No 2 T. Base Camp. Get three days C.B. for not attending 7 am parade. Fatigue in Sgts. Mess, dinner and tea there. Service in Y.M.C.A. in evening. Wash, first time possible in camp.
No 2 T. Base Camp. Fatigue all day in R.E. yard, unloading galvanised iron plates. To the pictures again in evening, change of programme every night.
No 2 T. Base Camp. Parade before doctor at 9 am. Nothing to do all day. Y.M.C.A. tent here. Go to ‘Pictures’ with Baldwin in evening.
Convalescent Camp, Rouen. Parade 8 am before doctor, get passed out, then go for clothes. Pay parade in afternoon and march out at 4.30 pm to No 2 Territorial Base Camp. In bell tents. Met Baldwin in afternoon, and had tea with him in Con. Camp, got some marmalade for first time. Supper in Y.M.C.A. tent.
No 16 General Hospital. Le Treport to Rouen via Dieppe. 365 steps from the top of the cliffs, past the church, down to the town. Fine-looking old church. Start at 9 am with two days rations. Grand country between Le Treport and Dieppe, in fact all the way to Rouen, rolling downs and words, and pretty little villages with decent-looking churches, instead of flat country I have been used to. Yellow palm in bloom, plenty of mistletoe. Three quarters of an hours wait at Dieppe. Lunch in buffet. Wild daffodils and primroses in profusion in woods and along the banks. Arrive at Rouen 2.50 pm Go up to Con. Camp in motor ambulance given by Scottish Baptists. Rouen. See exterior of cathedral, very large town and plenty of good shops, notice in particular one large shop with tons of flowers, never seen one like it before, and Easter eggs. Con. Camp. Huts and marquees. I am in one of the huts. Baths, washhouses, library and recreation tent, football ground, boxing ring and rifle gallery, also canteen. Plenty of Indians about town. Trams have 1st and 2nd class and platform room.
No 16 General Hospital. Another cold day. Marched up for the front. Parade before the Colonel. Draw my uniform and new underclothing, towel and razor.
No 16 General Hospital. Feel all right again. Rather cold. Fitting up the nurses’ tents in afternoon.
No 16 General Hospital. Things rather upside down as not in proper working order yet. All Le Treport seems to have turned out to see us this afternoon. Quite a lot of fashionable people too. In the morning help to fit up our dining tent. Glorious day though a bit cold. Manage to get a copy of continental issue of Daily Mail.
Hospital, Le Treport. Up all day, go for a stroll on top of the cliffs before dinner. Name of hospital ‘Trianon Hotel’. Move to No 16 General Hospital, a camp about 10 minutes walk from here in grounds of ‘Terrasses Hotel’. Marquees lined inside, each containing six beds and lockers. Everything new, all tents only put up today, cups and plates, knives and forks served out to us after we arrive.
Hospital, Le Treport. Up all day, give a hand with things in the ward. No more roast chicken, which I have had every day for dinner since coming here.