Sunday 13th June 1915

Home. Up 6.15 am. Holy Communion at St Stephens 7 am. Dr Davidson 9.30. Ninnis comes over and takes some photos. Hughes comes in for a few minutes. Run over to Ninnis’ to say goodbye. Mr Ninnis comes up to Victoria with mother. Leave Victoria 2 pm. Write to Mother in the train. Folkestone 4 pm. Cross to Boulogne in s/s ‘Victoria’ arriving 5.30 pm. Torpedo nets about a mile long in the Channel. Tea at station. Have a good sleep on the train which starts at 2 am next morning.

Thursday 10th June 1915

Boulogne. Sleep on board the S.E. and C. Railway boat ‘Victoria’. Breakfast in refreshment room in station at 3.30 am. Mess about drawing tickets and passes. Steam out 10.30 am, very windy and rain. Arrive at Folkestone 12.30 pm and lunch at the free bar. Send wire to Mother from Folkestone. Leave Folkestone 12.50 arrive at Victoria 3.05 pm, just missed the 3 o’oclock. Young lady presents me with some strawberries. Home at 4.30 pm. Went to Ninnis’, then Hugh’s, then back to Ninnis’.

Monday 7th June, 1915

St Omer. C.O’s parade in morning. Nothing to do for the rest of the day. Go for a stroll round in the evening, first to the Ruines St Bertin, where a searchlight has been placed on the tower, then to the church of St Denis, a very old church nothing special to mention about it. Next to the Basilique Notre-Dame, this is a splendid church, decorated throughout with red banners in the same way as the R.C. church at St Helier, Jersey. The side chapels are all screened off with black and brown marble. The carving especially of the pulpit and figures are wonderful. Splendid clock with 12 hours ‘till noon, 12 hours ‘till midnight, months, days, position of sun and stars etc. marked on it, and a very little man on top to strike the hours on a very big bell. Two of the doors are inscribed giving the names of, and dates when, different French kings entered. Tea and pastries at a confectioners near the square. Saw General French in the Jardin Public. One thing about the barracks, there is plenty of water for washing.

St Omer - St Bertin

St Omer - St Bertin

St Omer - Saint Denis

St Omer - Basilica Notre Dame

St Omer - Basilica Notre Dame

St Omer - public garden

St Omer - public garden

St Omer - statue

Sunday 6th June, 1915

On the train journey see plenty of ripe wild strawberries and forget-me-knots. Arrive at St Omer at 12.30 and march to barracks where we put up on first evening here in November. Served out with the black and green L.R.B. badges. Leave while at H.Q. is from 12 to 1, and 5 to 9.30 pm. Go out to dinner in evening at café Hotel Vasseur. Menu, soup, fish, roast lamb and haricot beans, French ham and lettuce, gooseberry jelly, cheese, coffee and cigars. Walk round town, some saint’s day or other, girls coming from the churches in white with veils and wreathes. Have neck poulticed and dressed.