WWI War Diary of SGT Frederick. T. Hope. Royal Artillery Territorial Force (Royal Garrison Artillery) 212th Siege Battery.

1 FIRST WORLD WAR DIARY OF SERGEANT FREDERICK HOPE OF ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY 1915 December 6 th .Left Southampton for France. Very rough journey. Arrived in France 12 o clock same night at Le Havre. Disembarked at 7 o clock on December 7th. Stayed there 5 days (guns arrived 5 days later). Left therefor the line. Arrived at Doullens (Somme) after a 36 hour train ride. Left there the same night and went to Foutencourt. Stayed there 2 nights then went by lorry to Albert (in Picardy Somme). Billeted in Albert for a few days. Meanwhile making gun pits and dugouts ready for use at Positiers (Poziers?) when guns arrived. No 1 first to arrive. December 25 th Pulled it into action after wading through mud knee deep. First shot fired. December 26 th Shortly after No. 3 gun arrives. Pulled into action not so much trouble as No. 1.1916 January 7 th Big gas attack. One man gassed. February 14 th Taylor killed. Gunner Sefton wounded. Parry wounded. Nuttall shell shocked. March 23 rd Left Positiers (Poziers?) for new position. Stayed in barns each night until we arrived at new position. (Aix Noulette) on March 27 th Very heavy firing. Took Vimy on Easter Monday. Snowing all the time. April 24 th Left for Leuven April 25 th R.N.A.S wounded and died in hospital. Marshall wounded.
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