Saturday 17th July 1915- Diary HV Reynolds
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‘Our aeroplanes have been over several times today. This afternoon I went up to see some mates in the 7th and 8th Btns. and found them in the front line. I received great disappointment in finding that Ken Walker has been severely wounded on the 12th. At about 6pm an enemy aeroplane came over and dropped two bombs, both failed to do any damage. At about 7pm one of our field guns at the top of Victoria Gully opened fire in answer to an enemy gun that was shelling the vicinity at the time. The enemy soon began to get the accurate range, but out gun answered shot for shot until a high explosive shell from the enemy blew away the sandbag* barricade in front of the gun. Once of the crew was carries out of the pit and a few second later another gunner took his place and the gun opened fire again and fired five round to which the enemy replied with only two, it then ceased firing. I had an anti-cholera inoculation this evening.’
*Sandbags were used to barricade artillery, line trenches and create shelters.