September 10, 1918
Heavy rain all night. At 9 o’clock we marched out in fairly heavy rain to Mesnil, near the river about 5 k. We were properly wet when we reached our destination. After dinner had orders to dig in so decided to make a dugout large enough for three, the W.O., Sgt. of A. Section and myself. Our first job was to collect iron and materials, a big job as we had to carry it some distance from neighbouring trenches etc., and it was raining most of the time.
Then we chose a shell hole as a start and dug down about 2 ft., 6 ft. wide by 9 ft. long. At dark it was only half completed, but I slept in it nevertheless. Hun planes were over a lot during the night and 3 bombs were dropped close enough for us to smell the smoke and fumes. Monday night was too wet for planes but every other night he has been over.