A splendid crop

It was good news all around.

Florence Vansittart Neale
10 August 1918

Still good news. 24,000 prisoners. 300 guns.

William Hallam
10th August 1918

I went up to Uffington by train at 5 past 2 then walked across the field (and nearly got lost) to Shellingford. Had a good look over the church. Very nicely kept – then copied down all the Inscrip. in the Ch.yard on the E & N. sides- many old ones obliterated and walked back to Uffing. station by the road.

Terribly hot. A lot of harvesting being done quite a lot of beans, oats and wheat cut. And the men at work I stopped talking to say it is a splendid crop. I was tired when I got home. I can’t walk about now like I could 10 years ago and only 50.

After I had my tea and a wash I went along to Bath Rd reading room to see the latest war news and it is still progressing favourably.

Diary of Florence Vansittart Neale of Bisham Abbey (D/EX73/3/17/8); and William Hallam (D/EX1415/25)

Noisy bomb throwing practice

Draycot (later known as Chiseldon) Camp was a few miles away from William Hallam in Swindon.

21st September 1916
Last night the soldiers at Draycott [sic] were practicing with bomb throwing and the noise was so audible here it woke me up. Made up my mind to go to Uffington, in the holidays we are to have at the end of the month; and go to Shellingford and copy down the Inscr. there.

Diary of William Hallam (D/EX1415/24)