A cold wet miserable day.
Severe shelling by both sides accompanied with trench mortars & rifle grenades make the whole scene a perfect hell.
The snow comes down in small flakes but does not stick.
Eleven of the 42nd rifle suffer, six C.M.R.’s.
I got to headquarters & brigade Hqs & go through Zillebeke also pass by Zillebeke lake. A mile long shells are bursting all around. Am saved nasty head wound by wearing steel helmet.
*Rifle Grenade – Grenades that could be fired from a rifle thus increasing their effective range. During World War One, specialized grenades were attached to rods that had to be inserted into the barrel of a rifle. A blank cartridge was fired to propel the grenade towards the enemy.