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Date: May 8th 1917

May 8 - At 7 we were on the march again for Dernancourt. On this hike we passed through the Village of Albert. We arrived at Dernancourt at noon. Mostly all in after our two days march of 26 miles with heavy packs. Here we had a rest of an hour or two and then entrained for Ytres, our destination. We arrived that night about 7 o'clock and pitched camp about a mile from the Village. Before we had our tents up it started to rain. That night we had our first issue of rum. On the train journey we passed through many of the famous battle fields of the Somme battles of 1916. Some of which are known as Delville Woods, Trones Woods, Sailly Saillisel, Combles, etc. This sector through here being nothing but ruins and many crosses marking the dead.