1916, NOVEMBER 22nd – IN TRENCHES NEAR GRANDCOURT
During this time the 2/5th Gloucesershire Regiment was in the front lines.
Captain R. S. B. Sinclair described the conditions as follows:
In the front line the mud made movement of any sort practically impossible until the frost hardened the ground; shaving was not to be thought of; ration parties were held up in the mire and so we were down to one cup of cold tea per man per day, hence the aptness of the code word (of the relief complete, “another little drink won’t do us any harm”). The shelling was so incessant that we were compelled to live more like rats than men.