Alfred George Richardson’s Diary September 1916
Friday 1st September 1916: Cold, windy day. Tons of mud in lines. Couldn’t keep warm. Weather “no bon”.
Saturday 2nd September 1916: Wet, cold day. Delivered 266 A, 38 AX to C/247 batty at 6 pm.
Sunday 3rd September 1916: Terrific artillery bombardment, followed by infantry actions. “The Glorious 3rd Sept”. 49th Divisional infantry opposed by a stubborn resistance. Failure in front of Thiepval. – Hot shop.
Monday 4th September 1916: 4 am to B/247 – 400 A. 3 pm to B/247 114 A, 38 AX. Heavy day.
Tuesday 5th September 1916: Showery. Artillery fire terrible beyond words. Went to “Tykes” at night. Splendid performance.
Wednesday 6th September 1916: 456 A, 152 AX to A/247 at 8.30 am. Many Boches aeroplanes visit us. Two (2) bombs dropped on dump. 3 men slightly wounded, 4 horses wounded one having to be shot. Got there practically first. Pieces of bomb as souvenir.
Thursday 7th September 1916: A quiet day. Fine weather; gun fire never ceases. Tremendous “straffe” at night.
Friday 8th September 1916: Delivered 304 A, 76 AX to C/247 Battery at 7 am. The Boche sent 16 balloons over our lines with newspapers containing slanderous matter etc. Got one as souvenir. Anti-aircraft fire at them. Great joke.
Saturday 9th September 1916: Rose at 7.30 am. Fine day. Heavy Artillery bombardment never ceases. Received 684 A 228 AX from 49th Dump 7 pm.
Sunday 10th September 1916: Rose at 7.45 am. Glorious day. Great artillery duels. 456 A 152 AX to A/247 at 1.30 am.
Monday 11th September 1916: Fine day. Artillery at it in early hours. Nothing doing rest of day. Busy with nominal rolls of sect etc.
Tuesday 12th September 1916: Delivered 228 A 76 AX to C/247 Batty at 1.30 am. Glorious morn up. Very fine but ghastly sight over towards THIEPVAL.
Wednesday 13th September 1916: Cold morning, early on. Received 228 A 228 AX from Dump at 6 pm.
Thursday 14th September 1916: Delivered at 11.30 am to A/247 Battery: – 228 “A” 172 “AX”. “Heavy” artillery duel. Nothing doing much at MESNIL.
Friday 15th September 1916: Awfully cold morning. 2 Boch aeroplanes over, but no bombs. Fine in middle of day. “Heavies” at it all morning, great artillery duel.
There are no further diary entries after 15th September 1916.