G.O.C, 7th Cav Bde: 12th - 14th May 1915
Notes on Trench Line
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
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
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
Lt. Col. Hon. P C Evans-Freke, LY
Lt. W S Fielding-Johnson, LY