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Date: October 14th 1917

Oct 14 - Our train pulled out of Bapaume about 6 a.m. The trip was uneventful. We passed through the nice city of Arras, but most of our journey was through a sector of country that had not been invaded. We arrived at Vlamertynghe about 7 p.m. and immediately started to unload. Here we had out first experience of what it felt like to be bombed from the air. Fritz came over in full force, just shortly after we had landed and dropped many bombs in the railway yard but our good luck was with us again and we had no one hurt. But one poor fellow that had been shell shocked in Havrincourt Woods, and had just got back from the hospital was overcome again and had to be returned to England. After the unloading we started to march to our camp location, but by some misunderstanding the officer in charge could not locate it so after a march of two or three miles in the mud we had to come back again to the yard and about all the Coy had to make the best of it in one hut. Most of us had to sleep that night standing or sitting up.