He poked his head over the trench and was shot dead

More tragic deaths came to the notice of diarists Wiliam Hallam and Florence Vansittart Neale.

William Hallam
Up to Wantage by 20 to 10 train. It was an ideal spring day, one of those days when every one you meet wishes you a good morning. I heard the cuckoo this morning for the first time this year when going up from Wantage Road. For dinner had asparragras [sic], first time for years…. Came back by last train. A good many soldiers were travelling back to Swindon mostly Scots for Draycott and amongst those who got out here was the tallest chap I’ve ever seen in my life 6ft. 6 I should think, an officer….

I was told up at Wantage young Whettle was shot dead in his trench. One of the men said “what’s all that smoke” and young W. poked his head over the trench and was shot dead.

Florence Vansittart Neale
Heard sad news – Arnold Vansittart killed – also saw Dick Powell wounded & missing. Telephoned Katie Gibbs, heard he picked up by Black Watch – in some hospital in France.

Diaries of William Halam (D/EX1415/23) and Florence Vansittart Neale (D/EX73/3/17/8)

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