Dec 30th

Marched to BEWVRY about four miles behind the line, just south of the La Bassée canal.

Our men have been going into the trenches for instruction by companies. “A” company had bad luck in being shelled in an awkward corner and had five men wounded of whom one will die and another lose his leg.

Thank goodness there is plenty of ammunition and the gunners do not hesitate to use it. We fire six or eight shells to the Germans one. They are using so little nowadays that either they must be short of ammunition or they are saving up for another offensive somewhere, probably the latter. All the same, many little things one sees and hear leads one to think there are signs of weakening on their part. I expect they are much more tired of the war than we are.