October 4th 1914

4th October 1914   Sunday

Remained in trenches, post arrived, letters and papers very welcome. Our guns firing rapid all day. Grumbling (?) at shortage of Jack Johnsons – Coalboxes.

Publisher’s note:

A ‘Jack Johnson’ was the British nickname used to describe a heavy, black German 15-cm artillery shell.
Jack Johnson (1878-1946) was the name of the popular U.S. (born in Texas) world heavyweight boxing champion who held the title from 1908-15.

“Coal Box.” was the nickname for a high explosive German shell fired from a 5.9 howitzer which emitted  heavy black smoke.

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