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Diary of a Dispatch Rider

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Continuing the diary of John Sangway, dispatch rider. XVII Corps Signal Company are at Duisans, near Arras.


Carson joyriding to see a pal came across a road marked “Drive slowly over this road as dust draws enemy shell-fire”. Suggested that some people would instinctively “blind” without stopping to realise purport of warning!


Rotten night. 8 bombs about 250 yards from billet, & then a magnesium flare right over camp. Beastly ghostly green light & umpteen figures sprinting for trenches crouching as they ran! Very excited – not much wind up though I tried to make myself as flat as a plate while they were dropping!



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