5 February 1916; Saturday

On parade in the morning as usual. Watched our camp play the Northumberland [?Fusiliers] and lose by 3 to 1. Had tea in town with Black and walked round a bit.

Changed straw in our palliasses1 and received pay.


  1. Straw mattress; sometimes spelt as Fr. Paillasse, but Army pronunciation always ‘pally-­ass’. 

31 January 1916; Monday

On parade as usual. No lecture. On fatigue all day. Went to pictures at night. Stayed beside Black and his girl and her friend. In Y.M. last thing and Mrs Proctor told me off about not going to Mrs Ide’s to supper last night. She explained how Metgrave had asked me.

Big Zeppelin Raid1.


  1. Nine Zeppelins took part in the raid of 31 January -1 February 1916, seemingly targeting several cities in the Midlands. A lengthy description of the raid may be found here