12 April 1917

Extract from the diary of LCpl Walter Williamson, 6th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Ypres

Off early to work for the Canadian Construction Boys, making light railways. As some one put it – “An offensive” odour about this”. The size of the Canadian shovels we were served out with, made us turn pale, but our colour soon came back when we started to use them. I am not surprised that we were able to stick to that part of Belgium. The trouble really would be to get rid of it. A shovelful seemed to have the tenacity of good glue, plus fly-paper mixture, black treacle and bird lime, and if even those railway tracks were finished, they ought to stick alright.

Extract from war diary of 6th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Brandhoek

All available officers and other ranks engaged on railway construction fatigue. 4 OR Rejoined ex hospital.

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