At School. Route march in morning. Communion service in afternoon, about 70 present. Go with J A Millar to M’slle Stella’s again in evening. New Year’s Concert starts at 9.30 pm, finishes just at 12 pm. Beer supplied by officers. Hot rum served out in school yard afterwards. Some of the Somerset men present. Jolly evening.
At School. Clean up and inspection in morning. Have application form for separation allowance. Resting and reading in afternoon. Go with J A Millar to M’slle Stella’s for supper. Impromptu concert in evening. Chaps rake out a piano from somewhere. Tobacco issue. Orderly
Breastworks. Cutting down trees in morning. Return to billets in school in afternoon. Receive Princess Mary’s Xmas present. Rain in morning but clears up and turns out lovely night. Was, hair cut and shave and coffee at barbers. (Note) Number of shrines or altars and crucifixes along roadside, and figures of Mary in niches of private houses. Stoves in the houses stand out in the room, paved floors, café au lait always kept ready. Little boys smoke and drink and wear smocks, while quite big lads wear knickerbockers and socks. Cheapness of everything except bread, butter and sweets. No fish obtainable.
Breastworks. Fatigue work all day fetching water and bricks up to firing line from ruined houses between ours and German lines. Have to go out near German lines at night to fetch straw. La Gheer. Raining hard. Breastworks leaks like ____. Mud worse than ever.
 Gheer is a hamlet at the South East corner of Ploegsteert Wood.
Front line. Can’t get much water for tea or anything. Lot of big gun firing. Rain fairly heavy. Bailing out trenches. Move back to breastworks in afternoon. Go down to Ploegsteert in evening to fetch straw. Get tea at an estaminet. On guard for three hours in rain.
Front line. Not much firing. Manage very well for grub. Frost still holds. RBs play Duitchers football. Lose 3-2. Snowing hard in afternoon turning to sleet in evening. In 2nd line trenches. Spend evening reading ‘Virginian’. Get a sleep all night.
Bn. War Diary entry: ‘Freezing & snowing – very quiet day’
Front line. Still freezing hard. No firing along our part of the line all day. Receive Xmas parcel from 2nd battalion. Men from both sides meet between the lines, shake hands and exchange cigarettes. Champion gets a cigar from one. J A Millar, Robins and I arrive too late. German dead lying about. Did ourselves well in the grub line. Breakfast: Sardines, bread and butter and jam, cocoa. Dinner: Hot maconochie, biscuits and cheese and tinned plum pudding (a present from the County Territorial Association) and coffee. Tea: Biscuits, butter, jam and tea. Afterwards, rum punch and a slice of plum pudding and rum just before turning in. On guard four hours.
Bn. War Diary entry: ‘Freezing – very quiet day practically no shooting’
Breastworks. Filling up sandbags in morning. Go up to RB’s front line in afternoon. All firing ceases along the line, except the E. Lancs. Trenches, from about 5 pm. Band in German trenches plays carols, Austrian National Anthem, and God Save the King. Cheering from both sides and Christmas wishes exchanged. Our men singing as well. On guard four hours. Xmas cards from King, Queen, and Brigade. Hard frost.
Brewery. Cutting and carrying trees in morning and afternoon. Go up to breastworks in evening. Raining all night. On guard two hours.