Denis Kelly describes the conditions endured by troops at the front in return for seven shillings a week.

Denis Kelly describes the conditions endured by the troops in return for seven shillings a week.

He recalls being surrounded by the bodies of dead men and horses. Exploding shells filled the trenches with clay smothering men buried by the earth.

The supply of rations and reinforcements to the front lines was often disrupted by shell fire, which meant that the soldiers went hungry. Cigarettes, however, were plentiful.