St Omer. Change tents in morning. Dig a trench round it in afternoon for something to do. Have a hot bath in the town in the evening and finish up with Colgate at a little restaurant in the Rue-de-Calais, where one of the daughters of the house, whose husband is in Paris, obliges by singing to us. She has travelled all over the world practically, and is resuming her journeys after the war. Raining hard. Forgot to mention yesterday, had to attend before Capt. Otter to give evidence against sentry arrested yesterday.
St Omer. On Railhead guard ‘till 6 pm, a number of German and English prisoners. One man’s court-marshal sentence read out on parade. I have to put one of our guard under arrest for buying papers while on duty. Had our supper sent in from a neighbouring estaminet last night. Set in for rain this evening. Go out for a drink, and have some chips at the fried potato stall.
St Omer. Quarter-master’s stores in morning, fetch stores. Raining hard all the afternoon. Last night I heard the news in the ‘Voyageur’ about the big attack. French people very excited. On Railhead Commandant guard tonight. Awake all night to post sentries.
St Omer. Millar goes off with Chapman, on a German prisoner guard, up to Merville. Hang about all day. Go out in evening and try and get a ‘long service star’, but fail.
St Omer. Rain. Nothing doing all day. Pay parade. Go out in evening with Millar.
St Omer. Parade 9.45 am, range finding with instruments. Afternoon off. Go to a lecture at the Soldiers’ Institute, about the war illustrated by lantern slides. Raining. Up at 6 am. Lights out 9 pm.
Berguette. Day guard. Hear I am for St Omer this afternoon, finish packing and put my stripes up. Have a good send off, leaving at 2.30 arrive at 5. Take up my quarters in Radford’s tent. Meet Millar and go to dinner with him in the evening. Lights out here at 9 pm.