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Date: August 12th 1917

Aug 12 - Called out at night to fix a blow out on the track near Ecoust, another line to the point that we had to keep up. This blow out was caused by a German shell exploding in a large pile of our bombs. The hole it make (sic) in the center of the track was about 15 feet deep and about 25 feet across the top. Four Imperial soldiers were killed at the time. A gang of about 50 of us started about 8 p.m. and did not get the road open again until about 3 a.m. Fritz shelled all around us all the time we worked there, but we all came out OK. Tickled to death when the job was done.