Lieut. Trench who told us to light a fire near his dug out for some meal to be made. I made a start but a trench mortar made an end of my first attempt, and as I started again I heard another coming down. I felt this was coming right on us so I made a dive head first into a dug out near by and with a terrific explosion it burst about 5 yds away and the dug out fell in on top of me.
Kewish who was unhurt pulled me out by the legs and after I had sorted myself out we noticed Billie Robinson and another had come up to relieve us so we lost no time bolting back to Ben and the others in 31b where we felt tolerably safe. It was a terrible morning and I felt we would never come out of that place alive. I shall never forget it. Kewish stuck it well