July 1917

The period of rest and recreation continued at Domart for the first couple of weeks and leave allotments were increased to give the men a break. It would not last of course. All leave was stopped on 13 July. On 19 July, the battalion marched to Doullens and the next day boarded trains for Hopoutre, where they got off and marched on to Proven overnight. Marching at night might seem odd, but this was the Ypres Salient, overlooked by German artillery spotters. After a week of settling in, training, drilling and inspections, the men were moved to ‘G Camp’ on 30 July. The first day of the month had been a Sunday with Church Parade. The last day of the month was making roads and railways, behind the lines, but under heavy shell fire.

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