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52nd Trench Duty 22nd-29th September 1917

22.9.1917 HILL 70 RIGHT: Battalion relieved 2nd DLI and 11th ESSEX (4 posts) in front line.h26c-1917

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

22/IX/17: Relief of 71st and 18th Infantry Brigades continued. Brigade HQ moves from ANNEQUIN to dugouts called PREVITE CASTLE. 139 Brigade took over Command of HILL 70 sector at 11pm.22-september-1917previste-castle

“Rations and supplies were mainly brought up by pack mules, the only sector in which this method was used regularly. The mules were taken from the Transport lines at Sailly—Labourse by road to Fosse 3, thence over a cross—country track past Brigade Headquarters at Previte Castle, to the Battalion dumps at Tosh Alley, and the old British front line. This was a perfectly silent method, and one which, with little practice, soon became a very expeditious one. During our stay, work was begun on the laying of tramlines up to Hill 70, but whilst we were there they were not used to any great extent.”

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]