Bayencourt. Return from trenches at half past three to turn in. Nothing doing rest of day.
Bayencourt. Fatigue work. Rifle inspection. Go to ‘Curios’ in the evening, but have to leave before the performance is ended as we are going up the line to dig a communication trench at 8.45 pm. I take charge of 13 Platoon to lead the way. Some shelling, but no damage done.
Bayencourt. Clean up parade and smoke helmet inspection. Meals at estaminet. Pay parade in afternoon.
Front line trench. Fleet of fourteen aeroplanes return after bombing raid over German lines. Not much shelling. Swan and I mess about during morning. Relieved at four, and march back to reserve at Bayencourt. Filthy billets with wire netting hammocks. Trench dug at back for cover in case of shelling.
Hebuterne. Go to Communion service held in cellar in the village, return to find we are going into front line at 12. We go. Take over Y 48 and 49. Swan and I act as trench commanders, which means about three hours sleep for each of us each day if we can get it. Old French trenches, too wide, no dug-outs.