F Hammond letter 28 March 1916


Dear Mar & Pa

Just a line to say I am just gogging along nicely JA and still OK.  There is really nothing exciting to relate which usually means marking time.  The weather is very fickle just now.  One day it will sunshine the next it will snow all day & the next rain still old sol keeps trying to get the upper hand and already he peeps up quite early the birds joining in the chorus.

We possess a band in the Division now and are treated to music about twice a week.  We also possess a cinema show so you see we get some diversion from the monotony of trench warfare occasionally we have little straffs and the Bosche treat us to their Hymns of hate.  They usually pick Sunday as an especial day so we have begun to expect a little extra turn in fact that’s how we should know it was Dimanche day was it not for the civilian population donning their best black on and filling the estaminets with their cheap cigars.  I had a letter & small parcel from Gladys Grimshaw the other day.  She told me she was reading a book called the First Hundred Thousand strange to say I was doing the same.  It’s a fine book especially from our stand point as it was written by an officer in our Div & relates the life up to the end of the Loos affair.  If you get a chance read it.  (Staff Captain Beith 27th Inf) I hope you are all keeping well I might possibly get leave some time this summer some hopes – anyway some of the Div have started their second leave so there’s a possible – well I think this is all at present.  Oh it’s my birthday soon and I hear you are





Going to send me a parcel. What about one of Mar’s special cakes & pie would be relished.  I have friends to help me so long as you can get it in the oven don’t be afraid on us not being able to tackle it well bye bye for present




55th (West Lancs:) Divisional Artillery Order 17 28 Mar 1916


Appendix XI

Copy No 19


55th (West Lancs:) Divisional Artillery

Order No 17



Reference Trench Map

1/10,000 sheet FICHEUX


  1. House at X.3.d.8.9 is used as a dump and is to be dealt with as follows on March 30th.
  • At 7 a.m. 3 18pdr batteries Right Group

2 18pdr batteries Centre Group

will each fire 3 rounds gun fire with shrapnel.

  • From 7 a.m. – 7.45 a.m.

Section 6” Howitzers

One      8” Howitzer    6th H.A.G.

are each to fire 10 rounds.

(III)        From 7.45 a.m. – 8.15 a.m.

2 4.5” Howitzer batteries Right Group will each fire 20 rounds H.E.

(IV)        From 7 a.m. – 8.15 a.m. Machine guns of 134th and 166th Infantry Brigades are to cooperate.

(V)          From 8.15 a.m. March 30th 8.15 a.m. March 31st batteries detailed by Right Group Commander will fire salvoes at irregular intervals every hour in cooperation with machine guns.

100 rounds 18pdr H.E. and 200 rounds 4.5” H.E. are allotted for this purpose.



Ammunition expended on above tasks is extra to weekly allotment.


  1. Benson

Major R.A.

Brigade Major

55th (W.L.)Div. Arty.



Issued at 6 p.m.

Copy no    1.  Right Group.

  1. Centre Group.
  2. Left Group.
  3. 4th W.L. Bde. R.F.A.
  4. to 10 55th Div (G)
  5. 6th H.A.G.
  6. 37th Div Arty.
  7. 14th Div Arty.
  8. 164th Inf Bde.
  9. 165th Inf Bde.
  10. 166th Inf Bde.
  11. 7th Corps Arty.
  12. Staff Captain.

19, 20. War Diary.

  1. File


55th (West Lancs:) Divisional Artillery 28th March 1916


Appendix X

Copy No 11


55th (West Lancs:) Divisional Artillery

Order No 16


28th March 1916


The reliefs detailed in 55th (West Lancs) Divisional Artillery Order No 15 dated 27th inst, are postponed until the weather improves.


2 days warning will be given before the reliefs will commence


  1. Benson

Major R.A.

Brigade Major

55th Divisional Arty.



Issued at 10 a.m.

Copy no    1.  Right Group.

  1. Centre Group.
  2. Left Group.
  3. 55th Div. A.C.
  4. 55th Div (G).
  5. 55th Div (G).
  6. 4th Div Arty.
  7. 37th Div Arty.
  8. Staff Captain
  9. 14th Bde R.F.A.
  10. War Diary
  11. War Diary
  12. File.
  13. 165th Inf Bde.
  14. 7th Corps Artillery
  15. Signals.
  16. 14th Div. Arty.