In dugouts. Clean ours out and drain path round. Short rations. Take a fatigue party up to the trenches at night returning half-past twelve. Raining.
Poperinghe. Raining. Rifle inspection after breakfast. Clear up billets and get ready to march off after dinner. March up through Keninghelst and St Eloc about 9 miles. Raining all the time. In dugouts just outside Voormezeele.
How strange to read the name Voormezeele knowing that, almost three years later on the 2nd August 1918, my grandfather Allan Ninnis was killed whilst on patrol in Scottish Wood, only two or three hundred yards West of the same village.
Poperinghe. Very hard frost. Get up in time for breakfast. Look over one of the churches and then go to service at Soldiers’ Club. Pictures in afternoon. Supper out in evening. Lecture on the trenches at 8.30 pm.
Poperinghe. Route march in morning to Abeele again. Afternoon at the Soldiers’ Club. Big spread tea in billets for Brook’s 21st birthday. Supper out.
Inspection in morning. Snowing. Spend the afternoon at the Soldiers’ Club, one time a bonnet shop. Go to pictures again in evening.
Poperinghe. Inspection of ammunition and equipment in morning. Go for a stroll round the town. Spend the evening at the 6th Cinema.
Ryveld. March off to Poperinghe via Winnerzeele and Watou. Arrive at 2 pm. Billeted in Grand Concert hall. Give dinner to my section in evening.
Ryveld. Run before breakfast. Drill in morning. Go to Cassel in afternoon. Have tea there and spend the evening. Quaint old town on hill. H.Q. of 2nd Army, General Plumer. Frost still holds.