My last day on active service.
About 2.30 in the afternoon I crept into a dug out near by the trench to try and get a little sleep and in this same place were two other of our fellows Cromer and Platt. I heard a number of shells bursting but thought they were ours. However, as I couldn’t get to sleep owing to the noise I rejoined the boys in the trench and found Ben and Robbie and the others sitting tight against the wall of the trench. They told me the Germans were shelling us and Ben moved along a bit and I took his place. Immediately we heard another coming for us and we crowded, but as it exploded overhead I got a piece through my foot and I jumped up saying to Ben “I’m hit” and he started taking my puttee and boot off and two Norfolk stretcher bearers came and bound it up and Dave Wilson carried me on his back to a large