R trenches. Move up first thing in the morning to the ‘Z Hedge’ trench. This is the new trench that was dug when we were up last. No dug-outs, plenty of shelling. Take all the men out in front at night, and place them in shell holes behind the wire, and then post ‘A’ Coy’s screen 30 yards in front of wire.
R trenches. Fairly quiet during the day but, in the evening, they start sending over their big trench mortars.
Bayencourt. Return at 4.30 am. Pack up ready to move off. Take over R trenches (old Y48, 49 and 50) in afternoon. Battalion comes up later. Have a nice bivvy to myself in ‘York Street’, containing two wire beds, table, stools, fireplace and overmantle. Registering 9.2s each day.
Bayencourt. Nothing to do all day. Go up to ‘Werzel Street’ at night, working on the advanced dressing station there. Rain.
Bayencourt. B.O.S. all day. Raining on and off. Daylight Bill started.
Halloy. Do the practice attack in morning and march off to Bayencourt in afternoon. Same billets, same rain.
Halloy. Practice the attack again in morning behind smoke bombs fired from trench mortars. N.C.Os and officers talk it over in afternoon. Raining again.
Halloy. Practice attack in morning in the rain, have to take the ‘cemetery’, and dig ourselves in on the other side. Lord Mayor of London comes to inspect us in afternoon, have to wait two hours, on parade, for him.