Thursday Sept 30 1915
Germans pinched 150 yards of trench during night and had it wired by dawn.
Counter-attack at 3.0 pm after several postponements. After fierce bomb fighting we managed to get back all but small unimportant position.
Huns exploded a mine on Hill 60 and straffed us for a few hours. Total captures in Champagne: 25000 prisoners and 100 guns.
Wednesday Sept 29 1915
Raining hard, of course it would.
Three French Divisions through German second line. Let’s hope they will stick.
Went up to New Yinlette (?). Strange to see English civvies about. Saw Helps. Captain now.
Papers full of the Gaff but no news of gas.
Tuesday Sept 28 1915
Weather colder. Pay Day.
News of further French success. First Army holding out against counter attacks and progressing east of Loos.
Prisoners: 53 Officers; 2800 O(ther) R(anks). 18 guns 32 machine guns.
Major Generals Capper and Thesiger killed. Very quiet up here.
Monday Sept 27 1915
Feel refreshed after good sleep.
Up to last night, French in Champagne advanced along a 17 mile front taking 18000 prisoners and 31 guns. First Army captured Loos and Hill 70 taking 2600 prisoners. 9 guns. Enemy heavily counter-attacking there. French Army gained Souchey near Arras.
Sunday Sept 26 1915
Dick and Captain Forsyth killed yesterday.
We lost ground gained, but congratulated by General French. Johnston very pleased.
Left Ramparts at 10 a.m. Shelled during night. Returned to Reninghelst and slept, very, very tired.
News of further progress in France. Hooge heavily bombarded at night.
Saturday Sept 25 1915
Operation began at daybreak. Captured first line. 14th Div failed to hold on.
Further attack postponed, consolidating original front, north of Menin Rd.
About 150 prisoners. 4th Gordons do fine and capture gun. Report from 1st Army that we attacked with gas near La Bassee and making good progress.
Captured villages, and cavalry in pursuit. French capture whole front line in Champagne.
Working all day and night, very busy.
Disposition of second Army Sept 25 1915:
British infantry advancing through gas at Loos 25 September 1915
Friday Sept 24 1915
Up betimes and to Communion.
Left in lorry with 3rd Div party, a merry crew. Arrived safely in Ypres ramparts. The place is far worse than ever, ghastly. Ramparts cracking.
Fixed up office and scrounged furniture, etc. Hard at it till midnight.
Is this the beginning of the end?
from the War Diaries of Brigadier Johnston:
Is Wilf the man standing in the middle of the boat?