August 26th 1914

26th August 1914   Wednesday

No further attacks took place during the time we held the positions so we quietly retired before dawn and marched out of the town, the same way we had entered the evening before – Marched for hours without food or drink , then halted for tea and some food – half biscuit and bully beef. Heard our artillery and cavalry – remained behind to bluff the Germans ‘til we got well away from the town. The Germans didn’t realise our escape until too late – 4 hours afterwards – Marching all day, all of us dead beat but nothing else for it – kits and greatcoats discarded to allow us to get along faster – rested for a few hours at night.

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