3rd line trench. Orderly Cpl. Rain as usual. Relieved 7 pm, and march back to a point on railway about two miles above Vlamertynghe to entrain. Shelled while waiting, no damage done. Arrive back in billets 10.30 pm. Hot tea and rum. Parcel from St John’s school.
3rd line trench. Fatigues during day. Fetch up the soup in evening. Raining.
T 3. Nothing doing much, continue to repair trench. Relieved in evening and return to 3rd line. Soup served out.
T 3. Stand to twice during the night. Once for small wind up on our left, and again at about 4 am when the attack by the Germans on the Ypres-Menin Railway started. Bring in listening post for this affair as things look serious, but nothing happens on our front where the Germans are about 250 yards away, except that we get a goodly dose of ‘tear shells’. Raining hard. Battle lasts ‘till noon.
T 3. Heavy shelling from our own artillery all afternoon, otherwise very quiet. Draining trench.
Poperinghe. Clearing and packing up ready for marching off. Send off Christmas cards. Proceed to Poperinghe Station 3.15 pm. March up to front line trench, T 3 arriving 7.30 pm. No bivvys in our trench. Raining.
Poperinghe. Nothing doing all day. Mess about in billet. With Millar and Reeve to pictures in the evening.
Poperinghe. Orderly Cpl. At the ‘Fancies’ in evening.