The final month of Major Gonnason's diary that we have is now online. He is still in training in England and actually won't be sent to France until September 1917! The social life continues. Read the details here.
Excerpts from Corporal Helmcken's Diary
Sunday 20 January 1918
Bucked quite a lot of wood in the morning. Tonight two men were killed and three wounded at Napoo corner. I never go by that corner now and I've never done so for the past few 3 days because of his firing around. Went up to the battery in the evening. Two guns were expected to be put into our original position tonight. They have been firing it up for the last past few days.
Monday 21 January 1918
Paid today. 20 Francs. I have now got practically 80 Francs. Got a letter from Evan who has just been on leave in Blighty. I am wondering whether he was over there when I was. Today the battery was heavily shelled from 8.00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. Two gun pits were driven in but no one was hurt although three men were buried and fortunately got out unhurt.
Friday 25th January 1918
This afternoon I went to the baths and had quite a good one. I really think I have developed scabies so if I can get baths often I should be able to get rid of them.
Tuesday 29th January 1918
Today we woke to find everything covered with frost but a fire in the dugout soon warmed us up. A beautiful warm day. Lievin is quite a beautiful place in spite of its destruction.