23 June 1918; Sunday

Up at about 7 o’clock. Eggs for breakfast. Paraded at 9 o’clock and dismissed after inspection. Wrote to Charlie most of the morning and had a short walk before dinner with Harvey. Finished Charlie’s letter and posted it in the afternoon. Received letter from home in the afternoon. Had walk at night. Saw some very large scarce† sloe-berries. Glorious night.

Anniversary Sunday1 at home.


  1. ALL had noted “Sunday School Anniversary” on Sundays in mid-June in 1914 and 1915, though not in 1916 or 1917. Presumably the same anniversary as noted again here? 

21 June 1918; Friday

Up at about 7 o’clock. Paraded at 2 o’clock, full marching order, and marched to the buses a short distance away. Started off about 3 in the buses and arrived at Boussey le Petit1 at about 6 o’clock. Had tea and a walk round the village. Determined to write to Charlie.


  1. Boussey le Petit: this would be Broussy-le-Petit (B), Michelin map 515, square C10; 25km SW of Oger (A) and about 30km S of Épernay, E of D951. 

20 June 1918; Thursday

Up at 5.30. Pulled out bivouac, had breakfast, cleaned up and paraded at 8.30 and marched off at 9 o’clock. Passed through Avize and arrived at Oger1 at about 11 o’clock. Spent afternoon in billet and had pleasant walk at night. Fine night though showery morning. Received letter from Ernie and from Hilda Linfoot2.


  1. Avize (B) and Oger (C) are villages some 8km and 9km SE. from Pierry (A); Michelin 515, square O9. 

  2. Hilda Linfoot: ALL’s cousin in New Zealand. See Hilda disambiguation page

16 June 1918; Sunday

Up about 7 o’clock. Paraded at 9. Not much to do. Read a good lot of Wells’ “Passionate Friends”1 and wrote home and to Charlie. Received letter from home. Not much in the news. Our Divisional band played in the village in the afternoon and in the evening an Italian band played splendidly. Had walk with Holman at night. Quite a †new life† with this place. Saw the girl I spoke to a few days ago2. Some bonny kiddies in the town. The * of fair * in the crowd. Heard that Austrians had attacked on the Italian front.


  1. “[The] Passionate Friends”: 1913 novel by H G Wells. ALL had started to read this book a few days earlier, on 10 June. See also The Passionate Friends and Arthur Linfoot’s Library

  2. ALL did not record his earlier meeting with this girl in his diary. 

15 June 1918; Saturday

Up about 6.30 and on parade. Not much to do. Had baths repaired in the afternoon and went for a long walk with Sergeant Powell, Billy and Harvey at night. Splendid walk and splendid night. People looked at us strangely as if they hadn’t seen many English troops. Had a coffee in an estaminet in which were English, Italian and French troops, very picturesque.