During the various battles of the Ypres Salient in WWI, were the trenches making up the salient occupied year-round? Meaning, were they occupied for the entire time after the 1st battle up to the 2nd, etc?I'm going to assume the answer is a 'yes,' but I just want to make sure, and Google isn't really giving me anything. I want my characters to be living in the trench, but the story isn't going to take place during the heat of battle, at least not the heat of battle there. One is dying of pneumonia and the other is healthy. Both characters are British.
Also, what is the were the lower ranks for soldiers in WWI? Like, entry-level and maybe a few ranks above. Google is giving me modern or WWII stuff, but nothing before then. And any other tidbits about medical treatment/soldier interaction/pneumonia/other stuff during life in the trenches are welcome.
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