Reference: WO95/1142
G.O.C, 7th Cav Bde: 12th - 14th May 1915

Notes on Trench Line
  The 1st Life Guards relieved the East Surrey's on the left. here the support trenches had only been started and were not two feet deep. The whole of the front was not protected by trenches. A farm intervened and there was a gap there of about 70 yards.
     There were no communicating trenches at all. There was no wire in front.
     It was quite impossible to communicate with the squadron on the right.
     From the hour of taking over until 3 a.m. everyone worked hard digging to improve the trenches and communications.
     At a depth of three feet water appeared in the trenches. This was previously reported to me when taking over the 85th Brigade , the troops of that Brigade having only taken over the line 24 hours previously.
     There was some barbed wire attached to posts lying behind the trenches, but at night it was not possible to see how much.
     Getting in or out of the trenches was very hazardous proceeding even at night owing to lack of cover on the terrain and the absence of communicating trenches. The enemy kept up a constant fire over the area to be crossed. Colonel Stanley was not at all satisfied with the trenches and did his utmost to improve them. Nobody in the Brigade had seen them previous to arrival in the dark.
     I enclose two reports from other CO's.
     They were told previous to leaving POTIJZE that R.E. stores were being sent up to that place and that they would have to send parties back to carry up what they required for the trenches.
     I cannot give you much more information at present, but am endeavouring to glean further details from officers who were in the trenches. The 2nd Life Guards were in the centre and relieved the Buffs, whilst the Leicestershire Yeomanry relieved the Royal Fusiliers on the right.

Lt. Col. Hon. P C Evans-Freke, LY
Lt. W S Fielding-Johnson, LY