At 3:00 PM, Battalion troops at the "Glory Hole" area were shelled by large shells known as "coal boxes".
October 10, 1915 to February 1916
Battalion carried on with trench routine, rotating in and out of the line. They worked to improve field works, dressing stations & actively patrol "No Man's Land". Rest periods were at the nearby village of Locre. Hot baths were 1 franc at the local convent, soap & towels not included. Meals at the convent were a welcomed break from the regular fare.
November 2, 1915
Lieutenant A.W. Northover receives the Military Cross. I'm still researching the circumstances of this award, any help appreciated.
December 25, 1915
Private J.C. (Darky) Andrews, a sniper from the 28th, observes and breaks up group of soldiers, about 20 from each side, exchanging cigarettes & souvenirs between the trenches. That night, the German sang hymns and carols, Many of the Battalion joined in on "Silent Night".
Battalion slides to the north to hold the line along the Ypres-Commines canal at the Bluffs, then further north to lines across the Ypres-Menin Road.
January 30, 1916
A trench raid, the 28th Battalion's first, is planned for the night of the 30-31. Between 10:00 PM -1:45 AM Scout-Sergent Turner and Corporal Conlin cut a path through German wire at the foot of Messines Ridge near Wyschaete, Belgium.
January 31, 1916
The trench Raid 2:30 AM, north of Kemmel is timed to coincide with a raid to the south by the 29th Battalion. Lieutenants D. E. Macintyre and K. C. Taylor lead 30 or 33, depending on accounts, men into the enemy trenches through the path cut in the wire. 6 minutes later, rally at entry point & retire. Corporal Conlin was killed along with one or two others, depending on the account. Captain Taylor and another officer were wounded along with 6-8 men, most by a machinegun that enfiaded the trench. The raid was considered a success by higher command, with 39 enemy killed for light casualties. The raid resulted in promotion of Lt. D.E. Macintyre to captain and transfer to 6th Brigade staff as Staff Captain (Intelligence).