27 May 1917

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

We breakfast at 7-30 p.m. Load camels 8 am. and continue our march at 9 a.m. At 10-30 a.m. we reach our position in the reserve line in some Turkish trenches which are the finest system I have ever seen.  It is evident they had no barbed wire so they dug holes for traps for Cavalry which were the likest [sic] troops to advance on their position.

Some [of] the dug-outs were 20 ft deep and every trench was beautifully cut.        We never seem to make elaborate construction, the soldier does not take any pains at all for he knows we have come here to advance not to stop as is the case of the Turk.

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