|We marched all night, with the usual halt every hour, of course, and for some time 1 was practically sleeping on my feet. At 4.30 a.m. we lay down in a field, using the corn stooks to lie on and to cover us up. We had neither blankets nor waterproof sheets. We were not right down, however, when we had to fall in and move off, after getting supplied with extra ammunition - total, 250 rounds. Marching across fields, we again dug trenches and lay there under shell fire all day. They were very good marksmen, but, whatever the reason, their shells did us no harm, though we had to duck our heads very quickly. Our artillery did some good work there, and through the glasses one could see our shells bursting among the Germans as they deployed out. Towards afternoon the regiments in front retired, and just before dusk we followed suit, retiring by half platoons in artillery formation. Then we got it hot; it just rained shells, but we had just to go on and chance it. We had a number of wounded, including Captain Maclachlan of my company, but none killed. We lay in a field some distance away, and I slept soundly, for I was tired out, although we knew we were in a dangerous position, being practically
||cut off. In the morning we marched off (4.30 a.m.), and kept on till 12.30 p.m., when we arrived at a large town, where there were a lot of troops, both British and French, lined out for action. The Brigadier, General
Haldane. complimented us on our marching, and at one of the halts asked us to make another good effort to get out of danger. We took no part in the fighting, being kept in support, but were off again at night. We were all dog-tired, and at every halt we lay down and fell asleep. A minute or two's sleep seemed to revive us wonderfully, however. We rested in a farmyard among some straw, a French General telling us to make ourselves
cosy. We were in reserve the next day, and did not come under fire. We were off again in the afternoon, and marched a good distance, but we had no means to ascertain exactly what distance or the names of the places we passed. We just kept going ahead, and halted about 11 p.m. that night and slept in a field by the roadside. The following morning we were on day outpost, and I was nearly all
day lying among some mangolds. We could see the enemy's cavalry in the distance, but some well-placed shells soon scattered them.