The Western Front

The Life and Death of a British Officer

Captain Oswald Eric Wreford Brown

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We were moved up here on Friday from our trenches near D .... (Dicksbund) to relieve a another division. We are quite close to Hooge and Z_________. We arrived in the evening to find the trenches had been blown in and a great state of confusion.


On the morning about 10am while we had men working in the crater during the reliefs - 2 men were shot on their way out, 1 killed, 1 wounded.


Burrows went to their aid and was shot dead. The loss not only to ourselves as a Company and a Battalion, but the country is a big one, he was not only a good soldier much liked by all ranks but a really fine character.


I lost another man this morning, shrapnel to the head. A young lad, his mothers joy I believe.


I am full of beans and have been busy since 3am attending to the job of bombing the Germans who are within 10 yards of our crater. I have just put one into their crater. I hope successfully. I enclose a drawing of the position of trenches. The Germans blew up with mines the two LPs (listening posts) making 2 craters. In the crater nearer our line we were and still are working, they probably doing the same in theirs.



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