Thursday 7th January 1915: The 1st Battalion have just gone into the front line after three days in support at Dranouter. They have taken over from the 1st Battalion, Dorset Regiment and have discovered that that unit has had a rough time.
The trenches are continually full of water because of all the rain. This part of the Flemish plain has a high water table and in winter the soil is almost always mud but at any depth this becomes slime. This means that not only is the trench itself full of water to perhaps one two or even three feet depth but the sides continually cave in. How all our boys must be praying for drier, warmer weather.