4th July 1916 Tuesday
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“We didn’t get settled into our barns at Franvillers until 3.30 on July 4th. We lounged about all that day and got ready for another forward march. We saw a lot of cavalry (11th Hussars) going back and transport of Battalions that had been wiped out. It was reported that the progress of the Battalions was satisfactory – that was all the news we got.
At 10pm we marched off again with the Brigade to Heilly – 3 miles distant. We were billeted in canvas huts and had to plunge and wallow through lovely sticky mud to get to them. A terrific bombardment went on all night- the very ground shook with it. None of us slept much.”
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