The diary of a young officer, 1917 by Edwin Campion Vaughan. This was about the second WW1 book I read, some years ago now. I almost read it about 15 years earlier, but that's another story. I thought I would put the search engine to work and trace some of the Officers and Men mentioned in the diary. The book ends abruptly on 29th August 1917, just one day in The Battle of Langemarck, when his company was virtually wiped out. The war diary does not adequately describe the day's action, you really have to read the book. Highly recommended. From the 8th Royal Warwicks diary: August 27th 1917 The morning gave promise of a fine day, but the ground was afforded no opportunity for drying, as several showers fell. The men remained concealed in their position apparently unobserved by the enemy, until 'Zero' (1.55 P.M.) The five Coys then attacked under cover of our artillery and M.G. Barrage, but owing to the activity of the enemy's M.G.s and to a much greater extent to the impassibility of the ground the final objective laid down in the operation order was not gained. SPRINGFIELD however was taken and positions consolidated to the E. of the WINNIPEG - SPRINGFIELD road. During the action Captains S.W. PEPPER and H. EWING became casualties, as did also C.S.M. Chalk of 'D' Coy. During the night the Batt was relieved by the 1/4th Royal BERKS.