Wednesday 21st March 1917 from our correspondent in the field
At 12 midnight the 17th Battalion, Manchester Regiment commenced to relieve the 2nd Bedfords. The relief was complete by 6 am. The Battalion then returned to their old front line trenches near Agny, arriving about 7.30 am.
The adjutant remarked to me on the “blower” that: “A very noticeable point about these three days’ operations was the systematic way the enemy had destroyed everything which would be of any use to us. All dug-outs had been blown in, trees cut down, trenches wired in, and all stores removed. There is no doubt they had been preparing for this retirement for some months”.