At 0100. B Coy. 18th DLI moved up to the front line. (D Coy. attached to A)
0330. 66 reinforcements reported at HQ and joined their Coys.
0830. 2 Platoons C Coy. in Monk with 4 MG of MG Co. and 2 MG in Dunmow.
1330. Brigade instructions to occupy front line from K.35.a.3.7 to K.29.c.80.95
with 1 Co. 4 L.G. by day, with 2 Coys 8 L.G. by night, remainder & HQ to hold north & south Monk. This completed by 2.40 pm and Brigade informed.
1500 - 1530. Special bombardment by our artillery during which 2 off. 9 OR C Coy. were wounded 1 OR C Co. killed.
1830 - 1900. Special bombardment by our artillery.
2020. Brigade informed that enemy was at ----- ----- shells ---- in North Monk. 40 wounded chiefly of 16th West Yorks were collected by C Coy. in front line.
2300. Kings Own on right of 18th DLI and wiring in front.
2306. Germans reported to be seen carrying up Gas Cylinders to front line.
2330. GOC 93 I.B. instructs 18 Btn DLI to send remainder of D Coy. back to Bus.
Late. Brigade warn 18th Btn DLI of possible gas attack, front line to hold on. 18th West Yorks to send 2 Coy’s one to North Monk, one to South Monk and 2 remaining Coy’s to move up later. 16th West Yorks to remain in Dunmow, 15th West Yorks in Maitland. Information also received that 2 Brigades of 48th Division with 3 Battalions of 29 Division will attack hostile line from River Ancre to Pt 29 at 3.30am. Artillery to bombard enemy’s line.
The National Archives 18th DLI War Diary Appx.1 WO95/2361/1