24 April 1917

Extract from the diary of Norman Hughes, “B” Coy, 1/4th Cheshire Regiment 53rd (Welsh) Division [Norman Hughes came from Neston]

We are still in the trenches to-day there arises a nasty heat wave, similar to the one which occurred in Wardan on the Western desert of Egyptian [sic], this time last year.  Several men have to be carried away to hospital  completely “knocked out”.  The wind blows the sand about and it falls into our trench like rain and half-fills it up.  The heat is terrible.

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