29th January 1916
Not many shells came my way and I saw what was going on in front. The din was hideous, our front and support lines looked to be nothing but smoke and flashes; it looked as if it was impossible for anyone to live through it. Our own guns were firing on the German line the whole time. The batteries behind the front of our brigade fired 10,000 rounds. The Germans must have fired 5,000 – 7,000.
With all this a mine was exploded to our left. It did no damage but added to the din.
Our casualties for the day: 3 dead and 16 wounded, some of whom died later.