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Captain Heyes, B Battery, 154th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, made observations from ‘Bay 3, Trench 67’ of the brown earth. Four shells were fired, the first three landing slightly beyond the point, but the fourth in the actual new works. The enemy at once retaliated with two shells, which fell wide.

At about 15:55hrs a fleet of twelve French airplanes, coming from the south and passing over the German lines, drew sufficient fire to prove that the enemy trenches held more men than had at times been supposed.

At 18:25hrs the enemy opposite No 1 (A) Company sector opened with heavy shrapnel and shell fire for about 10 minutes. At 18:35hrs four lights went up from about 2000 yards in rear of the German lines and instantly heavy machine-gun and rifle opened on trenches 56 – 58, and also on the 8th East Lancashire Regiment on our right flank. This lasted for 25 minutes and was followed by shell-fire, to which D Battery, 125th Brigade Royal Field Artillery retaliated. Only two men were wounded, both very slightly, and one of them was out on patrol at the time. Many of the German shells failed to explode and their artillery fire was found to be directed less on the fire-trench than on the support-trenches.

Total casualties this day: 3 other ranks.

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