Parade as usual. Obtained a pass to enter Armentiéres, Nieppe and Erquinghem. Just came out of Church at Armentiéres when shell burst overhead and then 2 minutes afterwards. People were in the Church praying and as immovable as statues. Two beautiful marble statues in the church – the Virgin and a righteous figure. Lots of buildings demolished but people still remain in the building. Had to carry rifle. No one hurt.