Marched from ST. JEAN up duck walk about six miles into the PASSCHENDAELE country. We are in Bde. Reserve. 7th and 8th in front tonight ready for kick off in morning. 10th in Support and 5th Reserve. Found our position about 8 o'clock. Very dark and the mud was deep. No shelter of any kind. I had short trench to get into but half platoon had to dig in. B. Coy near us. A & D in Res. Heavy shelling all night by both sides. I lost two men through night. No sleep. Too cold and raining steadily.