August 23rd 1914

23rd August 1914   Sunday

Off at daybreak, marched towards Belgium, crossed the border at Genly, passing Malplaquet memorial, arrived at Harving and Mons – Rested here for a time. Towards afternoon moved off again through another part of the town and eventually got into action at Mons. About 5.30pm. advanced in open order across ploughed fields towards a high grassy bank. Closed under cover of the bank, marched through beautiful avenue of trees- Just gained full shelter of bank when the Avenue was swept by machine gun and shrapnel fire – They were too late ! First experience under fire. Not much of a sensation. Supported Royal Irish Rifles and South Staffords just before dusk. Terrible cannonade of rifle fire just before midnight, but very few casualties with the Irish Guards so far –

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