Elect. Works. Rifle inspection and bomb throwing. Dinner at Henri Pottiers. Wash and shampoo at barbers. March back to Support farm in afternoon. Fatigue work in evening carrying planks, sandbags and pumps up to firing line (Get curaçao at Armentieres).
Elect. works. Champion returns. Rifle inspection in morning. Go to Nieppe in afternoon for bath. Stroll round after dinner. Go to ‘Follies’ in evening at Nieppe (light marching order and rifle). Jolly good concert. On guard tonight. Tobacco issue.
Front line. Rain as usual. Continue bailing. One or two alarms during previous night. Nothing of note during day except a rather daring flight by British aeroplane. March back to Armentieres about 9.30 pm.
Front line. Champion goes sick. Pea soup brought up. Middle of trench untenable, sides having fallen in and bottom knee deep in water. Snow and rain. Still bailing. Numbers of German dead lying in front of trench.
Front line. Raining. Plenty of sniping. Nothing much to do except bail and pump out trench. Only room for two in dugout but squeeze in four out of seven. Periscopes in trenches.
No 75. Orderly. Making barbed wire entanglements in morning. Cards in afternoon. Up to trenches in the evening. Fairs goes sick. Raining.
Although HOB does not identify which Company he was in, from cross-referencing his personal diary to the Bn. War Diary it is almost certain that he was in the 4th (D) Company.
No 75. Route march in morning. Cards in afternoon. Sample Malaga. Go with J A Millar to Blanche’s then to No 9.