Brittain, Vera, Diary, 20 March 1915

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Diary of Vera Brittain

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Case Study: 
From Youth to Experience: Vera Brittain’s Work for Peace in Two World Wars
Creator: 
Brittain, Vera
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diary
Date: 
20 March 1915
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McMaster University Libraries
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Vera Brittain estate; McMaster University has a non-exclusive licence to publish this document.

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Saturday March 20th
There was another terrible long list -- 40 officer casualties added to the already large number which have resulted from the awful battle, the dearly-bought victory, of Neuve Chapelle last Thursday & Friday week. The fettered Press kept the world in the dark about it, & it is only through the long casualty lists that we are beginning to realise what it must have been. There are rumours that our losses there amount to 12,000 -- & the Germans' to about 20,000. Our dear ones are going out in time to be in the thick of it all. (Both the Worcestershires & the Sherwood Foresters have been engaged and have suffered terrible losses - more than any regiments except the Cameronians and the Northhamptonshires. Chiefly county regiments seem to have been involved.)
I also heard to-day that the 6th Sherwood Foresters went out about three weeks ago -- which means that Mr. Goodman, Mr. Heathcote, Mr. Saxby & the two Johnsons are all at the front or near it. This information, this ever-present reminder that "the air is full of farewells to the dying, And mournings for the dead", brought back partially the feeling of despair about Roland. But I shook