Human loss was not a major consideration with the Chinese, having so many at their disposal.
A great number of shells and mortar bombs were landing on our relatively small area, but our gunners did a magnificent job in applying the well organised defensive fire plan with their missiles passing overhead and missing us by just a few metres and killing so many of the enemy out in the open. I can recall tilting my head back, but holding firmly to my tin hat, and feeling the wind of the 25pdr shells as they descend to explode out in front of use.
Well done lads!
A brave Sergeant-Major also walked around all the forward trenches in case any casualties had been missed and to generally encourage everyone. I believe he was from a Canadian Regiment. A few minutes earlier and it could have been a bit embarrassing as I had half emptied a sand bag and scarpered over the back of the trench to answer a call of nature! In retrospect, quite an amusing incident with “all hell let loose around me”.