January 1st 1915
We return to the trenches after 3 days rest, the war has started again.
It is still raining, our dug out leaks, keeps dropping in, my blanket is wringing wet weighs three times as heavy and has got to be carried besides an oil sheet, top coat, fur coat, cooking utensils, they begin to get heavy after doing about 8 miles, we are having 5 days in trenches and 3 out, much better than 6 in and 2 out as we do get 2 clear days rest, I hear the piggeries where we stayed has been shelled killing 17 of the kilties.
Diary of Private W Tapp, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, November 1914- January 1915
Imperial war Museum Archives
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