Saturday 20th February 1915

No 75. Fatigue work in woods cutting down trees. Hear that No 9 was struck in yesterday’s bombardment and the back of the house ruined. Thunderstorm at lunchtime. Go to No 9 to express our sorrow at their misfortune. His own house, had it for ten years, house alone without finish cost 1137 francs. Every room damaged except front room and front bedroom. Insurance doesn’t cover war risks, and he does not expect to get compensation from government, only the big owners do. M’slle Stella alone in house at the time and has narrow escape. Champ., J A Millar and I make up small parcel for them. Return to No 75 and turn in. Coffee and read in bed.

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