Wilf standing on left; his comrade presently unknown ウィルフ(左)、戦友の名前不詳
This is the WWI war diary of Wilfred Sellars (1893-1988). He enlisted in September 1914 and was active on the Western Front from Jan 1915 until August 1918. (His Lives of the First World War link is here.) He wrote an entry for most of his days in the war and these appear here day by day, as they were recorded, 100 years on.
A note for Wilf’s descendants and their friends in Japan: このサイトは 第一次世界大戦に参戦したウィルフレッド・セラーズ の第一次世界大戦戦場日記を公開するサイトです。1915年1月から1918年 8月 まで戦場にいて、その間ほぼ毎日日記をつけていた。そして100年後の今 このサイトを通して初めて一般の人の目に触れる事となります。
In January 1915, he was ready to set sail for France …
Monday February 18 1918
Lovely day again. Working on dugout all day, very tired.
Fritz bombing again along main road, shook us up a bit. Wind up.
Sunday February 17 1918
To Mass in American camp. Working all day on dugout.
Great aerial activity. Little bombing at night.
Carrying sleepers from railway, hard graft.
Sunday February 3 1918
To Mass in American Engineers camp. Out wood chopping later.
Company canteen in full swing now.
Thursday January 31 1918
Misty tonight T(hank) G(od).
Wednesday January 30 1918
Plenty of canteens about here; require plenty of money.
Tuesday January 29 1918
More comfortable than last billet. Working from 7.30 a.m. to midnight.
Another night’s bombing, nothing quite so close tonight.