26 August 1916; Saturday

Worked outside in the morning at the dining hall. My afternoon off. Went with Duggins to Baillel [sic]. Walked so far and then jumped on the back of a motor lorry. Had a good day. Posted a few postcards. Went to the Y.M. and played the piano. First time since I have been in France. Went to the pictures and enjoyed them. Rode back in horse ambulance. Charlie Farr, Sam Hall, and Corporal Salisbury† in and they were all pretty well drunk. Had a good day.

23 August 1916; Wednesday

Up at 6.45 and had to hurry. A foot parade on and Taylor had to look after the group and I †to get the<m> washed†. Scrubbed one out with mop†. In the afternoon went across to headquarters and got a gramophone. It played most of afternoon, very good too. Washed mess tin first, mess tin cover and handkerchief. Wrote a letter home. Went to bed early.

Got friendly with an R.F.A. man called Salkeld, he went out in the afternoon.

22 August 1916; Tuesday

Up at 7 o’clock. Kept busy all morning washing floor. Had afternoon off. Received letter from home telling me of Chadwicks’1 departure. Read some of British Weekly. Had eggs and coffee and custard for super.


  1. Rev. Chadwick had been a minister at the South Durham Street United Methodist Free Church, of which ALL had been a member prior to enlisting. Rev. Chadwick was first mentioned on 4 January 1914, and again on many subsequent occasions