Ryveld. Orderly Cpl. Still freezing.
Ryveld. Orderly Cpl. and frost continues. Hear that I have been passed over for promotion, and that there has been a row about it. Pay dates from Sept. 5th for L/Cpl. stripe.
Ryveld. Orderly Cpl. and frost all day.
Ryveld. Orderly Cpl. Speech by officer in command of 3rd Division in morning. Raining hard in afternoon. Letter writing in evening.
Ryveld. Run before breakfast. Brigade march past in morning, raining hard. Nothing doing after dinner. Turn out after tea to save what we can from ‘B’ Company’s billets which were burnt out.
From Godewaresvelde by motor bus to Steenwoorde and then on to billets at Ryveld arriving at 5.30 am. Stick in all the morning, lecture in afternoon. Go and see Millar in evening.
At the end of his second leave, Hob returned to his battalion at Ryveld and, a week later, they crossed the Belgian border to new billets at Poperinghe. Six days later they were back in the trenches again, but this time on fatigue work, and they returned to their billets at Poperinghe on 6th December after only seven days. They have a further nine days ‘rest and recreation’, and then return to the same trenches as before, but this time into the front line.
Home. Parade at 9 am Victoria. Train starts 10.30 am. Escorted from Folkestone to Boulogne by two airships. Leave Boulogne about 6 pm, arriving at Godewaresvelde at 3 am in morning.
Home. Get up too late to go to St Stephen’s. Leave home for Victoria by tram, and say goodbye to Mother and Mrs Ninnis at 1 o’clock. Hear the boat is not sailing, and return to Ninnis’ at 3 pm and stop the evening. Fred and Minnie over for a short time.
Home. Tea with Mrs Ninnis. Over to Wallington.