Working hard on sketches & in making a check of map & sketches. Bde S. Major Macneill goes on pass to England.
Have a tour round the country.
Visit Winnezele, St Laurent & the PPCLI quarters.
I hear poor Fergy (791) has been killed.
Lord Kitchener is drowned on board HMS Hampshire. Casts gloom over troops. Had relapse from overstrain & injuries. All the brigade is standing to arms.
*Death of Lord Kitchener- On June 5th 1916 Lord Kitchener, then Secretary of State for War was on the armoured Cruiser HMS Hampshire for a diplomatic mission to Russia. The ship struck a mine laid by a German submarine and 643 out of a crew of 655 died, including Lord Kitchener.
Feeling very weak but still carry on making maps for the 6th brigade. Meet Fryer (Lieut) of Ft. Wm. [Ft. William] of 52nd leading a party of stretcher bearers going to Zillibeke (6:30 PM). Our artillery are in full blast all night.
Exploration of Stewart trench recently captured by Capt Stewart. Discover 4 enemy dugouts 15 feet deep, trench 5 feet deep & 3 to 3 1/2’ wide.
Leave Ypres for Poperinghe to take train for England as my bro’ Harry is undergoing a delicate operation in hospital at Liverpool.