By Ray Westlake
Ray Westlakes newest paintings is a priceless daily consultant to the postings and activities of approximately three hundred British battalions in this interval of diverse experimental re-organizations of normal and volunteer devices in education for enormous later offensives in international conflict I.
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He also enclosed a plan showing where more items of treasure were buried in what was once his garden. May–June Relieved by 1/14th London 12th May and to Le Casan. Took up support positions on Rue du Bois 16th. Moving back to Lacouture during evening. Marched to Le Touret next day and then to firing line. Took part in attack at La Quinque Rue 18th, digging in during night after gain of 300 yards. A. H. O. Creed killed. Relieved by 3rd Coldstream during night 19th, moving into billets, first at Lapugnoy, then Vendin.
June To Riez-du-Vinage 1st, trenches in Festubert sector 6th, Le Touret, then Locon 10th, trenches 14th. In support during attack on the Rue d’Ouvert 15th. 30 am 16th and Battalion withdrew to Le Touret, then Pacuat. E. H. B. Bigland (1/5th King’s Own attached) killed, 147 other ranks. Moved in evening to Pacaut then to Le Touret 22nd, Estaires 24th, Laventie 25th. Took over trenches near Fauquissart 27th. 1/5th Battalion (Territorial Force) February Sevenoaks. Part of North Lancashire Brigade, West Lancashire Division.
Stood by at Gorre in support to 1st Division, leaving Les Choquaux for Béthune 30th. February–March–April Moved to Annequin 1st February then took over trenches near Cuinchy. R. Gosselin killed by shell splinter 7th. Remained in same sector resting between tours in firing line at Beuvry. To Béthune 1st March. Stood by at positions east of Gorre 10th and 11th, returning to Béthune at night. Began tours in Givenchy sector trenches 12th. Rested at La Préol when out of the line. G. Marshall killed 22nd March.