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France

The Seaforth Highlanders remain in billets at L’Epinette and Richebourg St. Vaast whilst the Liverpool Scottish leave their billets in Bailleul and march through the town. Brothers William Andrew and Robert Wishart are among their ranks and make their way with their platoon to Westoutre where they are inspected by General Sir Horace Lockwood Smith-Dorrien and the Prince of Wales.

Also marching from billets in Bailleul that day was Pte. Andrew Brock Wishart of the 9th Highland Light Infantry. The battalion leaves at 3 p.m. and arrives in front line trenches at Kemmel (south-west of Ypres) two hours later. The battalion war diary records the state of the trenches, writing that:

The trenches occupied by A and ½ B Company in the firing line were most inadequate, being too shallow in places and without any means of communicating with the rear. No effort was made to deepen them as the floor was found to be resting on the bodies of French soldiers covered with a few inches of earth and straw. The night passed quietly with only desultory rifle fire from enemy snipers.

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