The Slater Accident
An unpleasant accident this morning. A live round got amongst dummy ones on a Lewis Gun being used for instruction. Killed one man and wounded another. I sat on the Board of Enquiry – no one to blame.
Artillery very noisy at night. Each side had an apparently aimless strafe at infantry.
[Lieutenant Josiah Taylor]
28th: Quite day. At 11 pm & 1 am (29th) our Artillery bombarded the enemy’s front line trenches for a few minutes each time. The enemy had previously bombarded the trenches of the 56th Division on our right, so our pre-arranged bombardment must have appeared like a retaliation to the Bosche.
139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]