[7 May 1917] here – 400 there – which means that getting on for a thousand rounds are fired everyday; the shell alone weighing 100 lbs each comes to some 50 tons which has to be unloaded from lorries – carried up to the gun & finally put through – which you see gives the men a pretty useful amount of work – besides this theres always work about the battery – improving gun pits – making ammunition shelters – checking stores and providing shelters for them – making shelters for gun detachments as well as all the 101 little things that continually want attending to – so you see it’s usual half the night and all day hard at it which puts a great strain on the men.
Then one is plagued at all hours of the day by returns and reports to hqrs – the list of which alone covers a couple of pages of foolscap. – and every odd moment one has to speak on the ‘phone to hdqrs about some inane matter so I must say ones apt occasionally to get a bit “shirty”. But still there’s always a joke going in the battery and its wonderful how well we all get on – I think somehow it would be a bit of an eye opener to the Hun if he could see it! And all the time we’re cheered up by knowing that it won’t be so very long now