Support Farm. On guard. Fatigue in woods all the evening. Relieved in afternoon, and return to No 75. Wash and shave, visit M’slle Stella’s with Champ. Late dinner.
Support Farm. Wash. Rifle inspection. Go to funeral of Gardiner who was shot last light. Awful day, strong wind and rain. Night fatigue in trench, 6 pm to 11.30 pm. On guard.
Rifleman J P Gardiner 9312 aged 20 London Rifle Brigade cemetery III C 6
Support Farm. Called out to ‘Stand to’ at 12.30 am and 6 am in case of attack. Good wash. Served with coffee instead of tea. Lovely day, nothing doing. Turn out at 11.30 pm to go up to firing line, fatigue party for gun replacement.
Elec. Works. Called up just after midnight, pack everything, dress and get ready to march off. The French have got two Alsatians who say the Germans are going to attack us either today or to-morrow. Turn in. Fire control drill. Rain and snow. March back to Support Farm. Up to trenches in evening on fatigue, carry up planks and return with pumps.
Elec. Works. Short march before breakfast. Pay. Lecture. Hair cut and shampoo. Service in afternoon in cookhouse. Omelette tea at private house, J A Millar, Champ. and I, some Jocks there.
Elec. Works. Clean up and rifle inspection. To Henri Pottier’s for dinner. Bath and change at Nieppe in afternoon, go to ‘Follies’ in evening at ‘Ecole Professional’ Fine performance in theatre of school, second half of programme given up to original sketch. Order out that we are only to write three letters a week. Rain on and off all day.
Front line. Snowing hard. Pumping and bailing. Relieved in evening, march back to Armentieres.
Front line. Manage to get the pump working. Bailing trench. Rained hard during the night. Start pumping after dark.