firing slow rate on Millencourt  S.B. 87°
9.40 a.m.      5.9 How. on V29  S.B. 90°  Rate of five irregular (& on V28d)

29th June 1918

10 a.m.         5.9 How. shelling of 9.40 still continuing sweeping to V28a
10.52 a.m.    5.9 How. fired 10 rounds very rapid V27c  S.B. 98
° G.  Now ceased
12 noon        Chimney of Brickworks in W22c has fallen
10 a.m.- p.m.    Light very bad. Hostile Artillery fairly quiet
3.18 p.m.      Cyclist going along road X29d  7.5  to X29? 90.6
5.55-6.5 p.m.      4.2 How. firing on V23b  S.B. 88° G.  Rate one round per minute About 20 rds.
7.15 p.m.      7.7 mm bty. firing on V18c. 5 rounds per min.  S.B. 102° G.
8.45 p.m.      5.9 Gun firing occasional rounds on back area  S.B. 75° G.
8.50 p.m.      H.A. over Henincourt
8.55 p.m.      Puffs seen at Grid 103° Probably AA battery about F17d  3.4 Glass can be seen flashing occasionally near same point
8 p.m.           5.9 Gun firing occasional rds. on Henincourt  S.B. 90° G.
8.40 p.m.      77 mm firing in irregular bursts on E1  S.B. 104° G.

30th June 1918

10.55 a.m.    T.M. Activity between S.B. 75° and 80° G.  Ceased 11 a.m.
11.25 a.m.    4.2 How. Bty. firing on V27  S.B. 88°  Rate slow.  Ceased 11.40.  6 rds.
1.30 p.m.      Balloon up Grid 102°
9 p.m.           Situation quiet. Light failing
9.36 p.m.      Enemy sending up red rockets & golden rain, Small explosion in Albert
9.37 p.m.      Green Rockets at Grid 67°
9.40 p.m.      Double & Treble Red Rockets at Grid 64°
9.43 p.m.      Single Green Rocket Grid 74°
9.54 p.m.      Verey light bursting into 3 whites at 67°
9.58 p.m.      Verey light bursting into 3 whites at 67°
10 2 p.m.      Verey light bursting into 3 whites at 67°
10.28 p.m.    Single green rocket at 91°
10.33 p.m.    Single green rocket at 75°
10.34 p.m.    Single green rocket at 77°
10.35 p.m.    Single green rocket at 94°
10.46 p.m.    1 Verey Light bursting into 5 white at 87° G.
10.55 p.m.    Hostile Aircraft over Henincourt, travelling W.
10.58 p.m.    Single red light G 80°
11.2 p.m.      Single green light Grid 75° Red light Grid 89°
11.3 p.m.      Red rocket Grid 85°
11.7 p.m.      Red rockets at 85°, 90°, 92°
11.12 p.m.    Red rockets at 78° and 84° Grid.
11.14 p.m.    Verey Light bursting into 3 reds. Grid 75°
11.13 p.m.    Searchlight at 90° & 92° & 68°
11.22 p.m.    Green light Grid 76°  Red 80°
11.43 p.m.    Several red rockets 73°-78° Grid
11.46 p.m.    Green rocket  87° G. - Hostile Artillery. During Operation, HA fired principally on forward area. About 10 rds. 8" How. verified on V27 and V21. 5.9s & 4.2s fired on field batteries and 77s & TM on trenches. The enemy fire was not particularly heavy.
12 midnight   HA quiet
1.15 a.m.      Golden rain rocket at 75° G.
1.15 a.m.      TM Activity between 110°-120° G.  Ceased 1.45 a.m.
1.30 a.m.      Fire observed at 98° G. probably dump
2.5 a.m.        Green rockets & Red rockets 75°-85° G.
2.5 a.m.        SOS rocket over Henincourt
2.20 a.m.      Occasional red rockets Grid 83°
3.23 a.m.      Red rockets at 60. 75. 78.
4.25 a.m.      Hostile Balloon at about 62° descending.  Hostile Balloon at 79°
5-10             Enemy very quiet - occasional irregular short bursts of 77 mm on front line area about 80°-85°

1st July 1918

1.55 p.m.      TM activity Grid 75° to 78°
5.40 p.m.      77 mm on Front line area Grid 70 to 75.  S.B. 69° Occasional rounds
6.45 p.m.      Occasional rds. & 12 How. on W  & V247
7 p.m.           Short burst TM. Grid 70°
8.10 p.m.      Bursts 4.2" How. on W24.  S.B. 76° G.
8.20 p.m.      Visibility poor
9 p.m.           Treble red rocket Grid 72°
9 p.m.           SOS rocket 100°
9.10 p.m.      Single red rockets 80° & 83°
9.20 p.m.      EA active area E of Millencourt Ridge. No shelling of battery area
9.25 p.m.      Rocket bursting into 3 reds. Grid 76°  Double green rocket. Grid 65°
9.40 p.m.      Green over Red over green. Grid 60° 1 burst reds. Grid 74°
9.43 p.m.      Green over red rockets. repeated Grid 60°
10.10 p.m.    Infantry repost (53 Rif. Bgde.) that 6" Hows are shooting short in W25d & F1b
10.20 p.m.    HA Quiet
10.35 p.m.    Single green rockets at 65° G.
1.30 a.m.      Searchlight at 72°
2.25 a.m.      SOS between 80-90 (3 red)
2.30 a.m.      Green red green 8r8 OR GR8 70° & 80°
2.45 a.m.      2 green 78°  (probably G.R.9 with red not showing)
3.5 a.m.        Quietening down along whole front
3.25 a.m.      Single red at 84°
3.30-4.30 a.m.    Crumps in forward section of line
Note:-          in the morrow SOS only front section of line received attention from hostile artillery. Slight activity by TM's                      signed illegible

2nd July 1918

11.35 a.m.    Fire burning at about X,13,d  30,20  apparently ammunition
11.47 a.m.    Continuous white smoke rising at Grid 86° 45'  Position about 19d 3.4 Similar to a smoke bomb. aaa, Fire in X13d continues
12.3 a.m.      Another continuous smoke cloud at G. 82° 15; Position about X19b 20.90
12.31 a.m.    Smoke clouds in X19b  X19d and X13d Ceased
12.50 a.m.    House burning in Albert at Grid 96°40' Position in E4a
12.55            7.7 mm bty. firing occasional bursts on FL area, between 70° and 75° Grid  S.B. of battery 87° Grid
2.9 p.m.        H.V. gun, large calibre firing occasional rounds on back area  S.B. 68° G.
3.10 p.m.      4.2 How. firing occasional rounds on FL area between 75° and 80° G.  S.B. of bty. about 82°
3.40 p.m.      occasional movement of vehicles similar to motor lorries going along road 26 68 to 26d 86, Engaged by D.D.1.
4.35 p.m.      77 mm firing in occasional bursts on front line area about 76°  S.B. 74° G.
6.30 p.m.      4.2 How. firing occasional rounds on F.L. area at Grid 77°  S.B. of battery 86° Grid
8 p.m.           77 mm firing on W15c  S.B. 77° G. about 20 rds.
8.23 p.m.      4.2 How. firing on W25 rate about 3 rds per minute  S.B. 89° G.
8.27 p.m.      7.7 mm bty. firing occasional bursts on W20  S.B. 91° G.
8.35 p.m.      7.7 bty. firing bursts on W26a  S.B. 98° G. also 7.7 bty. firing bursts of about 20 rounds over F.L. area at Grid 78°  S.B. Bty. 89° Grid.
8.55 p.m.      Infantry in small parties appearing on ridge at X26d  86 and advancing toward X26 central
8.58 p.m.      H.A. over Henincourt
9.10 p.m.      Single Red Rockets at 83°
9.22 p.m.      SOS
9.40 p.m.      SOS at 89°
9.43 p.m.      SOS 85° to 90°
9.45 p.m.      Golden Rain 76° Double Red 87°
9.47 p.m.      Double Red & Golden Rain at 76°
9.57 p.m.      Rocket bursting into 2 Greens 70°
9.55 p.m.      Enemy firing occasional rounds 5.9 Millencourt & Bouzincourt
9.59 p.m.      Double Green Rockets all along front
10 p.m.         Single Green Rockets at 90° G.
10.2 p.m.      Double Green Rocket at 89°
10.7 p.m.      Single Green Rockets at 83°
10.11 p.m.    Single Red Rocket at 85°
10.21 p.m.    Single Red at 84°
10.24 p.m.    Double SOS at 84° & heavy machine gun fire
10.24 p.m.    SOS about front behind 60°-80°
10.28 p.m.    Golden rain rockets all along front
10.27 p.m.    Single Green at 74
10.27 p.m.    Single Green at 79°
10.28 p.m.    SOS 85-90
10.30 p.m.    Single Red at 85°
10.31 p.m.    Single Red at 92°
10.36 p.m.    Double Red at 79
10.37 p.m.    Single Green at 75-85
10.38 p.m.    Double Green at 82°
10.40 p.m.    Single Green 70°
10.43 p.m.    Single Double Green between 76°-90°
10.44 p.m.    Golden Rain 70°-80°. Heavy M.G. fire in this sector also
10.57 p.m.    Hostile Activity diminished
11.4 p.m.      Single Double Green Rockets 70°-75°
[Intelligence Note]  During hostile counter attack there was remarkably little no abnormal shelling of our battery enemy did no counter battery shelling.
11.45 p.m.    Enemy firing at slow rate on F.O. area 80°-87°  S.B. of batteries 80°-86°  4.2 How. & 77 mm.
12.14 a.m.    Single Red Rocket 77° G.
12.14 a.m.    Fire at 88° G.
1 a.m.           Parachute double & Single white light at 59° & 67°
1.25 a.m.      77 mm firing occasional bursts on F.L. area 95°-100° G. several batteries
1.40-1.45 a.m.      4.2 How. & 77mm firing on Front line area about 80° G.  S.B. of batteries 80-84° G.
1.50 a.m.      Two single green rockets at 74° G.
2.30 a.m.      Fire in Albert at Grid 88° still burning, size increased
2.30 a.m.      Single & Treble Green also Golden Rain & single red between 60 and 80.  Enemy shelling F.L. area in this sector
2.32 a.m.      Double Red at 80° G.
2.33 a.m.      SOS 85
1.40 a.m.      Single Green 70
2.45 a.m.      Hostile Artillery diminished
2.51 a.m.      Grenade bursting into 3 reds at 85°  Golden Rain at 72°  Hostile artillery, fairly quiet
2.55 a.m.      Single Red at 85°
3.6 a.m.        Single Red & Single Green at 85.  Machine Gun fire on Albert sector
3.9 a.m.        Golden Rain 85 to 87.
3.20 a.m.      Double Green 65  Single Green 92  Single Red 79
3.28 a.m.      Occasional flashes 87° 30  Target unknown
3.3.0 a.m.     Occasional flashes 81°   Target unknown
3.38 a.m.      Single Green 92 to 97  7.7 mm bty. shelling D6,  Rate 5 per min.
3.45 a.m.      S.B. 97°
5.22 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling W19  S.B. 86° Grid.  Rate 3 rds. per minute
5.30 a.m.      Motor vehicles and small parties appearing at X26d 86 and going toward Bécourt.  Engaged by D.D.1, Fire direct hits observed and three motor vehicles have been left on road side.
8.45 a.m.      77 mm fire in irregular bursts on W19.  S.B. 75°

3rd July 1918

10.41 a.m.    4.2 How. firing air bursts on F.L. area 77° G.-90° G.
10.44 a.m.    S.B. 83°-94° several batteries
12 noon        TM activity between 73° and 79° Grid
1.10 p.m.      7.7 mm bty. firing occasional H.E. salvos on W20  S.B. 85° G.
2.50 p.m.      H.V. gun firing occasional rounds on back area  S.B. 90° G.
3.17 p.m.      7.7 mm bty. firing occasional bursts on Millencourt  S.B. 97° G.
3.45 p.m.      4.2 How. firing on D,4.  Rate 10 rounds per minute  S.B. 86° 30'
3.49 p.m.      7.7 mm bty. firing on W20  S.B. 88° G.  Occasional short bursts
4.10 p.m.      H.V. gun at S.B. 90° G. Ceased last round was fired at 3.35 p.m.
5.34 p.m.      4.1 Gun firing V26 and 27  Rate 10 rounds per min.  S.B. 87° G.  Ceased 5.35 p.m.
6.58 p.m.      Smoke of train travelling N. through X23d
7 p.m.           7.7 mm bty. firing occasional bursts on W13 & 14  S.B. 84° G.
7.42 p.m.      Smoke of train proceeding N. behind distant ridge at 90°
8.2 p.m.        7.7 mm bty. has fired and the burst of about 20 rounds on W13 and 14  S.B. 84° G.  H.E. and shrapnel used
8.11 p.m.      7.7 mm bty. firing bursts on W13 & 14  S.B. 89° Grid.  Position probably in W29  7.7 mm bty. at 84°  Ceased fire
8.20 p.m.      4.2 How. firing on Bouzincourt  S.B. 82° G.  Rate 5 rounds per minute
8.40 p.m.      Shelling of W13 and 14  Ceased at 8.30 p.m.
8.50 p.m.      Single White light sent up at 65° G. aaa (Not included import)*  5.9 How. firing occasional rds. on Bouzincourt  S.B. 77° g. aaa  The 7.7 mm btys. at 89° & 84° have ceased fire
9.5 p.m.        5.9 How. at Grid 77°  Ceased at 9 p.m.
9.15 p.m.      Rocket bursting into red and green light going up at about 19d.
9.35 p.m.      4.2 How. firing on D.2 Rate one round per 2 minutes.  Apparently gas shell. Very feeble burst.  S.B. 92° Grid

9.50 p.m.      Received all stores & S.O.S. rockets. Poker taken over by 178 Siege Battery for night tour of duty. ? ? Linden or Pinden? 178 S.Bty.
3/7/18
11.15 p.m.    Shrapnel & occasional rounds E. of Senlis, otherwise quiet

4/7/18

2.34 a.m.      Rockets 2 red & 2 green in pairs about 70° GB.

Handed over to 68 S.Bty. J. Linden or Sinden Lt. 167 S.Bty.      4.7.18

10.10 a.m.    4.2 How. firing slow rate on W20  S.B. 84° G.  Ceased 10.45
10.50 a.m.    5.9 How. firing HE air bursts over V18. Rate slow  S.B. 91° Grid.  Ceased 11.40
11.2 a.m.      4.2 How. on V29.  Rate slow.  S.B. 94° G.
11.15 a.m.    5.9 reported 10.50 lengthened range firing in Senlis Valley
11.45 a.m.    4.2 How. on V29  Ceased
12.30 p.m.    5.9 How. on V16  10 rds.  S.B. 105°  Ceased 12.50
1.40 p.m.      5.9 How. firing on V15.  Sound bearing 105°  Rate 1 per 3 minutes
2.20 p.m.      4.2 How. on D5a. 15 rds. rapid.  S.B. 103° G.
3.15 p.m.      5.9 reported 1.40 Ceased.  Rate of fire fro, 2.10 irregular (occasional round)
3.45 p.m.      5.9 Batty firing on D5  S.B. 105° Grid
3.53 p.m.      Ceased
4.10 p.m.      TMs active Grid 106°
5 p.m.           4.2" How. shelling Bouzincourt.  S.B. 60°  Rate 2 per minute.  Ceased 5.30
5.40 p.m.      77 mm shelling W20.  S.B. 87° G.
8.5 p.m.        4.1 H.V. battery (3 guns) on V27.  S.B. 92°  Rate rapid, 8 rds.
8.20 p.m.      4.1 gun on V27.  S.B. 92° Grid.  3 rounds
8.25 p.m.      Hostile plane over Henincourt
8.25 p.m.      4.2 How. in Millencourt  3 rds. not. loc.
8.57 p.m.      5.9 How. firing on Lavieville Road.  S.B. 95°  about 5 rounds
9.2 p.m.        4.1 Gun firing on V26.  S.B. 95° - 5 rds.
9.12 p.m.      4.1 Gun firing on V26.  S.B. 95° - 5 rds.
9.15 p.m.      Hostile aircraft over Henincourt
8.45 p.m.      Slight activity grid 110 & to S.
11.10 p.m.    Searchlight Grid 84°
11.35 p.m.    Searchlight Grid 106°
12.10 a.m.    Reflection from small fire Grid 97°
12.25 a.m.    Slight Artillery activity on Vth Corps. Front
12.35 a.m.    TM activity Grid 110°  Ceased 12.38
1 a.m.           TM artillery activity Grid 115 to S.  Ceased 1.10
1.35 a.m.      Hostile aircraft bombing Henincourt area
2.5 a.m.        Hostile aircraft bombing  Henincourt area
2.7 a.m.        TM activity Grid 115°
3.18 a.m.      Slight general Hostile activity 120° - Southwards, Ceased 3.23
4.50-55 a.m.    General activity 90°-100° G.
7.8 a.m.        Hostile Balloon ay 65°
7.25 a.m.      77 mm firing in bursts of about 5 rds. on W25d & E16  88°
7.40 a.m.      Rate of fire altered to about 2 per min.
8.35 a.m.      Ceased after dropping to occasional rounds after 8.5 a.m.

5th July 1918

10.35 a.m.    77 mm firing on W25d. 1 rd. per min.  S.B. 85° - 5 rounds
12.40 p.m.    7.7 mm bty. firing occasional rounds on D,6,a  S.B. About 98° G.
1 p.m.           77 mm firing on Millencourt, rapid rate  S.B. 89°  10 rds.
2 p.m.           7.7 mm fired about 30 rounds intense on Bouzincourt  S.B. 89° G.  Ceased
4.45 p.m.      5.9 How. firing occasional rounds on about C6  S.B. 98° G.
4.46 p.m.      2 men seen going along road X26d  68 to X26d  86
5.13 p.m.      5.9 How. firing occasional rounds on D2  S.B. 98° G.
5.22 p.m.      Small fire burning in about E3b80ˇ50
5.23 p.m.      5.9 How. reported at 5ˇB now firing 10 rounds per min. on Lavieville  Ceased 5.25
5.27 p.m.      Small cloud of dust observed travelling along road from F6a22 to F6a79, probably motor car
5.30-5.35 p.m.    Occasional movement of individual men about 6 in all X26d 86
6.14 p.m.      Two men visible walking along road 26d 86 to X26a 68
7.30 p.m.      Two men walk. One of our observation planes landed under control at about V16c
1.10 a.m.      Single Red Rockets 76° G.
1.15 a.m.      Searchlights at 65° & 70° G.
9.42 a.m.      Hostile Balloon at 59°-45' & 60°-15'

6th July 1918

12 noon        4.2 Gun on V27.  1 rd. per 4 minutes  S.B. 91°  Ceased 12.35  16 rds.
1.10 p.m.      5.9" How. fired on Sunken Road in V21d. Very small burst  S.B. 80°  Rapid fire.  1 per 2 minutes.  Ceased 1.35
1.50 p.m.      Recommenced
1.50 p.m.      Occasional rds. 4.2 How. on Bouzincourt
2.50 p.m.      77 mm on W26.  S.B. 89°.  Occasional rds.
2.55 p.m.      5.9 on V21d fired 10 rds.
3.5 p.m.        77 mm firing on V28a Sound bearing 67°  Rate intense.  Ceased 3.7  20 rds.
3.38 p.m.      77 mm Gun firing on V28b & V30a. Rate intense  S.B. 89° Grid.  Ceased 3.40
3.53-3.55     4.2 & 77 mm concentration on V28a & gas and H.E.  S.B. 89°
4.25 p.m.      5 rds. 77 mm gas on V28a.  Rate rapid.  S.B. 89°
5.35-5.37 p.m.    4.2 How. & 77 mm H.E. on V28b.  S.B. 89°-91°  Rate rapid.  20 rds.
6.23-6.25 p.m.    77 mm 4.2 How. on V28b.  S.B. 89°  Rate rapid
6.43-6.45 p.m.    77 mm on V24.  S.B. 89°.  Rate rapid
7.20-7.22 p.m.    77 mm on V28b.  S.B. 89°  Rate rapid
10.40-10.42 p.m.    77 mm on V28b  S.B. 89°  Rate rapid
11.5 p.m.      77 mm on V30  S.B. 89° about 10 rds. rapid
11.20 p.m.    77 mm firing at rate of 2 rds. per min. on V18  S.B. 83° about 8 rds.
11.40 p.m.    77 mm firing on V30  S.B. 89°  rate rapid - 10 rds.
11.53-11.55 p.m.    77 mm firing gas & HE on V24  S.B. 80° G.
11.57 p.m.    77 mm firing on V30b  about 10 rds. rapid  S.B. 89° G.

10 a.m.         Light improving.  Situation quiet
1 p.m.           Light good
4 p.m.           Visibility poor - mist
9 p.m.           Light failing

12.5-12.7 a.m.      77 mm firing on V29  rapid rate  S.B. 89°  about 20 rds.
1-1.01 a.m.   77 mm firing  rapid rate on V28  S.B. 90°  5 rds.
5.30 a.m.      Hostile TM's active S. of Dernancourt also slight artillery activity

7th July 1918

10 a.m.        Visibility Poor
1.30 p.m.     Light improving - situation quiet
5 p.m.          Light good

            all above scored out?

10 a.m.       Light poor. Situation quiet
1-7 p.m.     Visibility good
7.10 p.m.    Salvo 5.9" How. (2 rds.) on V27a 2,3,  S.B. 88
°
9.5 p.m.      77 mm bty. fired 30 rds. rapid on D? 95°
9.8-9.10 p.m.    77 mm & 4.2" batteries fire rapid on V30  S.B. 89°-92°
9.17 p.m.    77 mm on F.L. area Grid 96°  S.B. 92°  Ceased 9.20  20 rds.

2.40 a.m.    Green rocket at 70° G.
4-4.5 a.m.   6 - 77 mm gun in D4
4.50 a.m.    Hostile T.M.s active in direction of W10
6.42 a.m.    Hostile TM & Artillery Activity Grid 80°  Ceased 7.15
7.35 a.m.    4.2 How. firing on V27  A.B. 90°  slow rate  Ceased 7.40  2 rds.
7.45 a.m.    4.2 Gun How firing on V27  S.B. 90°  about 1 rd per 3 minutes
9.15 a.m.    4.2 How. firing occasional rounds on Millencourt area 89°

8th July 1918

1 p.m.           Hostile AA firing from S.B. 88° G.
1.50 p.m.      Hostile aeroplane over Lavieville
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.    Misty
3 p.m.           TM activity between Grid 70° and 75°
4.36 p.m.      7.7 mm bty. fired burst of 10 rounds on V29 Central  S.B. 86° 30' G.
4.37 p.m.      Small fire burning at F.19.d 4.0
4.42 p.m.      7.7 mm bty. firing occasional bursts on Millencourt  S.B. 97° G. aaa  4.2 Gun firing on W3.  S.B. 86° G.
5.18 p.m.      4.2 Gun firing on V27a  S.B. 90° G. - 3 rounds
5.25 p.m.      Smoke rising at about W28c  5.5  probably house burning
5.30 p.m.      4.2 Gun firing occasional salvos on Henincourt  S.B. about 90° G.
6.2 p.m.        4.2 How. firing on W14  S.B. 85° G. Rate 1 round per min.
9.12 p.m.      4.2 How. occasional rds. on Lavieville  Flash at 83° 30' G.
9.25 p.m.      Flash of hostile bty. 79° Grid  Very distant.  Area shelled unknown
10.15 p.m.    77 mm on W20  S.B. 83°  Intense rate
10.20 p.m.    Great artillery activity at about Grid 200°
10.24 p.m.    7.7 bty. firing HE with occasional rds. of gas on D5  S.B. 96° G.  About 30 rds. fired. intense
10.48 p.m.    Explosion followed by fire at 73° G. - apparently dump, fire still burning
10.49 p.m.    77 mm firing on Millencourt  S.B. 85° G.
10.50 p.m.    Now ceased about 20 rds.
10.59-11 p.m.    77 mm battery shelling V29a, intense rate,  S.B. 97° G.
11.5 p.m.      77 mm battery firing occasional bursts on Millencourt  S.B. 85° G. about 10 rds.
11.13 p.m.    4.2 How. firing occasional rounds on D6  S.B. 95° G.
11.27 p.m.    77 mm Bty. firing on MC  S.B. 92° G. 10 Rds.
12.10-12.30 a.m.    Artillery fire about Grid 200°
1-1.30 a.m.   TM's active at 140° Grid
3.25 a.m.      T.M. activity at 92° Grid
3.30 a.m.      Heavy drumfire at about 250°

9th July 1918

10.55 a.m.    Hostile balloon descending Grid 82° 45'
11.15 a.m.    Balloon up at 61° 062° 30'
11.17 a.m.    Balloon at 62° 30' descended.  Balloon descended in X23d.
12.15 p.m.    Visibility failing
2.35 p.m.      77 mm firing occasional rounds on V28a
3.15 p.m.      S.B. 83° G. about 10 rds.
3.25 p.m.      4.2 How. firing at rate of 1 rd. per min. on D6  S.B. 89° - 5 rounds
3.28 p.m.      5.9 How. at 89° G. now firing in Salvos on Henincourt - 4 rds.
5.15 p.m.      4.2 How. firing in salvos on Millencourt  S.B. 89°  2 rounds per 3 mins. - two guns - 4 rounds
5.35 p.m.      Two gun salvos 5.9 How. on V27a  S.B. 89° G. - 4 rounds. Now ceased
6 p.m.           Visibility improving
6.12 p.m.      Train moving S - N. Grid 87°
6.20 p.m.      Train behind Montauban. Train Grid 85° moving N. to S.
6.31 p.m.      Train at 81° moving N. to S.
7.25 p.m.      Two trains at 85° G.  each of about 18 wagons, travelling N.
8.30 p.m.      Light failing. Situation quiet
12.15 a.m.    Several Hostile Aeroplanes passed overhead
12.40 a.m.    Occasional TM activity
12.45 a.m.    77 mm concentration on Millencourt Henincourt Road
12.50 a.m.    Brittish (British) plane passed over, dropping bombs on Henincourt
?.25 a.m.      Hostile Balloons at 61° & 62° G.
6.55 a.m.      Hostile Balloons at 102° & 110° G.
8.42 a.m.      4.2 Gun fire on V28a  S.B. 88° G.
8.54 a.m.      New bearing of battery firing on V28a-82° 50' G.  Puffs of smoke seen, probably XY5. Engaged, Ceased 9.15

10th July 1918   Triple 91° 38'    Solo 91° 15'

12.15 p.m.    5.9 How. firing in direction of Senlis Valley.  S.B. 85°. Rate irregular - Air bursts
12.45 p.m.    5.9 How. firing on Senlis Valley, now ceased
12.55 p.m.    Hostile aircraft over Henincourt
1.5 p.m.        Visibility failing
1.18 p.m.      Visibility improved
3.16 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling D5 Grid D6a  S.B. 85° G. 1 rd. in two mins.. Ceased 3,23 p.m. 6 rds.
3.40 p.m.      HVG firing on V14 & V19.  S.B. 88°.  Rate slow.  Ceased 4 p.m.
4 p.m.           Visibility improving
5.45 p.m.      Train in distant ridge Grid 88° travelling S. to N.
6.25 p.m.      Smoke from stationary train behind Montauban Ridge. Grid 91° 30' probably in A6
6.55 p.m.      Cyclist on road 76a, 55, 8° disappeared F6a 25, 35
7.5 p.m.        Two men on track X26d or a 8.6 Disappeared at X26d 6.8  Individual movement. (2 or 3 men) in vicinity of Montauban hospital.
7.35 p.m.      5.9 How. firing in direction of Senlis at slow rate  S.B. 85° G. Ceased 7.55 p.m.  5 rds.
8.10 p.m.                             ditto                            ditto                                  increased to two rds. per min.  Ceased 8.15 - 10 rds.
9 p.m.           77 mm Bty. shelling D5  S.B. about 88° G.  Rate intense (15° G.)
11 p.m.         Single red rocket at 93° G.
1.20 a.m.      77 mm firing occasional rounds on front line area, flashes (very distinct) at G. 86°ˇ30
2 p.m.           Situation quiet
7.5 a.m.        4.2 H.V. Gun V28a  S.B. 92°  3 rds.

11th July 1918

10.50 a.m.    4.2 How. firing on Millencourt & D6, slow rate, battery cannot be located owing to strong wind, fired 4 rounds
11.18 a.m.    5.9 How. fired 2 salvos on Millencourt & D6  S.B. about 91
° G.
11.25 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling W14, rate slow, 2 Rds.  S.B. 75° G.
12.15 p.m.    5.9 How. firing on D6.  S.B. 85° G.  rate slow, air bursts & HE.  Ceased 12.30  5 Rds.
1.20 p.m.      Visual signalling observed G.B. 97°-30' about X20d, probably by heligraph (Heliograph)
1.30 p.m.      4.2 How. firing on Millencourt & D6  Bty. unlocated.  1 Rd per min.  G 105° ?
1.35 p.m.      Train seen on distant travelling N. to S.  G. 87ˇ50
1.50 p.m.      Reference 1.30 p.m. message, increased rate of fire, 3 rounds in two mins.  S.B. about 105° G.  Ceased firing 2.01 p.m.
2.10 p.m.      Smoke of train on distant ridge, going S. to N.  80°ˇ30' G.
3.10 p.m.      4.2 How. fired 1 round on Millencourt  S.B. 102° G.
3.45 p.m.      Visibility failing
4 p.m.           Visibility good
4.30 p.m.      Man seen on track 26d 5.5
5.15 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling Bouzincourt  2 Rds per min.  S.B. 85° G. 15 Rds.
5.18 p.m.      Visibility bad owing to mist & rain
5.35 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling Bouzincourt  3 Rds. per min.  S.B. 85° G.  Ceased 5.50  20 Rds.
6 p.m.           Man seen on track X26d
6.5 p.m.        Two men seen on track X26d
8 p.m.           Smoke of Train at 88°ˇ55' G. travelling S. to N.
9.35 p.m.      Received from 68th for night duty by 178 S.Bty
10.30 p.m.    77 mm rapid rate Henincourt Millencourt Road  G.B. 88°
12.15 a.m.    Lively artillery fire S. of 95° G.  T.M.'s fairly heavy  M.G. fire on brigade frontage

12th July 1918     E11c Bpo F19 & 4.1
12.45 a.m.    4.2 & 7.7 mm firing on V29 & V30  rate slow

3.30 a.m.      77 mm fired 20 rds. on Henincourt Mill. Rd.  G.B. 56° G.
6.15 a.m.      Handed over to 68 S.B.   signed - Linden 2 Lt. 178 S.Bty. ???

6.15 a.m.      Hostile Balloon at 79°ˇ55 G. descended 6.30
6.45 a.m.      Working party on Bécourt Road. Target engaged
7 a.m.           Visibility nil owing to rain & haze
6.10 a.m.      Heavy drumfire at about 200° G.

July 12th to 13th 1918

10 a.m.         Visibility bad owing to mist
11 a.m.         2 men seen on road in X26d going N.W.
11.15 a.m.    1 Lorry moving N. on road in X26d, only visible for ˝ min.
11.25 a.m.    Light failed owing to rain for 10 mins.
11.35 a.m.    Flash seen at 92
°ˇ55' G. area shelled unknown
11.45 a.m.    Clouds of smoke observed on distant ridge 75°ˇ30 G. - probably explosion of dump
11.55 a.m.    4.2 How. firing on Millencourt & D6  bearing cannot be located owing to strong wind, slow rate
11.47 a.m.    Visibility failed, very heavy mist
1.13 p.m.      Small Fire observed in X24d. 1.25 p.m. fire ceased
1.45 p.m.      Constant M.G. fire for periods of 1 or 2 mins. at about S.B. 95° G.  lasted for 5 mins.
2.45 p.m.      2 Horses & 3 men seen on ridge.  Bearing 110° G. near Cafkt? Wood
2.57 p.m.      Several men seen crossing Bécourt Road near Shamrock Tree from N.S.
3.50 p.m.      Horses grazing F11b & F12a  96ˇ30 G.B.  Tgt. engaged G.DD1
6.2 p.m.        5.9 How. firing Salvos on Hillincourt? & V27  S.B. 89°
WUZ1
6.55 p.m.      Man seen on horse at X26D 8ˇ8 disappeared at X26D 5ˇ5
7.20 p.m.      Man seen in track X26D

7.35 p.m.      Individual movement X26D one or two men
7.50 p.m.      7.7 mm firing occasional rds. on V23d  S.B. G. 92°  5 Rds.
10.20 p.m.    7.7 mm firing on Millencourt and D6. rate irregular  S.B. 88° G.  About 12 rds.
1.20 a.m.      Flashes observed at regular intervals of ˝min. at G.B. 82°
3 a.m.           Several single white rockets followed by double white rockets at 64° G.
3.15 a.m.      Situation quiet
6.35 a.m.      4.2 How. firing in direction Senlis Valley, slow rate 78° G.  S.B. 6 Rds.
6.55 a.m.      7.7 mm Bty. firing Salvos on D5  S.B. 9s° G. (10 Rds.)
7.25 a.m.      Hostile Aircraft over Henincourt

July 13th 1918

10 a.m.         Visibility bad, Situation quiet
11 a.m.         I.M. activity Grid 95°-100°
12 noon        M.G. Fire between 90°-95° G.
12.37 p.m.    4.2 gun firing on V27.  S.B. 90° G.  5 Rds.  Ceased 12.52 p.m.
2.5 p.m.        4.2 How. firing on Bouzincourt  S.B. 78° G. 2 Rds. per min.  10 Rds.
3 p.m.           5.9" How. on V29  S.B. 85°  Rate slow - Ceased 3.10.  Recommences 3.27.  Ceased 3.45.  12 Rds in all
6.30 p.m.      Visibility good
7 p.m.           Two men seen on road X26d
8.15 p.m.      Three horses & two men on track X26d
8.45 p.m.      Hostile plane over Henincourt
9 p.m.           Light failing
10.5 p.m.      small fire (probably dump) burning for 5 minutes at 76°
10.45 p.m.    Searchlight at 67°
1.15 a.m.      fire (probably dump) burning for 5 minutes at 175°
2 a.m.           Searchlight at 67° and 81°
4.30 a.m.      Bursts of 4 rds. 77 Gun on V28d  18 rds.  S.B. 95°

July 14th 1918

7 28 a.m.      H.V. Gun firing at slow rate in direction Bouzincourt  S.B. 105° G.
7.50 a.m.      4.2 How. firing at slow rate on Bouzincourt  S.B. 92° G.
7.52 a.m.      Hostile plane, 2 seater Rumpler over Henincourt for ˝ hour
6.30-8.30 a.m.    Visibility nil. Heavy mist
9 a.m.           light improving
9.15 a.m.      Hostile Balloons at G. 60°, 63°, 76°, 96°, 102°
9.15 a.m.      Hostile Balloons at G. 53° 57°
10.10 a.m.    Visibility fair
10.20 a.m.    7.7 mm firing occasional Salvos on Bouzincourt G. 82°  S.B.
10.45 a.m.    All enemy balloons descended
10.50 a.m.    77 mm firing occasional rounds on W25  S.B. 90°  5.9 How. fired occasional rds. on Senlis Valley 84°
11.30 a.m.    Visibility bad
12.15 p.m.    Visibility improved
3.50 p.m.      4 Rds. 4.7" How. on Bouzincourt.  Not located
4 p.m.           Visibility bad
4.3 p.m.        77 mm firing on V23  S.B. 85°  Rate rapid  Grid 4ˇ4  15 rds.
6.15 p.m.      Artillery activity Grid 140° to S.
6.20 p.m.      77 & 4.2 batteries firing on D11  Rate rapid  S.B. 103°  Ceased 6.24  30 rds.
8.40-8.44 p.m.    Slight T.M. Activity at 150° G.
8.40 p.m.      H.V. Gun firing occasional Rds. in direction of Senlis 85° G. 2 Rds.
9 p.m.           H.V. Gun firing in direction Lavieville 1 Rds. per min.  S.B. 85° G.  5 Rds.
11.15-11.45 p.m.    77 mm firing occasional rds. on D6  S.B. 93° G.
11.54 p.m.    Golden rain rocket at 82° G.

July 15th 1918

12.12 a.m.    Gold rain rocket at 84° G.
12.23 a.m.           do         do   at 82° G.
12.30 a.m.    Rocket bursting into two golden lights at 58° G.
12.50 a.m.    4.2 How. firing on D11  Rate bursts of 5 Rds. rapid.  15 Rds in all.  S.B. 92° G.
1.10 a.m.      Golden rain at 82° G.
1.40 a.m.           do           do
2 a.m.           Situation quiet
6.15 a.m.      Visibility Bad. Owing to heavy mist
9 a.m.           4.2 How. firing on V27.  S.B. 97° G. 1 rds per min.
9.55-9.40 a.m.    4.2 How. & 77 mm firing on D6  S.B. 92° to 95° G.  Rate rapid
10 a.m.        Visibility improving
11.25 a.m.    4.2 How. firing on Henincourt & V27  S.B. 78° G.  One every 3 minutes  3 rds. 11.35 a.m.
12.47 p.m.    4.2 How. firing on W14, rate 1 per minute.  S.B. 102°  4 Rds.

1.45 p.m.      Hostile balloons at G. 98°  78°  60°
2.10 p.m.      Visual signalling at ^ 87° probably by helio, target engaged by DD1  S23a 00.50 (8 rds.)
2.35 p.m.      Hostile plane over Henincourt
3 p.m.           Hostile balloon descended & ascended at 78°
3.10 p.m.              "              "               "               "
4.30 p.m.      Hostile balloon at 116°ˇ15' G.
5.5 p.m.        Visibility failing
5.31-5.33 p.m.    77 mm firing on W14 & D6, rate rapid  S.B. 90° G. & 95° Respectively.  Now ceased.  30 Rds.
7.55 p.m.      Drum fire at about 200° G.
9.25 p.m.      77 mm firing on D6  Rate rapid  S.B. 92° G.  10 Rds.
9.30 p.m.      4.2 How. searching tracks in V26  Rate 1 rd. per min.  S.B. 102° G.
9.35 p.m.      Taken over by 178 S.Bty.

July 15th & 16th 1918

9.55 p.m.      Normal
11.5 p.m.      Hostile Aircraft over Henincourt area

12 midnight             -                 -                 -
3 a.m.           All quiet
7.10 a.m.      Handed over to 68 S.Bty. ? Linden 2Lt.
7.40 a.m.      Visibility nil owing to rain
8.20 a.m.      Visibility improving
8.22 a.m.      Two men seen on track 26d
9.15 a.m.      Hostile Balloon ay 102° G.

July 16th 1918

10.2 a.m.      Hostile Balloon 56° G.
10.15-10.40 a.m.    77 mm gun firing on W25 & 26  S.B.  90°-95° G.  Rate rapid.  Now ceased  (13 Rds.)  Recommenced at 10.20 a.m.
10.25-10.30 a.m.    Hostile plane over V27 & D5
11.30 a.m.    Hostile balloons at 63°ˇ45', 98°ˇ45' & 118°ˇ15' G. attacked by R.A.F. unsuccessful owing to heavy concentration of AA fire. Also at 52°ˇ30', 51°, 41°  57° 50° 53°
2.30 p.m.      Hostile aircraft over Henincourt
4 p.m.           Hostile plane over V21
4.50 p.m.      Smoke of engine at 84ˇ55 G. proceeding N.
6.15 p.m.      H.V. Gun firing at slow rate  S.B. G. 75° area, shelled, unknown, 5 rds.
8.12-8 p.m.    Slight T.M. Activity 95° & 105° G.
9.10 p.m.      Occasional T.M. Activity between 65° & 70° G.
9.40 p.m.      T.M. Activity between 50° & 60° G.
10.10 p.m.    Occasional M.G. fire between 75° & 80° G.
10.20 p.m.    77 mm Bty. firing on D6.  3rds. per min.  S.B. 88° G. (6 rds.)
11 p.m.         Searchlight at G. 62°
11.5 p.m.      Searchlight at G. 55°

July 16th & 17th 1918

11.2 p.m.      Red rocket at 102° G.
11.10 p.m.    M.G. F. at interval between 65°-80° G.
11.50 p.m.    Searchlight at 81° 90°  95°  103° G.
12.25 a.m.    77 mm firing on W25  S.B. 82° G. 2 Rds. per min.  6 rds.
12.45 a.m.           "               "           recommenced at slow rate  4 Rds.
1.5 a.m.        Single red rocket 79° G.
1.30 a.m.          "         "      "     63° G.
1.35 a.m.      4.2 How. firing W30  S.B. 90° G.  1 rd in two men  5 rds.
8 a.m.           1 ?m drum fire at about 150° and farther South
11.30 a.m.    M.G. F. at intervals between 70° and 88° G.
2.25 p.m.      Heavy Drum fire heard South, still continuing
2.35 p.m.      Two stationary yellow rockets 68° G.
3.35 p.m.      1 Single white rocket followed by two more white rockets
4.20 p.m.      77 mm firing on D6  S.B. 91' 30° G.  3 rds.
4.50 p.m.      Hostile Balloon ascending 525° G. descended at 5.15 a.m.
5.20 a.m.      Visibility bad owing to rain & mist
7 a.m.           Lorry observed at 72°ˇ30' G. moving N. to S. unable to observe target owing to mist. Target engaged by some forward OP
7.5 a.m.        Visibility bad owing to heavy mist
7.45 a.m.      Hostile Balloons ascending 110°
9.35 a.m.      Hostile plane over Henincourt
9.55 a.m.      Hostile balloons ascending 58° & 62° G.

July 17th 1918

10.2 a.m.      Hostile balloon ascending at 53° G.
10.15 a.m.    Smoke from fire on distant ridge 64ˇ50 probably balloon
10.17 a.m.    4.2 Gun firing on V28  1 rds. per min.  S.B. 92° G. 5 rds.
10.17 a.m.    Visibility bad owing to Mist & rain
11.10 a.m.    Visibility improved
11.35 a.m.    4.2 How. firing ?11  28b 6.5  S.B. 92° rate slow. 6
12.20 p.m.         "                     "                     "          rate of fire increased 4 rds. per min.  10 rds.

July 17th to 18th 1918

2.10 p.m.      4.2 How. firing intense rate on V28b 65°  S.B. 92°  Ceased 2.12
3.25 p.m.      4.2 How. Batty. firing 28° G. 6.5  Rate 4 per minute.  Ceased 3.28
3.40 p.m.      4.2 How. firing occasional round on D5 a and c  S.B. 89°  Ceased 4.20 p.m.
4.50 p.m.      Shelling recommenced.  Ceased 5.25
5.25 p.m.      5.9 How. firing in direction of Senlis Valley  S.B. 88° occasional rounds. Ceased 5.40
6.15 p.m.      Shelling of V28b 6.5 recommenced salvos. Ceased 6.20  8 rds.
7 p.m.           Shelling of V28b 6.5 recommenced salvos.  4 rds.
7.30 p.m.      5.9 How. firing in direction of Senlis Valley  S.B. 84Shelling of V28b 6.5 recommenced salvos.  G. 1 rd per min. 5 rds.
8.30 p.m.      Visibility nil owing to rain
9.30 p.m.      handed over to 178
12.40-12.55 a.m.    Our artillery active on left flank
1.15 a.m.      T.M. activity at G.B. 110°
2-6 a.m.        Hostile artillery quiet over Albert Sector
5 a.m.           Distant bombardment in Southerly direction
6.15 a.m.      Hostile balloon G. 115° 93°
6.45 a.m.      5.9 How. firing on V28a  1 in 4 min.  S.B. 84° G.  15 rds.
7.25 a.m.      4.2 How. Bty. firing on V23d 3 rds. per min.  S.B. 89° G.  20 rds.
8.15 a.m.      Hostile balloons descended
9 a.m.           Visibility fair

July 18th 1918

10.55 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling Henincourt & V21  S.B. 92 G. rate 1 every 2 mins. 4 rds.
11.20 a.m.    5.9 How. shelling D5  1 rd in 4 mins.  S.B. 87
° G.
12.40 p.m.    Hostile plane over Henincourt
12.30 p.m.    *glass flashing seen at GB 93° 50' in the end of a red brick house co-ordinates about W28d 9020 object moving in a semi circular manner, probably reflection of sun on telescope, suspected OP
4.30 p.m.      Visibility failing owing to rain
5 p.m.           5.9 How. Bty. shelling in direction of Senlis  10 rds. rate 2 rds. per min.  S.B. 75° G.
6 p.m.           6 men seen on track near Shamrock Tree W30c 5.0 Target engaged
6 p.m.           Lorries & men seen in F6 50.20 target engaged D.D.1
6.40 p.m.      77 mm firing occasional rds. on V23 Bty. unlocated  5 rds.
7.15 p.m.      Visibility failing owing to rain
7.30 p.m.      Visibility improving
9 p.m.           Heavy drum fire G. about 200° and further south
9.40 p.m.      77 mm firing occasional rounds on Bouzincourt & V30  S.B. 90°
12.30 a.m.    Hostile aircraft over Henincourt
12.35 a.m.    Hostile search light seen at 65° Grid
1.45 a.m.      Fire burning at 87° 30 G in Albert
2.25-2.45 a.m.      Hostile plane over V27
6 a.m.           Visibility nil
7 a.m.           Hostile balloon at 108° G. 81°ˇ65°
7.5 a.m.        5.9 How. firing on Bouzincourt  S.B. 85° G. Rate 1 in 4 min.  Ceased 8.55  20 rds.
8.15 a.m.      Hostile plane over Henincourt
9 a.m.           Visibility improving

July 19th & 20th 1918

10 a.m.         Fire in Albert still burning 87°ˇ30'
12.55 p.m.    Two men seen on track X26d
1.20 p.m.      4.2 How. firing on Bouzincourt  S.B. 75° G. 3 rds.
1.40 p.m.             "                            "                            "
1.10 p.m.      4.2 How. firing on E1  S.B. 115° G. Rate 1 rd. in 5 mins.
5.10 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling Henincourt 92° G.  S.B. 1 rd.
5.15 p.m.      2 men seen to cross road in X26d. target engaged
5.30 p.m.      About 30 horses seen grazing in F12a target engaged by D.D.1, good results, horses scattered
7.30 p.m.      Two men seen on track X26d
7.45 p.m.      One or two men seen on track F6a also Lorry travelling south
9.30 p.m.      Drum fire at 200 G. and further South

July 19th 10-15 p.m. to 6 a.m.  20/7/18

10.10 p.m.    Handed over to 178 S.Bty.
10.35 p.m.    Drum fire by R.F.A. 150
° G.
10.40 p.m.    Airplane (hostile aircraft) over Henincourt
1.35 a.m.      Hostile Plane over Henincourt (dropping bombs)
3.55 a.m.      77 mm firing on D6 occasional rounds  S.B. about 95° G.
4-6 a.m.        North 44
                signed ? Linden 2 Lt. 178 S.Bty.

July 20th 6 a.m. to July 2?

6.15 a.m.      Hostile balloon at G. 115° 60°  65°  84°  98°
7.35 a.m.      4.2 How. firing on D5  S.B. 90° G. rate slow (10)
6.30 a.m.      Visibility nil owing to mist
8 a.m.           Shelling of D4a recommenced (20)
9.30 a.m.      Visibility improving
10.20 a.m.    3 men seen to cross road in X26d walking N. - S.
10.40 a.m.    7.7 mm firing salvos on D6  S.B. 90° G. 10 rds.
10.55 a.m.    Hostile balloon descended
11 a.m.         Visibility failing owing to rain
11.20 a.m.    5.9 How. Bty. firing on D3 & 4, one in 5 mins. G. 98°  S.B. (15)  Ceased 11.35
11.55 a.m.    4.2 How. fired air burst and two rds. on Bouzincourt Bty. unlocated
12.30 p.m.    Visibility improving
1.30 p.m.      Visibility good
3 p.m.           Visibility failing owing to rain
4.30 p.m.      2 men seen on track 26d
6.15 p.m.      77 mm fired two salvos on W19D  Bty. unlocated
6.30 p.m.      2 men seen cycling on road X26d
7.20 p.m.      4.2 How. firing occasional rds. on D4  S.B. 102° G.
7.30 p.m.      Drum fire heard at bearing of 208 G & further S.
12.10 a.m.    M.G. fire at G. 96°
2-4.3 a.m.     Situation quiet
5 a.m.           Visibility poor owing to mist and rain
6.15 a.m.      Visibility improving
6.25 a.m.      Several men seen to cross road X26D ????
6.25 a.m.      Working party on road X26D target engaged by D.D.1.  3 rds. find excellent results. 1 OK
7.5 a.m.        3 How. seen to cross road near Shamrock Tree W30c
7.40 a.m.      Visibility poor owing to mist
8 a.m.           Two men seen on road X26D
8.35 a.m.      Two men seen on track X26D
9.20 a.m.      Two men seen on X26D
9.40 a.m.      Train seen behind Montauban proceeding S.

July 21st 1918

10.20 a.m.    Train seen on distant ridge at G 89°ˇ45' proceeding N.
11.10 a.m.    Train behind Montauban ridge 88° proceeding N.
12.25 p.m.    Train behind Montauban ridge 88° proceeding N.W.
1 p.m.           Individual movement on ridge back in X26d, engaged
4.35 p.m.      One of our observing planes landed out of control in about V16 or 17 after attack with hostile planes RE8
4.35 p.m.      Working party seen at W30b 6.4 target engaged
5.40 p.m.      9.2" mm firing on V17  S.B. 80° G. rate 1 in 3 mins.

July 21st 1918 to July 22nd 1918

10 p.m.         Taken over by 178 S. Bty.
10.43 p.m.    Hostile plane over Henincourt
5 a.m.           Hostile balloon at 115
° G.
5.30 a.m.      Visibility poor owing to mist
6.30 a.m.      Hostile balloon at 87° 83° 64° G.
9.5 a.m.        5.9 Gun  S.B. 78° G. slow rate in direction of Senlis  2 rds.
9.25 a.m.      Train behind Montauban Ridge 88° proceeding N.

July 22nd 1918

10 a.m.         M.G. fire at intervals at 82° G.
11.25 a.m.    77 mm fired 6 rds. in W26.  S.B. 85°
1.5 a.m.        5.9 How. firing in direction of Senlis Valley  S.B. 82° G. rate 1 rd per min.
1.50 a.m.      Hostile balloon in flames at G 83° caused by our R.A.F.
4.20 a.m.      77 mm firing on V28b/  S.B. 82° G. 3 rds.
5.40 a.m.      men on track X26d engaged
7 a.m.           77 mm Bty. firing on V28  S.B. 82° G. rate intense. ceased 7.5
10.50 a.m.    77 mm & 4.2 How. firing occasional rds. on Bouzincourt  S.B. 78° & 80° G.
1p.m.            TM Activity between 150° & 200° G.

July 23rd 1918

5.30 p.m.       Gun fire heard at grid 200°
7.35 p.m.       One man with motor cycle seen on the Bécourt Road travelling South to North at fast speed
9.15 p.m.       Visibility nil owing to rain

July 23rd 1918

10 a.m.           Visibility nil
1.15 p.m.        Visibility improving
1.30 p.m.        4 men seen on road X26d proceeding N.
3.15 p.m.        Horses grazing F11c & F12a G.B. 96
°
3.25 p.m.        2 men seen on road X26d proceeding W.
5.30 p.m.        Occasional men seen near Baysaum? Rd. proceeding to Albert IN24b. target engaged
7.30 p.m.        Working party at G. 86° probably S23a screening road drum fire about 200° G. and further south

July 23rd. 1918

10 p.m.         Taken over by 178 S. Bty.
2.40 a.m.      77 mm firing on Millencourt (now ceased)
8.40 a.m.      one man seen to cross Bécourt Road near Shamrock Tree going N.-S.

July 24th 1918  -  Picquet O.P.

10.15 a.m.    Visibility fair
12.2 p.m.      Two men seen in W28a 7.8
3.50 p.m.      5.9 How. firing on Senlis Valley  S.B. 110
° G. air bursts 3 rds.
4 p.m.           Hostile plane over Millencourt
5.45 p.m.      One of our Field Btys. firing short shells dropping near our second line E1a 3 rds.
5.45 p.m.      Hostile balloon at 51° G. & 54°
8.45 p.m.      4.2 How. firing on E1b & E7 central  S.B. 94°  Rate intense
9.20-9.35 p.m.    T.M. Activity at 120° G. and further S. (9-5 p.m.)
9.40-9.45 p.m.    shelling of E1 & E8 recommenced  10 rds.
10.20 p.m.    7.7 mm shelling D6 & V30  S.B. 92° G. 10 rds.  2 per min.
11.15 p.m.    Small fire in Albert 64° G.
11.20 p.m.    Searchlight at G 59°
11.30 p.m.    Searchlight at G. 64°
1.15 a.m.      77 mm firing on V29  S.B. 73° G. 2 rds. per min.
1.30 a.m.      77 mm firing on E7D  S.B. 95° G. rate intense 1.55 to 2.20 rate off ????
2.15 a.m.      4.2 How. firing on W25  S.B. 115° G. 2 rds min.
4.30 a.m.      Visibility poor rain falling
6.40 a.m.      Smoke rising from fire on Albert  Grid 75°
8.30 a.m.      Three men at X19a on Albert-La Boiselle Road

July 25th 1915 ???  (someone was having a bad day, probably should be 1918)

10 a.m.         Visibility misty. No balloons. Raid staked. M.G. & Art. barrage
11 a.m.         Barrage ceased
11.10 a.m.    3 rds. S-9 HE E1a
12.20 p.m.    Bomb? D6a
2.30 p.m.      Visual with H3

5.15 p.m.      ?????????? on W29 G. 8.5 G. 95 30
????              Visibility poor, showery

25.7.18

8.40 p.m.      Car?????? up at 73.30 (X 19)
8.30 p.m.      Balloon

26.7.18

3.10 a.m.      Dump 58°
3.25 a.m.      Dump 58.30
5.25 a.m.      Wagon going N.E. W24a
6 a.m.           Balloon at 76°
6.55 a.m.      E2b 5 rds. 4.2

July 26th 1918

10 a.m.        Visibility fair
10.15 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling F.L. in W25 rate slow
11.10 a.m.    77 mm shelling D12  S.B. 70
° G. rate 2 rds. in 2 mins.
11.45 a.m.    77 mm Bty. shelling E1d  S.B. 75°  rate 3 salvos every 2 mins. Ceased 12 p.m.

2.35 p.m.      4.2 How. Bty. shelling V22 & D4  S.B. 70
° G. rate 3 salvos in 2 mins. Ceased 4 oc.
4 p.m.           5.9" How. shelling Millencourt  S.B. 75° Rate slow. Ceased 4.40 p.m.
4.30 p.m.      light failing
10.55 p.m.    77 mm fired 2 rounds on D6d.  S.B. 80°
4.45 p.m.      77 mm  S.B. 68°  10 rds. V22
5.30 p.m.      Visibility poor owing to mist
7.5 p.m.        77 mm Bty. firing on W25 & D5  S.B. 70° G. 3 rds in 2 mins. 9 rds.
6.30 a.m.      Visibility improving

July 27th 1918

10 a.m.         Visibility variable, rainy
10.34 a.m.    5.9 How. on D6d 91 1 round 77
° G.S.B.
1.15 p.m.      1 man walking east & another west along Bapaume Road
1.15 p.m.     
Visibility fair for a few minutes only
2 p.m.           Visibility improving
2.25-2.50 p.m.    E1c 12 5.9 How. 1 rd. per 2 mins.  10 rds. 80
° G.S.B.
4-4.40 p.m.    E7a 4.2 How. 1 rd. per 3 mins.  15 rds.  80° G.S.B.  Visibility Bad
5 p.m.           E7a 4.2 How.  80° G.S.B.
5.30-7.45 p.m.    R7a  4.2 How.  1 rd. per m.  150 rds.  80°  G.S.B. 50% duds.

7 p.m.           Intermittent T.M. activity from 50
° G. during p.m. North getting heavier at this time. During night quiet except for own Arty. and slight hostile machine gun fire.

July 28th 1918

5 a.m.           No Visibility. Mist on Valley
10 a.m.         Vis. Indifferent
10 a.m.         OP taken over from 57, visibility fair
10.15           Individual movement on La Boiselle Road 1 rd. 2 min.  E1W
11.10           77 mm firing on W19 & W23  S.B. 69
° G. 2 rds.
4.20             77 mm firing occasional rounds on V24 & 30  S.B. 82
° G. 6 rds.
11.55           5.9 How. Bty. firing in direction of Senlis  S.B. 78° G. rate of fire 3 rds. per min.
11.55           4.2 How. Bty. firing on W8  S.B. 72° G. 2 rds. per min.
12.25           4.2 How. Bty. shelling V12 & 16  2 rds. per min.  S.B. 70° G.

1.25              Visibility failing
1.25              77 mm firing on D6d  S.B. 82
° G. rate 1 rd. in 2 mins.  6 rds.
3.15              3 men seen entering trench from road in X14 central
4.50             77 mm Bty. firing rapidly  S.B. 82°
battery position probably EB11, shelled area unknown
5.25             4.2 How. Bty. firing rapidly on W8  S.B. 68
°  Ceased 5.35
5.37                             ditto                                ditto
7-7.5            77 mm Bty. firing on W8  rate 1/1/ rapid  S.B. 66° G.  Probable Position X8D
7.50-8          77 mm shelling D12  2 rds. in 3 mins.  S.B. 88° G.

8                  Visibility failing
8.45             H.V. Gun firing in direction of Lavieville  S.B. 102
° G. rate slow
9.15             77 mm Bty. firing on W8  S.B. 67° G. 10 rds.

July 28th & 29th 1918

9.40 p.m.      77 mm firing on D12  3 rds in 3 mins.  S.B. 88° G.
9.45 p.m.      has increased to PAPID (rapid?) and gas  Ceased 10.5

11.45 a.m.    Heavy drum fire at 27
° G. still in progress
12.36 a.m.    Very heavy firing by over field Arty. and machine gun on the direction of 160
° to 200°  Ceased at 12.50 a.m.
1 a.m.           77 mm  S.B. 99° G. firing W8 rate rapid. Ceased at 12 o'clock, recommenced 12.45

2.20-2.35     77 mm shelling V24  S.B. 80
° G. 2 rds. per min.
2.55-305      77 mm shelling W8  S.B. 70° G.  3 rds. per min.
3.10-3.15     77 mm shelling D12  S.B. 88° G.  2 rds. per min.
3.55             77 mm shelling D12  S.B. 88° G.  2 rds. per min.  10 rds.
5.30             Visibility poor, misty
9.00             Visibility improving
8.45             4.2 How. Bty. shelling D12 & 17  S.B. 88° G.  rate rapid  14 rds. now ceased

July 29th & 30th 1918

10 a.m.        Visibility poor
11-11.15 a.m.        5.9 How. air bursts  D12  S.B. 100
°  1 rd. 4 mins.
11.50           Sharp burst 77 V30  4.2 65°
3.55             5.9 Hows. Millencourt V30c  rate rapid  Bearing 100°
4-4.15          4.2 V221 24  S.B. 65° Intermittent
5.30             5.9 Millencourt 3 rounds
8.15             Visibility throughout 29th poor
12.15           77 mm  S.B. 106  E7  Sharp burst  20 rds.
12.50           4.2 How. 96°  D12  Sharp burst  20 rds.
1.55             77 106° G.B.  E7  Sharp burst  20 rds.

9 a.m.           Bombardment by us on left of Albert
9.17 a.m.      4.2 How. sweeping E1a & c  Rapid, unlocated, also E7a Rapid
9.35 a.m.      Shelling now ceased
9.40 a.m.      Normal
9.55 a.m.      Bombardment by us recommenced on left of Albert
10 a.m.         Hostile Bty.  S.B. 95
° shelling back areas Slow rate
10.3 a.m.      Normal. Visibility poor
10.45 a.m.    5.9 How. shelling back areas, one round per four minutes  S.B. 83°
3 p.m.           5.9 How. firing air bursts on Millencourt. Slow rate.  S.B. 75° Grid.  12 rds.  Ceased 3.35 p.m.
5.30 p.m.      5.9 How. firing on Millencourt. Rate 2 rounds per minute.  S.B. 75°  Ceased 5.40
6.15 p.m.      5.9 How. fired 10 rds. rapid on D5.  S.B. 75°
7.10 p.m.      77 mm & H.V. Gun shelling D12  10 rds.  S.B. 79° Grid
8 p.m.           1 rd. 5.9 on Millencourt  S.B. 75°
8.30 p.m.      5.9" How. shelling D5a Millencourt  3 rds per minute.  S.B. 75°.  Light failing
9.15-9.18 p.m.    77 mm battery fired 30 rounds on E16
10-10.30 p.m.     TM activity in E2a & c.
10.30 p.m.    77 mm on D6b & e1a.  S.B. 73°  Rate 3 per minute.  Ceased 10.35
10.40 p.m.    T.M. activity E2c
3.50 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling E1c.  Rapid rate.  S.B. 78° Grid. 20 rounds
4.20 a.m.      77 mm Gun shelling V29 about 15 rds. slow rate.  A.B. 70° G.
5.30 a.m.      Visibility nil, very misty

July 31st 1918

10 a.m.        Visibility poor
2.15 p.m.      W25a 77 mm Gun rapid  GB 85
°  Ceased firing 2.18 p.m.
2.48 p.m.      V24c 4.2 How. & 77 mm Gun Rapid G.B. 75° to 80°  Ceased firing 2.50 p.m.
2.52 p.m.      Millencourt 4.2 How. 1 rd. per min. Rapid  G.B. 80°  Ceased firing 3.20 p.m.
3.25 p.m.      Millencourt 5.9 How. 2 rds. per min. Rapid  G.B. 80°

Shelling Report

3.55 p.m.      Millencourt ceased 20 rds. fired
4.15 p.m.      E7b  77 mm Gun  1 Per 3  10 rds. fired  4.30  90° S
4.45 p.m.      Recommenced  20 rds.  5.15
6.45 p.m.      E7d  77 mm Gun  2 pre min.  50 rds.  6.20 p.m  80° S
6.45 p.m.      D6c  4.2 Gun  1 per min.  10 rds.  6 p.m.  85° S
6.15 p.m.      E7a  D12b  4.2 Gun  1 per 3 min  10 rds.  6.40 p.m.  85°

Picquet O.P. General

31/7/18

10 a.m.         Visibility poor
3 p.m.           Visibility good
7 p.m.           Visibility poor

August 11th 1918

10 a.m.         Taken over by 68 S. Bty.
10.15 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling Millencourt  1 Rd. in 2 mins.  S.B. 70
° G.  3 rds.
10.20 a.m.    77 mm Bty. firing on R7b salvos every two mins.  S.B. 92° G.
10.20 a.m.    Visibility poor, hazy
11 a.m.         Visibility improving
11.30 a.m.    Two men seen on La Boiselle Road going N.
12.10 p.m.    4.2 How. firing on E7c  S.B. 99° G.  Rate 1 rd. in 2 min.  Ceased 12.13
12.20 p.m.    5.9 How. firing on Millencourt  S.B. 71°  Rate 2 rd. per min.  Ceased 12.25
1 p.m.           4.2 How. firing on E7c  S.B. 103° G.  Rate 2 rds. per min.
1.30 p.m.      5.9 How. firing on Millencourt  75° G.  Rate 4 rds. per min.  4 guns.  Ceased 1.33 p.m.
3.45 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling E7a  S.B. 76° G.  Rate 1 rd. per min.  Ceased 3.50
3.50 p.m.      Two men on La Boiselle Road at W25d  Visibility good
7.20 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling D12.  S.B. 79° G.  Rate 3 rds. in 2 mins.  Ceased 7.45
9.15 p.m.      T.M.  M.G.F. Field Art. at 34° G. activity, smoke screen at 65°
9.35 p.m.      Ceased
10.50 p.m.    Searchlight 58° G.  64° G.
12                 Hostile artillery active at C.B. 45°
1.40 a.m.      Artillery fire well to our left 135° G. + further S.
2.20 a.m.      77 mm Bty. Shelling our front line. EA7b. Grid of Sounds 65°-73° G.  Rate rapid
2.30 a.m.      Shelling ceased at 2.30 occasional rds.
2.15 a.m.      Heavy drum fire down south about 140° G.
2.40 a.m.      77 mm Bty. shelling D5  2 rds. per min.  S.B. 65° G.
3.25 a.m.      77 mm Bty. firing on F.L. Rate 4 rds. per min.  S.B. 75° G.
3.30 a.m.      4.2 How. Bty. firing on D12  S.B. 79°  3 rds. per min.
3.45 a.m.      77 mm Bty. firing on E1a & 13  Rapid. HE & Gas  Grids of Sounds 65°-70°  Slight TM Activity
5 a.m.           Hostile balloon at 56° G.
4.45 a.m.      Smoke rising from fire at 60° G.
5.40 a.m.      Explosion at 120° G. probably mine or dump

August 2nd 1918

10 a.m.         Taken over by 57 S.B.
12 p.m.         Visibility v poor owing to misty rain clouds
12.28 p.m.    77 mm shelling Amiens Road. Rapid about 30 rds. from sound 80°
4.15 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling heigh D12b  1 per 2  10 fired Bearing 85°
4.30 p.m.      Hostile balloon ay 70° 17'
5.20 p.m.      5.9 How. Millencourt  7 rds 1 per 2  air burst  Bearing unknown
6.15 p.m.      5.9 How. Millencourt  1 rd. per 1  Presumably same as ? by air burst
6.30 p.m.      77 mm fired burst of 30 rds on F.L. at 83° G.  Bearing approx. 80°
7.5 p.m.        5.9 How. Millencourt  6 rds. fired 81° 1 per 1  81° G. S.B.
8.29 p.m.      77 Fired 30 rds. in sharp bursts in area of E7a
9.7 p.m.        77 Fairly active shelling are E7b. bearing 80° G.
9.30 p.m.      55.9 How. shelling D12b  3 per 2  3 rds. Rough Bearing 85°
9.35 p.m.      77 mm shelling F.L. X  1 per 2  10 rds. fired, flash bearing 73° Gas
10. 5 p.m.     Continuous fire on the right
10.30 p.m.    All quiet on the right
11.25 p.m.    4.2 Gun shelling Millencourt D6 Road, 68° G. 8 rounds fired
12.5 a.m.      Heavy bomb of the Enemy system by our heavy art., no signal light visible
12.25 a.m.    4.2 Gun shelling D6 Millencourt Road, about 40 rds. fired since last report
12.30 a.m.    Sounds as of heavy hostile shelling in the direction of Dernancourt
12.37 a.m.    4.2 Shelling in D6  Grid Bearing about 68° Grid Sound Bearing, 12 rds.
12.40 a.m.    Heavy hostile shelling in the direction of Dernancourt ceased.
12.53 a.m.    The above 4.2 Gun fired 8 rds. in area of D6
1.40 a.m.      The same gun fired 12 rds. in area of D6
2.5 a.m.        The same gun fired 10 rds. in area of D6
2.14 a.m.      Hostile shelling in direction Dernancourt
2.25 a.m.      Hostile shelling Ceased
3 to 5 a.m.    Shelling of Enemy System no retaliation or Signal lights visible
4.45 a.m.      Smoke barrage put down by us 45°-80° G.
5 a.m.           Hostile aircraft dropped white lt.

August 3rd 1918

10 a.m.         Taken over by 68 S.B.
10.25 a.m.    77 mm shelling E7a & b, rap. 1 rd. per mins.  S.B. 95
° G.  3 rounds fired. Ceased 10.30 a.m.
1.8 p.m.        4.1 gun shelling E7b  1 rd. per min.  S.B.  75° Grid
1.40 p.m.      4.2 How. firing on Bouzincourt, rate irregular  S.B. unknown
1.48 p.m.      Man seen to cross Mellincourt Albert Road in W27c entered trench going N to S - Men seen leaving trench in W27c walking down Millencourt Albert Road in pain about 50? between in direction of Millencourt, unable to recognise uniform. [probably our patrol]
2.45 p.m.      77 mm shelling E7c & D12d rate slow,  S.B. 95° G. 6 rds.  Ceased 2.58
2.42 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling W14b  S.B. 67°  Rate slow.  Ceased 3.20 p.m.
3.38 p.m.      2 men seen on La Boiselle Road walking S.W. X14c
3.42 p.m.      77 mm firing on E7c & area  S.B. 95°  Rate 2 rds. per min.
3.53 p.m.      Hostile Balloon ascending 50° 36° Grid.
4.7 p.m.        4.2 How. Shelling E7c.  Rate 1 rd. per min.  S.B. 103° G.
4 p.m.           77 mm shelling E7c & area ceased
4.55 p.m.      Hostile balloon descending 50° 30' Grid
5.35 p.m.      A A activity 42° and 40° Grid
6.7 p.m.        77 mm shelling Amien Road E7.  Rate 1 rd. per minute.  S.B. 95° G.
6.17 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Amien Road & area about E7 occasional rounds  S.B. about 85°G.
8.39 p.m.      77 mm Gun shelling E2a and b, slow rate  S.B. 65°G.
8.42 p.m.      4.2 How shelling D12d  1 rd per 2 min  S.B. 95°G.
9.14 p.m.      77 mm  S.B. 93°G. Shelling W26, rate occasional rounds
9.20 p.m.      flash bearing 56°G.  77 mm  4 rds. fired, target unlocated, battery probably XW2
9.40 p.m.      77 mm shelling D12c & d, rate irregular  S.B. 95°G.  Ceased 10.40
11.25 p.m.    Ditto  9.40 p.m.  Ceased 10.40
11.30 p.m.    77 mm firing on D11a & b  S.B. 95°G. rate 3 rounds per min. repeated every five mins.  Ceased
12.35 a.m.    2 x 77 mm firing on W25 & E1  Gas  S.B. 93°G. burst of about 20 rounds
1 a.m.           Single red rocket at 48° G.
1.5 a.m.        77 mm firing on W25 & E1, probably gas  S.B. 77° burst of 8 rounds
2 a.m.           77 mm firing on E7 & (unclear) rate 4 rds. per min.  S.B. 93° G. 4 rds.
3.10 a.m.      4.2 How shelling V23  S.B. about 95° G. rate of fire 1 rd. per min 15 rounds
3.11 a.m.      77 mm shelling E1b  S.B. 93° G. rate 2 rounds per minute  4 rds.
3.40 a.m.      77 mm shelling Amien Road E7 & D12  S.B. 93° G.. rate 3 rds. per min.  8 rds
6 a.m.           Visibility poor
6.30 a.m.      Hostile Balloons at 59° & 61° Grid
9.20 a.m.      77 mm shelling E7 rate 1 rd. per min.  S.B. 93° G.

August 4th 1918

10 a.m.         Took over from 68 S.B.
10.12-10.15 a.m.   
77 mm Gun on E7a  1 rd. per min.  G.S.B. 93°
10.34-10.38 a.m.    77 mm Gun on Millencourt  14 rds. per min.  G.S.B. 93°
10.39 a.m.    77 mm Gun on Amiens Road  1 rd. per min.  G.S.B. 93°
1.23 p.m.      Hostile Plane over our lines in Front of Albert. Driven off by M.G. & A.A.
4.35 p.m.      5.9 How. on Bouzincourt  3 rds. per 3 min.  83° G. S.B. 1 gun firing
4.30-5 p.m.  Visibility nil, Rain
5.5 p.m.        Visibility Fair
5.25 p.m.      4.2 How. on W26b  1 rd.  unlocated
5.30 p.m.      AAs active on G.S.B.  49°050° probably 3 or 4 Guns Firing Reptd. to 44a S.B.
5.40-6.5 p.m.    On Amiens Road  5.4 How.  1 rd. per 5 min.  6 rds.  Unlocated
6-9 p.m.        On Amiens Road 77 mm Gun  4 per min.  4 rds.  93° G.B.S.
6.20 p.m.      On E1a 77 mm Gun  4 per min.  4 rds.  75° G.S.B.
6.25-6.45 p.m.    On Millencourt  5.9 How.  4 rds.  1 per 3 mins.  85°  G.S.B.  1 Gun
7.30 p.m.      Misty

5/8/18

12.40-12.50 a.m.  E7, E1, D6 & D12  77 mm  Gun  4 per min.  81°  G.S.B.  2 Guns  40 Rds.
12.55-12.58 a.m.  E7, E1, D6 & D12  77 mm  Gun  4 per min.  81°  G.S.B.  2 Guns  7 Rds.
1.8-1.12 a.m.        E7, E1, D6 & D12  77 mm & 4.2 How. Gun  8 per min.  80-81  G.S.B.  4 or 6 Guns  40 Rds.
123-125 a.m.        E7, E1, D6 & D12  77 mm & 4.2 How. Gun  4 per min.  80-82° G.S.B. 2 Rds.
1.31-1.35 a.m.      E1 & D6  77 mm Gun  4 per min.  80 G.S.B.  4 Guns  12 Rds.
1.56-1.58 a.m.      77 mm Gun & 4.2 How. on Road E1  4 per min.  80 to 81°  G.S.B.  8 Rds.
2.24-2.34 a.m.      77 mm Gun  1 rd. per min.  Amiens Road  12 rds.  80°  G.S.B.
2.36-2.40 a.m.      E1 & Millencourt  77 mm Gun  4 rds. per min.  80°  G.S.B.  12 Rds.
3-3.3 a.m.             77 mm Gun  4 rds. per min.  Amiens Road  80° G.S.B.  12 Rds.
3.22-3.25 a.m.      77 mm Gun  2 rds. per min.  Amiens Road  80°  G.S.B.  4 Rds.
3.50-3.52 a.m.      77 mm & 4.2 How. on E1 Roads  4 rds. per min.  80-81°  G.S.B.  8 rds.
4.5-4.8 a.m.          4.2 Gun between Lavieville & Millencourt  86°  G.S.B.  12 Rds.
4.15-4.22 a.m.      4.2 Gun Millencourt  4 rds. per min.  86° G.S.B.  20 rds.
6 a.m.             Vis. Bad Heavy Mist
10 a.m.           Vis. Improving Slight Mist

August 5th 1918

                      Took over from 57 S.B.
10.75 a.m.      Visibility getting worse, Misty
11.30 a.m.      Visibility improving
11.55 a.m.      77 mm Gun Trenchs  W21  2 rds. per min.  H.E.  70° G.S.B.  10 Rds.

5 - 8 - 18

10 a.m.         Visibility poor
10.55 a.m.    77 mm firing on W26b.  S.B. 93°  Ceased 11.30  15 rounds
12 noon        77 mm fired 10 rds. in direction of Bouzincourt  S.B. 90°
12.10 p.m.    Visibility nil
1.50 p.m.      77 mm fired 4 rds.  S. of Amiens Road  S.B.  93°
1.46 p.m.      Visibility improved
2 p.m.           77 mm fired occasional rds. S. of Amiens Road.  S.B. 93°
2.25 p.m.      77 mm firing occasional rds. on Albert Amiens Road.  S.B. 93° G.
2.45 p.m.      77 mm firing on E2  Shrapnel Henin al? rounds.  S.B. 90°
3.5 p.m.        Light car observed on road F9d 80° 50 to F9d 80,75° proceeding N.
3.30 p.m.      77 mm firing on V24  rate 1 rd. per min.  S.B. 90° G. 5 rds.
3.45 p.m.      5.9 How. firing direction of Senlis Valley  S.B. 85° G.  1 rd. per min.
4.5 to 6.15 p.m.  Visibility Nil owing to rain
7 p.m.           Visibility good
9 p.m.           77 mm battery firing 4 Gun salvos on E7 central  S.B. 103°  Rate irregular.  Ceased 9.17 p.m.
9.20 p.m.      4.2" How. battery fired 15 rds.  Rapid in direction of D10.  S.B. 95°
9.35 p.m.      4.2" How. (95°) fired occasional rounds in same direction
9.40 p.m.      77 mm fired 4 rds. on W20  S.B. 89°
9.40 p.m.      77 mm fired 10 rds. on E2  S.B. 97°
9.45 p.m.      77 mm fired rapid on back areas  S.B. 97°  Ceased 9.47
9.52 p.m.      Occasional rounds 77 mm in direction of Bouzincourt  S.B. 90°
11.20 p.m.    77 mm Bty. fired 30 rds. rapid on V30b.  S.B. 90°  Ceased 11.24
11.47 p.m.    77 mm V30b recommenced.  Ceased 11.50  2- rds.
12.20 a.m.    Shelling on V30b recommenced. Lifted to V30a & V29d. Ceased 12.24  30 rds.
12.50 a.m.    Shelling on V30b recommenced. Slow rate. Ceased 1 a.m.
1 a.m.           4.2" How. fired 9 rds. on back areas.  S.B. 95°
1.40 a.m.      4.2" How. firing in direction of D5  S.B. 89°  Rate irregular
2.5 a.m.        77 mm & 4.2 firing on D5 & V30  3 rds. per min.  S.B. 89° 92° G.
2.40 a.m.      77 mm firing on D5  S.B. 90° G.  5 rds.
2.55 a.m.      77 mm firing on V30  S.B. 90° G.  5 rds.
4.25 a.m.      77 mm B7 firing on E7 Central  S.B. 89° G.  Rapid
4.28 a.m.      Sinnt? started on our extreme right about 200° G. & further S.

August 6th 1918

4.30 a.m.      Red rocket at 89° G.
4.45 a.m.      Red rocket at 89° G.
                     Double Red Rocket 89° G.
4.55 a.m.      Double Green Rocket 98° G.
4.55 a.m.      7.7 mm firing occasional rds. on the Albert Amiens Road  S.B. 103°
5.50 a.m.      2 men seen on Albert Bécordel Road going N.
5.30 a.m.      Distinct Flashes seen at 105° G.  Bois? Av.?
8.20 a.m.      77 mm firing on A-Amiens Road  S.B. 103° G.  Rate salvos every two. mins.
8.55 a.m.      77 mm on E2c  S.B. 103° G. I rd. per min.

10 a.m.         Visibility only fair
2.50-2.57 p.m.
  77 mm in E1b & E2a  2 per min.  S.B. 85°  20 rds.
4.5 p.m.        5.9 How. shelling D6a per
4.10-4.35 p.m.  4.2 How. shelling E7b  12 rounds  S.B. 100°  2 rds. per min.  20 rds.
4.15-4.35 p.m.  4.2 How. shelling Millencourt  1 per 2 mins.  2 Guns  S.B. 90°  10 rds.
4.20 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling D5d and D6a  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 85°  2 guns  10 rds.
4.50-4.55, 5.00, 5.10-5.25 p.m.  4.2 Gun or 77 mm shelling  V29  S.B. 85° 2 per min.  15 rds.  1 gun.  afterwards slower rate.  30 rds.
5.45 p.m.      Smoke of train behind far ridge at 90°
5.45 p.m.      Intermittent shelling of E7 with 4.2  S.B. 90°
5.50-6.10     H.V. Gun shelling rear areas  1 rd. per 5 mins.  S.B. 110°
7.10 p.m.      2 men on horseback coming westwards in F15a
7.50 p.m.      Intermittent rounds falling in E7b
7.50 p.m.      Shells going over to left areas.  4.2 How.
7.55 p.m.  77 mm Gun shelling D11  S.B. 90°  4 per min.
8.50-8.55 p.m.  5.9 How. shelling vicinity of Lavieville  S.B. 90°  3 per min.
9.20-9.25 p.m.  77 m.m. shelling 1000 yards night front  Millencourt  S.B. 90°  2 per min.
9.50 p.m.      77 m.m. shelling Lavieville intermittent bursts.  Flash 91°  2 rds. per min.
12 midnight  Searchlight at 120°, 125° & 85°, 92°
12.50-1.10 a.m.  77 m.m. shelling 1000 yards right front Millencourt  S.B. 90  2 per min.  30 rounds
1.15-1.30 a.m.    77 m.m shelling Millencourt - Albert Road  S.B. 90°  2 per min.  30 rounds
2.30 a.m.       4.2 How. Shelling V30  2 per min.  10 rounds  S.B. 9a°
2.35-2.40 a.m.    77 m.m shelling front area.  4 rds. per min.  20 rounds. 90°-91°  Flash
2.50-3.10 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling Millencourt - Bouzincourt Road.  1 rd. per min.  10 rds.  Flashes 80°
9.10 a.m.      T.M. active at bearing 87° (Sound)
9.50 a.m.      77 m.m. Gun shelling  V24  6 rds. per minute.  S.B.  Taken over from 178
10 a.m.         Visibility Poor
11 a.m.         Hostile Balloon at 125° Grid
11.5 a.m.      Visibility improving
11.42 a.m.    5.9 How. shelling V23  1 round per 2 min.  S.B. 90° Grid.  4 rds.
12.17 p.m.    77 mm Shelling Mellincourt Road Albert Road  W26 & E2  S.B. 90°  1 rd. per min.  12 rds.
12.57 p.m.    5.9 How. shelling Senlis Valley  Rate 1 rds. per min.  S.B.  83° G.
2.25 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V18  Rate 3 rds. in 2 mins.  S.B.  80°  (4)
2.25 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling Amien Road E7  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 85°  (4)
2.30 p.m.      77 mm shelling Amien Road  E2 & E8  4 rds. per min.  S.B.  100°
2.40 p.m.      4.2 How. firing on Amien Road  E2 & E8  Rate rapid  S.B. 100° G.  8 rds. fired
3.15 p.m.      4.2 How. firing on Amien Road  D12  Rate 1 rd. 2 mins.  S.B. 90°  10 rds.
3.20 p.m.      Heavy machine gun fire at intervals of 3 mins. at S.B. of 170° G.  occurred twice
4-5 p.m.        Occasional Shrapnel bursts observed over the W. of Albert.  Rate 1 - 2 mins. G.B. 100°  30 rds.
4.20 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Senlis Valley  Rate 2 rds. per min.  S.B. 100°  8 rds.
4.21 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling Amien Road  D12  Rate 1 per 3 mins.  S.B. 85°  3 rds. Recommenced 4.29
4.30 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling area around Augencourt  Rate 2 rds. per min.  S.B.  90° G.  8 rds.
4.35 p.m.      Light failed.  Improving 4.50
5.40 p.m.      5.9 or 8" How. shelling D18  Rate 3 rds. in 2 mins.  S.B. 95°
6-7 p.m.       77 mm firing on V23  S.B. 85° G.  Rate rapid
6.15 p.m.      1 man seen walking up the Bécourt Road  E5b & W30c & d going W-E
6.40 p.m.      2 men seen on Meaulte-Bray Road travelling E to W
7 p.m.           1 man seen on Meaulte-Bray Road travelling W to E
7.21 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling D18  1 rd. a min.  S.B.  95° Grid
7.24 p.m.      77 mm shelling E1 & 2  Rate rapid  S.B. 91° Grid  10 rds.
7.38 p.m.      77 mm shelling V23  Rapid rate  S.B.  103° Grid
8.5 p.m.        Heavy Drum Fire heard at about 200° G. & further South
9.5 p.m.        77 mm shelling D18  Rapid rate  S.B. 105° Grid.  Ceased 9.??
9.51 p.m.      77 mm shelling W19  Rapid rate  S.B. 91° Grid
10.2 p.m.      77 mm shelling D18  Rapid rate  S.B. 105° Grid
10.21 p.m.    77 mm shelling W20  Rapid  S.B. 87° Grid
11.47 p.m.    77 mm shelling W20  Rapid  S.B. 87° Grid
11.55 p.m.    Heavy Firing Started by our artillery further N.
2.40 a.m.      77 shelling Amiens Road D12  S.B. 105° G.  Rate rapid  Ceased 2.55 a.m.
3 a.m.           White light dropped from aircraft hanging over Albert
3.30 a.m.      77 mm shelling V23  Rate rapid  S.B. 95° G.  Now ceased
3.45 a.m.      77 mm shelling area about  E1 E2 Gun 8 HE  S.B. 100° G.  Numerous explosions seen 115° 1.125° Grid
+ 4.30 a.m.   probably direct bite on ammunition dumps
4.35 a.m.      Visibility nil
6.25 a.m.      77 mm shelling V24  Slow rate  S.B. 95° Grid
7.50 a.m.      77 mm shelling  V24  Slow rate  S.B. 105° Grid
9.20 a.m.      Heavy firing commenced by our artillery
9.40 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling Senlis Valley  S.B. 100°  Rate 1 rd. 2 min.
9.45 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling Amien Road & area about E8  S.B. unknown  1 Ci??ed 9.45  Rate 3 rds. per min.  Ceased 9.50

10 a.m. 8-9 August 1918 (Taken over by 178 S.B.)

10 a.m.      Visibility poor owing to haze
10.30-10.50 a.m.  77 mm gun shelling V23  I rd. / min.  S.B. about 87
° G, (20 rds.)
1-1.20 p.m.    77 mm gun shelling E2a  2 rds. / min.  S.B. about 87° G (40 rds.)
1.50-2 p.m.    77 mm gun shelling E13  1 rd / min.  S.B. about 90° G. (20 rds.)
2.15 p.m.      Flashes of H.V. gun observed at 101° G. Suggested position :- F10c or d.  Area shelled unknown  1 rd. / 2 min.  15 rds.
3.25 p.m.      About 500 Bosches & artillery & limbers observed on Bray Road in F25b moving South
4.30 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling D60  1 rd. / 2 mins., increasing to gunfire. No. of guns - 4  S.B. about 101° G.
5.30 p.m.      Balloon observed ascending at 117° G.
5.58 p.m.      1 Bosch seen on Albert-Bécordel Road in E5c going towards Bécordel
6.22 p.m.      Above balloon descended
6.30 p.m.      Party of 12 Bosches seen on Albert-Bray Road in F25b proceeding South
6.35 p.m.      1 Bosche observed on Albert-Bécordel Road afterwards observed entering outbuildings of Bellevue Farm
7.25 p.m.      Hostile Balloon observed ascending at 117° G.
7.45 p.m.             do             do              descending    do   do
7.45 p.m.      Hostile Balloon observed ascending at 76° G.
7.55 p.m.      2 Bosche observed on road in E25b proceeding N.
8.15 p.m.      3 small fires observed in Albert at 96°ˇ30' G., 95°ˇ30' & 92°ˇ45'
8.45 p.m.      Two green & three orange coloured lights observed @ 120° G.
10.35 p.m.    Six searchlights visible at 90°, 94°, 100°,  103°, 120° & 125°
10.35 p.m.    4.2 How. shelling Millencourt area  S.B. about 92°  1 rd. per min.  Ceased
10.50 p.m.    77 mm shelling V29  Gas & H.E.  S.B. about 90°  Rapid  20 rds.
2.47-3 a.m.   5.9 How. shelling Millencourt area.  1 rd / 2 mins.  S.B. 87° G. (5 rds.)
2.40 a.m.      H.V. gun shelling WARLOY  1 rd / 5 mins.  S.B. 90° G.
3.45 a.m.      5.9 How. shelling Millencourt area.  1 rd / 2 mins.  S.B. 87° G.
4.8 a.m.        4.2 Gun shelling V29a  Rate rapid  S.B. about 88° G. (50 rds.)
4.30 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling E2b.  1 rd / 2 mins.  S.B. 96° G.
4.50 a.m.      77 mm Gun shelling D11  2 rds. / min.  S.B. 130° G.
5.10 a.m.      4.2 gun shelling V29a  Rate rapid  S.B. about 90° G.  50 rds.
5.25 a.m.         do     do          V29c         do                 do              do
6 a.m.           Hostile balloon observed at 117° G. descended 8.28 a.m.
7 a.m.           Hostile balloon observed at 117° G.
7.30 a.m.      Hostile balloon observed descending a7 117° G.
9.20 a.m.      Hostile balloon observed at 117° G. descended 9.30 a.m.

9th & 10th August 1918

10 a.m.         Visibility good. Fire burning in Albert N. of Cathedral
10.30 a.m.    5.9" How. firing on D11  Rate slow  S.B. 91
°
10.55 a.m.    5.9 reported above firing on D6 and D56
11.10 a.m.    Battery reported 10.30 now firing salvos on D6a central.  Ceased 11.50 a.m.  50 rds. in all
12 noon        Hostile balloon ascended & descended at 117°ˇ30' G.
11.21 p.m.    Fire burning in Albert at 92° N. of Cathedral
12.52 p.m.    Balloon rising at G. 122°ˇ10'  Descended 11.45?
1.10 p.m.      One man seen at E24a 30,65 proceeding E
2.5 p.m.        Balloon at 122°ˇ10 rising
2.20 p.m.      Light car seen travelling South through F19, F29 & F30 along Maricourt-Bray Road
2.20 p.m.      Balloon rising at 115°ˇ40' Grid  15 rds. 77 mm on V23 central  S.B. ?5°  Ceased 2.50
2.33 p.m.      Balloon rising at 119° G.
3.5 p.m.        Shelling of V23 recommenced.  Ceased 3.20  8 rds.
3.10 p.m.      4.2" How. firing in direction of Senlis  S.B. 90°  Ceased 3.20  10 rds.
3.10 p.m.      Balloon at 119° descended & ascended again
3.40 p.m.      Balloon at 122°ˇ10' descended & ascended
4.30 p.m.      Hostile Balloon descended at 119°  115°ˇ40  122°ˇ10'

5.20 p.m.      77 mm on V27 and S.B. 88°
5.20 p.m.      Balloon rising @ 119° G,  Descended 5.23  Rose 5.27  Descended 5.40
5.40 p.m.      3 Enemy planes patrolling near Balloon at 119° G.
6.29 p.m.      Enemy balloon ascending 115°ˇ40' G.
6.45 p.m.      5.9" How. on D6d  S.B. 85° Grid.  Rate slow  Ceased at 7.45 p.m.
7.37 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling D6d.  S.B. 85° G.  Rate slow  Ceased at 7.45
7.40 p.m.      Several Waiti? rocket observed at 150° G.
8.15 p.m.      Double green rocket at 140° Grid  Several white rockets 160° G.
8 p.m.           5.9 How. on D6d  S.B. 85°  Rate slow  Ceased 8.50
8.40 p.m.      Light failing
9 p.m.           Fire in Albert ????????
9.5 p.m.        Hostile plane over F. line, travelling in direction of Senlis
9.5 p.m.        Reflection in sky from fire  99° G.  Several explosions
9.8 p.m.        Double green rocket 116° G.
10 p.m.         Searchlight 110° G.
10.2 p.m.      H.V. gun firing in back areas  S.B. 96°  Rate 1 rd. per minute.  Ceased 10.20  18 rds.
10.8 p.m.      Searchlights at 114° & 106°
10.15 p.m.    Hostile aircraft over line travelling W.
11-11.15 p.m.  Activity on V ???? pont? Haenilzer? firing in direction of Henincourt. not located
11.20 p.m.    H.A. over Henincourt
11.45 p.m.    4.2" How. firing on W25  S.B. 94°  Rate 1 rd. per minute.  Ceased 11.55
11.45 p.m.    Hostile artillery active Grid 75° G. to N.
11.55 p.m.    5.9" fired occasional rds. on Bouzincourt  S.B. 85°  Ceased 3 a.m.
12. midn.         Activity to N. ceased
12.13 a.m.    77 mm firing in direction of Millencourt  (12 rds.)  Rate irregular  S.B. 90°  Ceased 12.17
12.30 a.m.    77 mm firing on V23.  S.B. 90°  Rate ? rds. per minute.  Ceased 12.32  Recommenced 12.37  Probably gas (15 rds.)  Recommenced 1.45  15 rds.
2.5 a.m.        77 mm  10 Rds.  V23
2.50 a.m.      77 mm shelling W19 & 25  S.B. 90°  2 rds. per min.
3.15 a.m.      4.2 How. firing on Albert Amien Roads  S.B. 87° G.  6 Rds.
3.30 a.m.      77 mm  V23  S.B. 90° G.
4.15-4.25 a.m.  77 mm Bty. W26  S.B. 85° G.  bursts of 5 at irregular intervals
4-4.30 a.m.   Art. activity on our left about G60°  V. Corps. front
5.10-5.25 a.m.  77 mm Bty. shelling W25  S.B. 90°
5.30-5.45 a.m.  Recommenced
6.30 a.m.      Visibility poor owing to mist
8.20-8.65 a.m.  4.2 How. shelling Albert Amiens Road  Rate Slow  S.B. 88° G.

August 10th 1918  (Taken over by 178 S.B.)

10.10 a.m.    Hostile balloon at 122°  Descended 7.10 p.m.
10.35 a.m.    Hostile balloon descended (122°)
10.40 a.m.    Hostile balloon re-ascended (122°)
10.55 a.m.    Hostile balloon at 114° ascended
10.55 a.m.    77 m.m. shelling E7d  S.B. 91°  6 rounds
11 a.m.         Small fire in Albert at 92° 30'
11.20 a.m.    5.9 How. shelling V17 & 18  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 86°
11.56 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling Albert Amiens Road per min.  S.B.
12.20 p.m.    Flash of gun firing, about 5 rds. 1 min. interval.  Flash bearing 101° Grid.
3-3.15 p.m.   77 m.m. shelling Albert Amiens Road.  2 rds. per min.  S.B. 90°  20 rounds
3.15-3.35 p.m.  5.9 How. shelling Albert Amiens Road E7c  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 86°
4.29-4.40 p.m.  H.V. Gun shelling over area  1 rd. for 2 mins.  S.B. 97° ? rounds
4.40-4.45 p.m.  77 m.m gun shelling Millencourt  4 rds. per min.  S.B. 90°  20 rounds
4.45 p.m.      4.2 Gun shelling Lavieville  1 rd per min.  S.B. 89°
5.30 p.m.      Balloon at 108°  Descended 8.35 p.m.
6.30 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling Henincourt  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 87°-89°
9.15 p.m.      10 rds. 5.9 How. on V30B  1 rd. per min. 87°  H.V. Gun fired throughout the night on back areas.  Sound bearing 90°
3.30-4 a.m.   Considerable T.M. activity on our forward system
5 a.m.           4.2 How. shelled Millencourt  10 rds. 2 per mins.  S.B. 90°
5.30-10 a.m.  Very misty, visibility nil

August 11th 1918

10 a.m.         Taken over by 68  S.B.
10 a.m.         Visibility poor
10.20 a.m.    Dump burning in Albert  Grid Bearing 90°ˇ40'
10.40 a.m.    Hostile balloon up at 105° Grid.  Visibility good
12 noon        Hostile balloon up at 115° Grid
112.15 p.m.  Forward guns H2 registered
3 p.m.           Hostile captive balloon on ground in front of Hidden Wood  F10 central ra-sc 3.51 p.m.
4.35 p.m.      Large Explosion probably ammunition at 116° Grid
7.20 p.m.      Explosion probably Dump at 132° Grid.
8.5 p.m.        Enemy working party observed in E6a, they were being shelled by our artillery
8.12 p.m.      4.1 Gun shelling area to the right of Albert-Amiens Road, slow rate  S.B. 102° Grid
8.20 p.m.      Light failing
10.10 p.m.    Searchlights at 88°, 87°ˇ30', 86°, 82°, 105° Grid
10.50 p.m.    77 mm Gun firing on forward areas, flash bearing 98° Grid.  Rapid rate
10.55 p.m.    77 mm Gun shelling area behind Millencourt  Sound bearing 91°  About 10 rds.
12.35 a.m.    Small dump burning at 104° 30'
12.45 a.m.    About 20 rds.  4.2 How. gas shell in W25 & E1
2.5 a.m.        H.V. How. shelling V29 & 30  Rapid rate
3.5 a.m.        Heavy Gas Bombardment of V24, 29 & 30
3.35 a.m.      H.A. Shelling our front line area 95° & 105° Grid
4.10 a.m.      77 mm shelling W13 4 rds. per min.  S.B. 93° Grid
4.15 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V24  Rapid rate  S.B. 107° Grid
4.40 a.m.      4.1 Gun shelling "Senlis Valley"  10 rounds  S.B. 103° Grid
5.5 a.m.        4.1 Gun shelling Amiens Road in E7 & 8  S.B. 106° Grid  Rate rapid
6.30 a.m.      Hostile Balloon at 102° Grid
9.30 a.m.      5.9 How. shelling in front of Millencourt in V30c & D6a.  S.B. 93° Grid  Slow rate  5 rds.
9.40 a.m.      5.9 How. above fired one more rd.

               107.35                        103.45                           103.45  fire 106° 10 (written at top of new page)
August 12 th. 10 a.m.  Taken over by 178 S.B.

10 a.m.         Visibility very poor owing to ground mist
10 a.m.         Hostile balloon observed at 104
° 30' G.
10.15 a.m.    Hostile balloon observed at 129° G.
11.5 a.m.      77 mm Gun shelling E7b.  1 rd / 3 mins.  S.B. 102° G. (5 rounds)
12 noon        Visibility good
12 noon        Balloon at 129° G. descended
12.20 p.m.    Gun flash observed at 101° G. Area shelled unknown  1 rnd. only
1.15 p.m.      Large fire observed in Albert at 98°  flames lasted for about 5 minutes, probably dump
1.40 p.m.      Balloon at 104° 30' G. descended
1.55 p.m.      Balloon at 102° G. descended
2.15-4.35 p.m.      5.9 or 8" How. shelling V30d.  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 90°  slowing down to 1/3 mins.  35 rounds
2.50 p.m.      Hostile patrol flying over our lines - engaged by A.A.
3 p.m.           4.2 How. shelling W26c  1 rd. per 5 mins.  S.B. 104° G.
8 p.m.           Visibility becoming poor
11.25 p.m.    Flashes of gun observed at 113° G.
1 a.m.           Two fires burning at 106° & 132° G.  Continued to burn thro'out early morning
1.20 a.m.      77 mm gun shelling W26b  2/min.  S.B. 105° G. (20 rnds.)
1.50 a.m.      Searchlights observed at 98° G. 103°45' & 107°35' G.
1.50 a.m.      4.1 Gun shelling V28e  2 rnds./1 min.  S.B. 90° G.  Ceased 2.50 a.m.
2.15 a.m.      4 Red lights Hows. (there are 4 crosses showing position of red light, 1 bottom, three top) at 126° G.
2.30 a.m.      Dump up at about 160° G.
2.50 a.m.      T.M. activity at 90° G.
3.20 a.m.      4.2 Gun shelling Lavieville with gas shells  S.B. 90° G. (10 rnds.)
3.27 a.m.      77 mm gun shelling W26c  1 rnd/2 mins.  S.B. 87° G.
3.40 a.m.      T.M. activity at 120° G.
4.3 a.m.        4.2 Gun shelling Millencourt  2/min.  S.B. 90° G.
4.5 a.m.        4.2 How shelling E2a  1/2 mins  S.B. 100° G.
4.20 a.m.      Green light observed at 90° G.
7.30 a.m.      Fire burning in Bellevue Farm at 105° 45' G.  Visibility poor owing to haze

August 13th 1918

10 a.m.         Taken over from 178 S.B.
10 a.m.         Fire burning at 105° 45' G.  E5c 55
10 a.m.         Visibility poor
10.40 a.m.    5.9 How. shelling Albert Amiens Road  E2 & E8  S.B. 89° G.  Rate 1-3 mins.  3 rds.
11.7 a.m.      5.9 How shelling Albert Amiens Road E7 & E8  S.B. 89° G.  Rate 1 per minute  Ceased 11.40
12 noon        Visibility good
1.20 p.m.      4.2 Gun firing in direction of Lavieville.  Rate slow  S.B. about 103° G.  Ceased 1.45 p.m.  20 Rds.
2 p.m.           Hostile balloons descending at 105° 50' G.
2.15 p.m.      5.9 How. firing in direction of Senlis Valley  S.B. 90° G.  Rate slow
2.30 p.m.      Volumes of smoke observed on distant ridge at 121° 45' probably mine or dump
2.40 p.m.      77 mm shelling V30a  Rata slow  S.B. 8.5°  3 Rds.
2.50 p.m.      4.2 How. firing air bursts on V24c  S.B. 90° G.  Rate slow
3.20 p.m.      Balloon descended at 105° 50' G.
3.35 p.m.      4.2 How. reported at 2.50 now firing H.E. on V23  Rate 2 rds. per Min.  Ceased 3.45
6 p.m.           77 mm firing on W20  3 rds. per Min.  S.B. 89° G.  Ceased 6.30 p.m.
6.8 p.m.        4.2 How. firing on Albert Amien Road  E7 & E8  Rate 1 per min.  S.B. 89°
6.35 p.m.      Recommenced as at 6 p.m.
7.45 p.m.      Hostile Balloon ascended G.B. 99° 30'  descended 8.10
7.50 p.m.      H.V. Gun on distant ridge, flash observed at G.B. of 101° 10'  Area shelled unknown
8 p.m.           Fire burning at 129° G.
8.25 p.m.      Hostile Balloon at 105° 10' & 100° 20'
8.45 p.m.      Lights white on Bécourt Ridge
9.10 p.m.      1 White star followed by 3 white stars seen at G.B. of 119°
9.12 p.m.      4.2 How. & 5.9 How. shelling V23  Rate 2rds. per min.  S.B. 92° G. Rate reduced to 1 in 3 mins.
9.55 p.m.      Searchlight seen at G.B.105° & 120°
10.15 p.m.    4 suspended lights observed at G.B. 125° lasting 5 mins.  Red rocket (1 star) at 120° G.
10.45 p.m.    77 mm shelling E1  Rate 3 per min.  S.B. 91° G.
11 p.m.         4.2 How. shelling V23  S.B. 92° G.  Rate 1-2
11.50 p.m.    7.7 mm shelling W25 and E1  Rate 4 per min.  S.B. 89° G.  gas & 20rds.
12.5 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling Millencourt  2 Rds. per min.  S.B. 92° G.
12.10-12.25 a.m.  4.2 How. shelling V30a & W24c  S.B. 90° G.  Rate 2 rds. per min. (20)
12.20-12.25 a.m.  77 mm shelling E1  S.B. 98° G.  Rate 3 rds. per min. at irregular intervals (10)
12.35-12.45 a.m.  4.2 How. shelling D6  Rate 1 rd. per min.  S.B. 92° G.
12.40 a.m.    Searchlights observed at 130° & 127° G.
12.50 a.m.    Searchlights observed at 89° G.
1.5 a.m.        4.2 How. shelling D6  Rate 1 rd. in 2 mins.  S.B. 92° G. (3)
1.15 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling W20  Rate 1 rd per Min.  S.B. 87° G. (5)
1.25 a.m.      Fire burning at G. 105° 10'
1.25 a.m.      Searchlight at G. 165° & 170°
1.30 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling Albert Amiens Road  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 91° G. (5)
1.35 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V23  1 Rd. in 3 mins.  S.B. 92° G. (5)
1.45 a.m.      4.2 How shelling W24  1 Rd. per min.  S.B. 92° G.
2.10 a.m.      Red rocket at 120° Green Rocket  135° G.
2.20 a.m.      77 mm firing W19 H.E. & Gas. occasional rounds.  S.B. 98°
2.20 a.m.      Slight T.M.'s at 120° G.
2.30-2.40 a.m.  4.2 How. shelling W20  1 Rd. per min.  S.B. 92° G. AAA
2.30 a.m.      Green rocket at 135° G.
2.30-2.45 a.m.  Art. Activity on our left flank  V. corps.
2.40-2.55 a.m.  105 mm firing in direction of Lavieville  1 Rd. per min.  S.B. 85° G.
2.55 a.m.      Rate decreased slow

August 14th 1918

2.40 a.m.      Slight T.M. Activity 135° G.
2.45 a.m.      Several single green rockets at 150° & 135° G.
3.25 a.m.      5.9 How. shelling E2d  S.B. 91° G.  1 rd. per min.  15
3.35 a.m.      Double & single red rockets also single green rockets seen between 100° G. & 115° G. also slight T.M. activity
3.45 a.m.      Double reds 110° & 115°
3.55 a.m.      Single Green rockets at 94°
4 a.m.           T.M. Activity between 90° & 95° G.
4.10 a.m.      Hostile shelling of our lines between 85° 90' G.
4.20 a.m.      Rocket descended at G 115° bursting into white over white over white
4.25 a.m.      Single red rockets & double green rockets 135° G.
4.50 a.m.      Single reds, double greens, & rockets bursting into golden puffs between 120° & 130° G.
5 a.m.           Hostile balloon 65°
6 a.m.           Visibility poor, very misty
6.25-6.32 a.m.  4.2 How. firing on V23  1 rd per min.  S.B. 92° G.
7 a.m.           Hostile balloon at 99° G. & 105° G.
7 a.m.           H.V. Gun area shelled unknown  1 rd. every 2 mins.  Gun report very distinct 98° G.
9 a.m.           Visibility improving
10 a.m.         Took over from 68 S.B.
10.5 a.m.      Visibility - somewhat poor
11.15 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling W26a  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 90°
11.50 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling E7b  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 91°
3.30 p.m.      Visibility fair! (misty)
3.15 p.m.      2 Rockets observed on the Albert-Becordel Road at E5c 38 and disappeared in trench at side of road
7.25 p.m.      77 m.m. shelling Albert-Amiens Road (E7c)  Sharp burst  S.B. 90°  80 rounds 4 guns
11.30 p.m.    77 m.m. shelling right of Albert-Amiens Road
11.35 p.m.    77 m.m. shelling Bouzincourt  2 per min.  Flashes at 90°  30 rounds
11.45 p.m.    77 m.m. shelling E7c  1 rd. per min.  6 rounds  S.B. 90°
12 midnight  77 m.m. shelling front line  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 90°
12.50 a.m.    4.2 Gun shelling Lavieville  2 rds. per min.  S.B. 89°
12.50 a.m.    4.2 Gun shelling Lavieville  2 rds. per min.  S.B. 87°
1 a.m.           4.2 Gun shelling Henincourt  2 rd. per 2 mins.  Shrapnel  S.B. 86°-88°
2.52 a.m.      H.V. Gun shelling back area  1 rd. per 2 mins.  S.B. 5°
3.15 a.m.      Gun flashes at 90°, 97°, 120°
3.20 a.m.      Two red rockets at 130°  Two green rockets at 130-135°
3.30-4.5 a.m.  5.9 or 8" How. shelling at Millencourt  1 rd. per 2 mins.  S.B. 87°-89°  20 rounds
5 a.m.           Very misty - visibility nil

August 15th 1918

10 a.m.         Taken over from 178 S.B.
10 a.m.         Visibility poor
1.15 p.m.      4.1 Gun shelling V23a & b  1 rd. per 2 mins.  S.B. 96
° Grid
1.30 p.m.      Fire started in F13c & d, probably result of shell-fire
5.35 p.m.      Hostile Balloon ascending at 97° Grid  Descending 7.30 p.m.
5.47 p.m.      Hostile A.A. Gun firing at S.B. of 102° Grid.
6.10 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling E2  1 rd. per 2 mins.  S.B. 97° Grid
6.48 p.m.      77 m.m. firing on unknown target  3 rds  S.B. 97 to 101° Grid  Rapid rate
7.7 p.m.        77 m.m. firing on E8 a & b  15 rds.  S.B. 97° to 107° Grid  2 rds. min.
7.37 p.m.      77 m.m. firing on E8 a & b  28 rds.  S.B. 97° to 107° Grid.  Rapid
9.45 p.m.      77 mm Gun shelling D11  2 rds. per min.  S.B. 97° Grid
10.45 p.m.    4.2 How. shelling E1  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 93° Grid
11.55 p.m.    4.2 How. shelling E1  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 93° Grid
1.28 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling E1 a & b  2 rds. per min.  S.B. 91° Grid
1.30 a.m.      Fire at 101° 30' Grid
1.40 a.m.      H.V. Gun shelling back areas. Slow rate.  S.B. 85° Grid
1.42 a.m.      Single Green Rockets at 130° & 110° Single Red Rocket at 128° Grid
2.3 a.m.        4.1 Gun. shelling V23 area  Rapid rate  S.B. 93° Grid
2.18 a.m.      Large fire probably ammunition dump at 151°
2.22 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V30 c & d & D6 a & b  Rate 1 per 2 mins.  S.B. 86° Grid
2.27 a.m.      77 mm shelling V24d   3 rds. per min.  S.B. 90° Grid
3.15 a.m.      77 mm shelling V24d  3 rds. per min.  S.B. 90° Grid
3.38 a.m.      77 mm shelling E1 with Gas  3 rds. per min.  S.B. 85° Grid
5.50 a.m.      Hostile Balloon ascending at 104° 40' Grid
6 a.m.           Visibility poor
7.42 a.m.      Hostile balloon at 98° 30'
9.5 a.m.        77 mm Gun firing on W20  2 rds. per min.  S.B. 90° Grid
9.44 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling D15  Rapid rate  S.B. 103° Grid
9.55 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling E1 a & b  Rate rapid  S.B. 98° Grid

August 16th - 17th 1918  (Taken over by 178 S.B.)

10 a.m.         Visibility poor
10.5 a.m.      Balloon @ 98° 30' descended
11 a.m.         77 mm gun shelling V24d  Slow rate  S.B. 90° G.
12.10 p.m.    Hostile plane flying over our lines at great height
12.40 p.m.    2 Hostile planes flying over our lines at great height
1.5 p.m.        5.9 How. shelling V28b  1/5 mins.  S.B. 86° G. (Ceased 1.30  5rds.)
3 p.m.           Visibility good
7.50 p.m.      77 mm gun shelling E7  Slow rate  S.B. 105° G.
8.30 p.m.      Gun flashes observed at 101° G. 1/2 mins.
8.30 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling about V22  Rapid 2/1 min.  S.B. 90° G.
10.3 p.m.      Flashes observed at 98° G. & 95° G.  Area shelled unknown
10.35 p.m.    Two hostile planes flying over our lines
11.5 p.m.      77 mm Shelling E1d & c  Rapid  S.B. 90° 4/min.  Ceased 11.8 p.m.  12 rds.
11.55 p.m.    77 mm shelling W25d  Rapid  S.B. 90°  4/min.  Ceased 11.57  8 rds.
1 a.m.           Flashes observed at 86° Grid & 90°  Area shelled unknown
1.25 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V30d 94°  Rapid  Shelling ceased 1.27  8 rds.
1.40 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V30d  S.B. 94°  Rapid  Ceased 1.44 a.m.  8 rds.
1.50 a.m.      H.V. Gun shelling back areas  S.B. 85°  Slow  1/2 mins.  2.10 a.m.  10 rds.
1.55 a.m.      5.9 How. shelling V28  Rapid  S.B. 90°  4/p min.  Ceased 2.10 a.m.  60 rds.
2.15 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling E1a  Rapid  S.B. 94°  Ceased 2.20  2 p. min.  10 rds.
2.25 a.m.      5.9 How. shelling V28  Rapid  S.B. 90°  2 p min.  2.35  2 Guns  20 rds.
2.40 a.m.      H.V. Gun shelling back areas  S.B. 85°  Slow  1/2 mins.  Ceased 3 a.m.  10 rds.
2.45 a.m.      5.9 How. shelling V28  Rapid  S.B. 90°  4/p min.
2.55 a.m.      5.9 How. Ceased shelling  40 rds.
3.35-3.50 a.m.  4.2 How. shelling E2 E7  Rapid  Shrapnel  S.B. 105° G.  30 rds.
7.15 a.m.      Hostile balloon ascended at 104° 15'
7.30 a.m.      Hostile balloon descended at 104° 15'  (Behind Caftel? Wood)
9.25 a.m.      One Bosche seen walking about on bank in F13c 5.8

August 17th - 18th 1918

10 a.m.         Taken over by 68 S.B.
                     Visibility good
10.45 a.m.    Hostile balloon ascending at 100
° 10' G.  Descended 1.15
11.2 a.m.      77 mm shelling W25a  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 92° G.  Ceased 11.15
11.20 a.m.    77 mm shelling V24d & V30b  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 90° G.  Ceased 11.30
11.45 a.m.    105 Gun shelling Lavieville  Rate 1 rd. per min.  S.B. 100° G.  3 rds.
1 p.m.           77 mm firing on D5  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 100° G.  Ceased 1.5 p.m.
1.20 p.m.      Hostile balloon ascending at 97° 15'
1.10 p.m.      Hostile balloon ascending at 100° 70' G.
1.40 p.m.      77 mm shelling D5d  Rate slow  S.B. 98° G.
2.10 p.m.      Flashes of H.V. gun, very distinct at 104° 50' G., probably F18c  Area shelled unknown  Rate of fire 1 rd. per min.  5 rds.
2.15-3.15 p.m.  4.2 How. shelling D10  Rate 1 rd. per 2 mins.  S.B. 91° G.
2.?0 p.m.      Smoke rising between Montauban ridge between 85°-90°
2.45 p.m.      4 men seen cross Bécourt Road N. Shamrock Tree, disappeared behind Bécourt Road
2.50 p.m.      Balloon descended at 100° 10' G. + 97° 15'
3 p.m.           Man seeing coming down Bécourt Road disappearing in trench on Black Wood
3.40 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling D10  1 rd. per 2 mins.  S.B. 90° G.
6.40-6.55 p.m.  5.9 How. shelling D10  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 92° G.
6.40-6.50 p.m.  4.2 Gun firing on Albert Amiens Road about D16  S.B. 98° G.  1 rd. per min.
6.45 p.m.      2 men seen on the Albert Becordel Road proceeding S. E.
6.50 p.m.      1 man seen on the Albert Becordel Road going towards Albert
6.55 p.m.      5.9 How. rate of fire increased  4 2 rds. per min.
7.15 p.m.      2 men seen on the Albert Becordel Road E5c 3.8 disappeared in trench side of road
7.10-7.35 p.m.  5.9 How.  Rate of fire decreased to 1 rd. per min.
7.35-7.45 p.m.  firing salvos
7.50-8 p.m.  Occasional rounds
8 p.m.           4.2 How? shelling D11c  S.B. 105° G.  5 rds.
8.25 p.m.      4.2 Gun shelling D4  Rate 1 rd. in 2 mins.  S.B. 98° G.
8.25-8.30 p.m.  5.9 How. shelling D10  Rate 1 rd. per min.  S.B. 92° G.

MISSING

1.5 a.m.        Dump blew up Grid 120°
1.15 a.m.      77 mm shelling E7b  S.B. 100° about 6 rds.
1.25 a.m.      ? of Red, green & Salman ly??? Grid 120 to 130°
1.38 a.m.      ? shelling E2  S.B. 96°  1 per minute  Ceased 1.40
1.50 a.m.      4.2 How. Bty. shelling W27 & D6  2 rds. per min.  S.B. 85° G.
2.10 a.m.      now E2 & 7
2.15-2.55 a.m.  Recommenced on D6  Rate 1 rd. in 2 mins.  V23  2.45
2.45-2.55 a.m.  H.V. Gun firing in direction of Baizieux  1 rd. 3 mins.  S.B. 98° G.
2.50 a.m.      Several single green & red rockets between 120° & 130°
3.10-3.20 a.m.  Fire burning at 93° G. followed by explosion dump
3.30 a.m.      Several double red rockets between 120° & 130° G.
3.35 a.m.      Several double & single green rockets 120° & 130° G.
3-4 a.m.        Fire on distant ridge at G. 132°  dump
3.50-4.5 a.m.  105 mm shelling Bouzincourt  2 rds. per min.  S.B. 84° G.
3.50-4.35 a.m.  105 mm shelling Lavieville  1 rds. per min.  S.B. 100° G  (5)
4.20 a.m.      Double & single green 120° & 150° G.
4.55 a.m.      77 mm shelling V22  2 rds. per min.  S.B. 85° G.  10 rds.
7.45 a.m.      Large volume of smoke on distant ridge 106° G.
9.15 a.m.      Working party of 5 or 6 men on Bécourt Road near Shamrock Tree, target engaged
10 a.m.         Taken over by 178 S.B.
10.5 a.m.      Visibility - very good
10.30 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling E7c  1 rd. pre min.  S.B. 100  5 rounds
11.34 a.m.    77 m.m. shelling E8c  2 rds. per min.  S.B. 89°  10 rounds
11.40 a.m.    Balloon at 126°  Descended 12.50
12.55 p.m.    Small dump blown up at 125°
3 p.m.           5.9 How. shelling Millencourt  1 rd. per 2 mins.  S.B. 90°  10 rounds
4.15 p.m.      Smoke on Montauban Ridge at 91°  Probably train
4.20 p.m.      6.9 How. shelling Millencourt  1 rd. per 2 mins.  S.B. 96°  15 rds.
7 p.m.           5.9 How. shelling V29 & 23  2 rds. per min.  S.B. 90°  2 guns  20 rounds
11 p.m.         77 mm shelling front line  2 rds. per min.  S.B. 90°  20 rounds
12.15 a.m.    4.2 gun shelling Henincourt area  1 ed. per min.  S.B. 88°  10 rounds
1 a.m.           4.2 gun shelling V28  2 rds. per min.  S.B. 88 °  15 rounds
1.11 a.m.      77 mm shelling Millencourt-Albert Road  4 rds. per min.  S.B. 90°  20 rounds
1.30 a.m.      H.V. gun shelling rear areas  S.B. 92°  1 rd. per 3 or 4 mins.  Indistinct flash
3.40 a.m.      Single green rockets to extreme right
4.20 a.m.      Small dump at 129°
4.30 a.m.      5.9 How shelling V29  S.B. 95° 10 rounds
5.30 a.m.      Hostile balloon at 102°
6.45 a.m.      Hostile balloon at 106°
7 a.m.           Hostile balloon at 112°
10 a.m.         Visibility good
10.15-10.45 a.m.  All hostile balloons descended
11.10 a.m.    Smoke behind Montauban ridge G. 90° probably train
11.50 a.m.    77 mm How gun firing on °28  Rate slow  S.B. 84°  Ceased 12.15  20 rds.
12.15 p.m.    4.2 How. fired 4 rounds on V28  S.B. 85°
1.50 p.m.      77 mm shelling V28  2 rds.  S.B.  82° Grid.
2.40 p.m.      77 mm shelling E8  1 per min.  S.B. 103° Grid
3.45 p.m.      Balloon up at 124° 45'
5.20 p.m.      Balloon rising at 100° 15'
5.30 p.m.      2 rds. 77 mm in direction of Lavieville  S.B. 85°
5.30 p.m.      Balloon at 124° 45' descended
5.40 p.m.      77 mm firing on V30a & D6b  S.B. 83°  Rate slow  Ceased 5.50  6 rds.
5.44 p.m.      Balloon rising at 104° 40'
5.50 p.m.      Balloon up at 100° 30'
6.1 p.m.        Balloon rising at 97° 55'
6.10 p.m.      5.9" How. Battery shelling D15  S.B. 96°  Rate rapid  Ceased 6.32  (30 rds.)
6.25 p.m.      4.2" How. firing on W19  S.B. 83°  1 rd. per 8 minutes  Ceased 6.37
6.50 p.m.      Balloon at 100° 30' descended
7.8 p.m.        77 mm firing on V22  S.B. 83°  3 rounds per minute  Ceased 7.11  10 rounds
7.14 p.m.      4.2" How. fired 10 rds. rapid on W19  S.B. 87°
7.30 p.m.      Light failing.  Balloons at 97°55' & 104°40'  Descended
9.40 p.m.      T.M. Activity 115°Grid
10.10 p.m.    77 mm shelling V30d.  10 rds. rapid  S.B. 90°
10.13 p.m.    77 mm shelling V30d.  6 rds.
10.45 p.m.    Shelling recommences. Same battery  Ceased 10.49  15 rds.
10.47 p.m.    77 mm now on V29
11.5 p.m.      77 mm fired 3 rounds on W27c  S.B. 92°
11.50 p.m.    77 mm fired 10 rd. on W13  S.B. 84°
12.3 a.m.      77 mm firing on V30a & c.  S.B. 85°  15 rds.  Ceased 12.5
12.6 a.m.      77 mm (84°) fired 15rds. on V30 G.
1 a.m.           5.9" Gun firing on Warloy  S.B. 92°  Rate slow  Ceased 2.5
1.15 a.m.      77 firing on V24  S.B. 84°  Rate 3 rounds per minute.  Ceased 1.21  20 rds.
1.18 a.m.      Reflection from fire 115° Grid.  Burnt for 4 minutes
1.30 a.m.      4.2" How. firing on E8  S.B. 93°  Rate 2 rds. per minute.  Ceased 1115?  30 rds.
3.15 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling D11  S.B. 100° Grid
4.40 a.m.      Fire probably Dump at 91° 30 Grid
6.30 a.m.      Visibility poor
9.20 a.m.      77 mm on E7.  S.B. 94°  Occasional rounds
10 a.m.         Visibility fair
10.11 a.m.    Occasional rounds 77 mm falling in E7.  no S.B. obtainable
11.12 a.m.    Air bursts over Millencourt followed by Ground bursts  5.9 How.  S.B. 90°  1/3 mins.
11.12 a.m.    Also 4.2 Gun in W25 & V30   20 rds.  2 per min.
11.50 a.m.    Two distinct S.B.'s of 5.9 or larger How's
12.10-1 p.m.  Shelling D5a & V29c 90° G. & 100° G.  (50 rnds.)
2.20 p.m.      Balloon went up at 104°
2.34 p.m.      Balloon came down at 104°
3.55 p.m.      Five? H.E. bursting over D17  1 per 2 mins.  S.B.?
4.40 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V29d  1/3 mins.  S.B. 105° G.  5 rnds. 10 mins.
5.30 p.m.      Occasional 4.2 on E7b  S.B.?
6.55-7.10 p.m.  77 mm gun shelling about D18  S.B. 95° G.  40 rds. 4/min.
7.30 p.m.      77 mm gun shelling about D18 Burst  S.B. 95°
8.30 p.m.      4.2 gun shelling vicinity of Lavieville  S.B. 90  2 per. min.  30 rds.
12.10 a.m.    4.2 gun shelling about Lavieville  2 rds. per minute.  S.B. 96°
1 a.m.           S.B. of H.V. gun, probably shelling Warloy 90° another H.V. gun shelling in direction of Lavieville  S.B. 100°  1 rd. per 5 mins.
1.20 a.m.      4.2 gun shelling V30a  S.B. 95°  4 rds. per minute
1.38 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling E3a. 1 rd per 2 mins.  S.B. 105°
2.45 a.m.      4.2 gun shelling vicinity of Henincourt  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 95°
4.5 a.m.        5.9 How. shelling Millencourt  1 rd. per min.  S.B. 90°
4.20 a.m.      4.2 gun shelling vicinity of Henincourt  2 rds. per minute.  S.B. 85°  Shelling of Millencourt still continues
4.37 a.m.      Shelling of Millencourt ceased & shelling of Henincourt still continues

21st August 1918

10 a.m.         Visibility very poor
11.50 a.m.    Hostile balloon at 104° Grid.  Visibility good
11.55 a.m.    Hostile balloon at 97° 55', 100° 15', 110° 40', Grid 124°
12.25 p.m.    Hostile balloon in flames at 100° 15' G. caused by our R.A.F.
10.45 p.m.    Hostile artillery activity nil
2.50 p.m.      5.9 How. shelling V22  Slow rate  S.B. 90° G.  AAA  5 rd
2.50 p.m.      77 mm shelling V30a  Slow rate  S.B. 89° G.  Ceased 3.15  10 rds.
3.5 p.m.        5.9 How. shelling V22 recommenced firing  Slow rate  Ceased 5.15 p.m.  3 more rds.
4.10 p.m.      All balloons descended
4.45 p.m.      77 mm Gun shelling V24  S.B. 89°  Two guns  About 20 rds.
4.55 p.m.      77 mm Bty. shelling V30a Salvos  S.B. 89° G.  4 guns  50 rds.
5.15 p.m.      Shell Hump? up at 110° Grid.
7.45 p.m.      Smoke box bursts at 118° G. & 105° G.
9.30-10.40 p.m.  4.2 Gun shelling back areas  S.B. 90° G.  Rate 1 rd. per 5 mins.  10 oc. 1-15 mins.
9.35-9.40 p.m.    77 mm Firing shrapnel on Henincourt  1 rd. in 2 mins.  S.B. 95° G.  1-5 mins. 10.50 - 5 min.
9.50 p.m.      77 mm shelling V24  3r rds. in 2 mins.  S.B. 85° G.  (10)
10.15 p.m.    4.2 Gun shelling Albert Amiens Road D12  S.B. 104° G.  1 rd. per min.  5 rds.
10.15 p.m.    Recommenced 10 rds.
10.30 p.m.    Searchlight at 85°
10.45 p.m.    77 mm shelling V19  S.B. 86° G.  15 rds. Rapid
10.50 p.m.    77 mm Bty. shelling V23  S.B. 85° G.  2 rd. per min.  Now ceased (20 rds.)
11.35 p.m.    5.9 How shelling V24d  1 rd. in 2 mins.  S.B. 92° G.  Air bursts  (10)
11.?7 p.m.    4.2 gun shelling Henincourt  S.B. 90° G.  1 rd. per min.  Shrapnel 5 rds.
12 midnight  77 mm shelling V23  S.B. 85° G.  12 rds.
12.15 a.m.    5.9 How. firing air bursts on V24  S.B. 92° G.  Rate 1 rd. in 2 mins.  5 rds.
12.35 a.m.    77 mm Bty. firing on the Albert Amiens Road  S.B. 98° G.  Rate occasional bursts of 5 rds.
12.50 a.m.    H.V. Gun firing in direction of Contary??  S.B. 100° G.  Rate slow
1.10 a.m.      77 mm Bty. firing on V30a & c.  S.B. 89° G.  Rate rapid  Gas.  20 rds.
1.20 a.m.      77 mm Bty. firing on V30a & c.  S.B. 89° G. Rate rapid  10 rds.
1.25 a.m.      77 mm Bty. firing on V30a  S.B. 89° G.  Rate rapid  10 rds.
1.40 a.m.      H.E. & gas
2.20 a.m.      5.9 How. shelling Albert Amiens Road  S.B. 91° G.  Rate 1 rd. in 2 mins.
2.35 a.m.      5.9 How. shelling V24   S.B. 92°  Rapid rate  delay or gas  About 15 rds.  Gased 3.45
2.50 a.m.      77 mm Guns firing gas on V29a & c  Rapid rate  S.B. 83°  About 20 rds.
3 a.m.           5.9 How. shelling V24  S.B. 92°  Rapid rate 26 rds. in all Gas.  Ceased 3.12
3.15 a.m.      77 mm Gun fired  5 rds.  H.E. on Albert Amiens Road.  S.B. 98° Grid
3.20 a.m.      77 mm Gun firing on V30a & c.  Rate rapid  About 30 rds. Gas.  S.B. 89° G.  5.9 How. firing on V24  5 rds. H.E.  S.B. 92°  Both ceased 3.30
3.45 a.m.      77 mm shelling Albert Amiens Road  5 rds. H.E.  S.B. 98° Grid
4.30 a.m.      4.2 Gun shelling Albert Amiens Road  S.B. 89° G.  About 10 rds.
6.40 a.m.      H.V. Gun shelling back areas  Rate 2 rds. per min.  S.B. 93° G.
4.40 a.m.      Stunt? started
9 a.m.           Hostile Balloon 96° 40'  104° 30' Grid 125°
9.5 a.m.        Fire burning in Albert at 93° Grid
9.25 a.m.      5 rounds 5.9 on Albert Amiens Road in E3c.  S.B. unobtainable

August 22nd 1918

10 a.m.         Visibility - misty
10.5 a.m.      Balloon at 95
° 10'
11.15 a.m.    Balloon brought down in flames at 103° 25'
11.20 a.m.    H.V. gun shelling back areas.  S.B. 92°
11.25 a.m.    Balloon at 72°
12 noon        Column of smoke at 95°
12.26 p.m.    Balloons going up at 95° and 110°
2.5 p.m.        Two men walking in direction of Shamrock Tree in E6a
1.30 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling E3a.  2 rds. per min.  20 rds.  S.B. 89°
2.15 p.m.      Large dump burning at 100°
2.15 p.m.      Visibility improving
3.30 p.m.      H.V. Gun shelling over areas S.B. 97°
6.30-8 p.m.   Gas concentrations from many points on Albert
7.15 p.m.      Small fire in Albert at 95°
7.45 p.m.      Volume of smoke in Albert at 95°
9.20 p.m.      Boche plane bombing Albert
12.15 a.m.    Two Boche planes over our lines
12.20 a.m.    4.2 How. shelling Albert  S.B. 88°  1 a.m. still firing
2.30 a.m.      T.M. & M. G. Activity from 110° to south
3.5 a.m.        Numerous single & double red lights, also slight M.G. activity at 85° to 95° Grid
4.40 a.m.      Barrage opened.  Boche red rockets from 85° to 120°
5 a.m.           Hostile balloon at 75°
5.30 a.m.      Hostile balloon at 97°
6 a.m.           Visibility - misty
8 a.m.           4.2 Gun shelling Millencourt at 1 rd. per 2 mins.  S.B. 90°
8.40 a.m.      Heavy barrage on W20, W26, E2. E8  H.E. & Shrap.
8.45 a.m.      Air burst ranging overV30

August 23rd 1918

10 a.m.         Taken over by 68 S. Bty.
10 a.m.         Visibility poor
11.10 a.m.    Hostile Balloon ascending at 96
° Grid. descended 11.35 a.m.
11.20 a.m.    5.9 How. shelling Black Wood and Shamrock Tree.  S.B. unobtainable
1.30 p.m.      H.V. Gun firing shrap. on E2  S.B. 96° Grid.  1 per 15 mins.
2.30 p.m.      H.V. Gun shelling road in W26 c & d & E2a  Rate 1 per 2 mins.  S.B. 96°
5 p.m.           Visibility good
6.20 p.m.      Hostile Balloon at 96° Grid
7 p.m.           Hostile Balloon at 73° Grid.
7.10 p.m.      H.V. 4.2 shelling W19 20' gun fire lasting 10', little Gas?  S.B. 94°
9.3 p.m.        Dump Explosion at 99° 30' Grid
10.35 p.m.    5.9 How. shelling W27  1 per 2 mins.  S.B. Unlocated
10.45 p.m.    Red Rockets (single) at 88° & 122° Grid
10.50 p.m.    Single Red Rocket at 89° Grid
11.5 p.m.      H.V. Gun shelling V30 c & d  1 per min.  S.B. 96° Grid
11.40 p.m.    H.V. Gun shelling back areas  S.B. 85° Grid  1 per 5 mins.
12.12 a.m.    4.1 Gun shelling E1 & 2  S.B. 82° Grid
12.55 a.m.    H.V. gun shelling V30 c & d & D6a at irregular intervals  3 per min.  S.B. 96°
1 a.m.           Barrage started.  Red & Green Lights everywhere
1.15 a.m.      Flare in sky at 98° Grid.  ?ammunition
2.25 a.m.      Flare in sky at 92° Grid   ?ammunition
3 a.m.           Reflection in Sky at 100° Grid.  Continuous Glare (Fire)
3.3.0 a.m.     H.V. shelling back areas  S.B. 96° Grid
5.30 a.m.      Volume of smoke at 125° Grid & 120° Grid & 113° Grid
6 a.m.           Smoke at 98° Grid  A large fire
6 a.m.           Balloon at 73° Grid

24th August 1918

10 a.m.         4.2 H.V. shelling W25 & 26  S.B. unobtainable  Rate ? 8 rd. in ?
10.45 a.m.    4.2 H.V. shelling W37  S.B. unobtainable  Rate 1 rd. per hrs.
11.30 a.m.    H.V. Gun shelling Albert with Shrapnel  S.B. 90
° G.
1.15 p.m.      H.V. Gun shelling Millencourt (shrapnel)  S.B. 85°  W.29 heavily shelled
2.40 p.m.      Flame & large column of white smoke observed on far ridge at 115° G.
3.20 p.m.      Hostile balloon observed @ 94° G.
3.30 p.m.      Hostile balloon observed @ 104° 30' G.  Descended at 5 p.m.
6.15 p.m.      Hostile balloon observed @ 94ˇ15° G.
6.30 p.m.      Six men observed crossing road at F17c 5.8 going N.
7.40 p.m.      Hostile balloon at 94° G. descended
9.45 p.m.      Albert being bombed by hostile aircraft
10 p.m.         Large fire (probably dump) at 131° G.
12.20-12.30 a.m.  4.2 Gun shelling Amiens Road in E3  2 rnds./min.  S.B. 90° G.  20 rnds.
1.45 a.m.      Hostile aircraft bombing forward areas
2.5 a.m.        Large fire observed at 79° G.
2.50 a.m.      Large flare observed at 92° G.  probably dump
4 a.m.           Large flare observed ay 98° G.  probably dump
4.40 a.m.      Single red light observed at 98° G.

Loose pages within the diary

8.9.18    225 S.B.   To Adjutant 89 Bde. R.G.A.  Reference R2570/1 dated 8/9/18 - Reconnaissance has been made of W21d and vicinity.  There is a fairly good position at W21d 60,70 but approaches are difficult.  Roads in W21d and b are only fit for motor transport in dry weather.  Road running South from Heudecourt past Brick Yard and W26b 60.90 is good.  There is a possible aaa position, but with not much flash cover at W27a 2.9 about 100 yards east of main road.  W. L. Hemmingway  Capt. R.G.A. 225 S.B. R.G.A.

7.11.18   2200    H. A. Bennett? Capt. ???? 89 Bde. R.G.A.  To 68 S.B.  225 S.B.  OS 499 - A warning order has been received for the Bde. to move into action in 1 Corps. Batteries will probably move into action on the 9th inst.  Reconnaisances will be carried out tomorrow.  Representatives from 68 & 225 S.B.'s will be conveyed in 60 Sb car and will meet the Bde. Commander at 1 Corps H.A.  HQ's at the Chateau at Genech (East of Templeuve) at 0900 tomorrow the 8th.
     Railway working party for tomorrow has been cancelled so that lorries can be loaded and arrangements made for a move on the 9th.

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