Barn. Exercise and run before breakfast. Wash and shave. March and platoon drill. Watch practice for the regimental sports. On guard in evening. Little rain during day.
Barn. Exercise and run in morning before breakfast. Pioneer fatigue in morning. Spend the afternoon reading. Watch the practice for the regimental sports, and wash and shave.
Barn. Wash and shave (make a note of this as it’s so unusual every day). Inspection and manoeuvres in morning. Picnic out of doors. Give evidence about men at base camp in afternoon. Stroll in evening.
Barn. Wash and shave. Church parade in Town Hall at Steenweerk, in same room as we saw the cinema. Communion service afterwards. Another perfect day. Go for a stroll in the evening towards Bailleul, see an armoured car belonging to the R.N.A.S. stuck in the mud.
In the trenches. Cleaning up ready to move off. Relieved by Worcesters at 4.15 pm. March off to billets in a barn about two miles west of Steenweerk. Arrive 7.30 pm. Orderly. Fine weather.
In the trenches. Last two days the weather has been lovely again, quite hot during the day. Nothing to do. Hear we are going to be relieved tomorrow and are going back. Raining all night. Wash and shave in ‘J.J.’ hole.
‘E’ breastworks. ‘Stand To’ at 3.30 am now. Fatigues, fetching tea, water and rations up to trenches. Wash in shell hole. Going up to ‘Right Sub Section’ trenches tonight. Arrive in trenches at 7.45 pm. Guard.
Elec. works. Drill and manoeuvres in morning. Straw fatigue in afternoon to Nieppe. Dinner at Henri Pottiers. Going up to trenches tonight. Raining. March up to ‘E’ breastwork from Armentieres. Two minutes halt for tea at the school, Ploegsteert. On guard. (Note: New members of 12 section on my return from Rouen. Hadson, Thompson, Oliver and Hubbard). West down with scarlet fever, and Elliott shot in b.s. (backside) and sent home
Elec. works. Drill and manoeuvres in morning. Rifle inspection. Stroll round the town with Millar and Oliver in afternoon, and along the canal in the evening with Millar, lose our way coming back. Offered the job of looking after the section in the absence of N.C.O., but let J.A.M. take it. Saw Anti-Aircraft Section for first time.