We moved off in the face of the rising sun

TCD MS 10516 folio 28 recto

TCD MS 10516 folio 28 recto

[14th September 1916] his plans and the position of the various units during the advance. The Dorsets were to form the advance-guard, our battalion was somewhat disintegrated; two double companies as the main body, one double company as left flank-guard, one company as right-flank guard and one company as rear-guard. My position was obvious; the regimental hospital would naturally follow in the immediate rear of the two double companies forming the main body, just in advance of the company of sappers.
Shortly after 5 a.m. we moved off in a North-easterly direction in the face of the rising sun, then just peeping brightly over the desert. We passed a village on our left flank; it was said to be friendly but, as it occupied so dangerous a position on our left flank,