The terrible ordeal experienced by the 1st Battalion King's Own Lancaster Regiment at Cambrai is told by Private W Barnes, who has returned to England. Barnes, who lives in Lower Broughton, received a bullet wound in the thigh, and was struck in the back by the fragments of a shell. The regiment marched throughout the night of August 25, and at daybreak on the following morning a halt was called with instructions, "What you have to eat, eat it". During the meal the men were surprised by the enemy, and fought for four hours on ground absolutely devoid of cover of any description. Colonel Dykes was one of the first to fall, and Lieutenant Steele Perkins, who lay next to Barnes, was killed by a bullet wound in the head. When further resistance was out of the question Barnes and a dozen comrades "made for it", but only three of the party reached a village close by and made their way to a church which was being used as a hospital. The church was fired on, and Barnes scrambled six miles before any assistance was rendered him. Here he met an Army Service Corps wagon and was conveyed to St Quentin. The German advance made it impossible to stay long, however, and they had to move first to Amiens, then to Rouen, finally to Harve where after a day's rest they embarked for England.