2nd August 1917 Thursday

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Ceaseless Rain and Sore Feet

“August 2nd was another day of heavy rain. Our attack was completely held up. Our guns were busy all day, and the Germans put a lot of heavy stuff over near us – Mordacq Farm and H.Q. Corner. I helped at Robecq Loading Post all day, and also went down to the ‘Cage’ to attend a few sick and wounded Huns. My feet were painful and swollen owing to being unable to get my boots off for several days.”

The rain continued during what was to be the worst rainfall in Flanders for thirty years. Haig had written the previous day that in a way he was pleased that his troops had not advanced further, the rain had prevented the roads and supply railways from following the advance. This would have meant his guns would be running short of ammunition allowing a counter attack.

Plenty of activity down at Mordacq farm today. The Assistant Director Medical Services ADMS visited and arranged to establish a Field Ambulance there. More tents had been provided and 2 ambulance wagons were assigned there.

By Thirdeyedpyramid - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19465144

General Mordacq of France, the man who gave his name to the Farm area. By Thirdeyedpyramid – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19465144

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