8 December 1918; Sunday

Up at about 7 o’clock. Went along to billet and got a place next to Billy. Walked out with him in the morning. Warned to go to number 18 C C S, in the afternoon after 2 o’clock. Arrived shortly after 2 o’clock and did nothing during the afternoon but look round the place. Did a little French at night and read a bit. Prospects none too pretty. Wrote home.

Went to Doullens.

7 December 1918; Saturday

Up at 5 am and fell in at 7. Entrained about 10 o’clock and arrived at Amiens about 6. Entrained in supplies train to Longpré1 and changed again to Doullens. Nurse with child beyond Longpré and Doullens. Left Doullens about 10.30 to walk to Longuevillette2 and got lift on a car. Arrived about 11 o’clock and got down in a hostel.


  1. Longpré: presumably Longpré-les-Corps-Saints, as on previous journeys. 

  2. The map shows this stage of ALL’s journey from Boulogne (A) to Longuevillette (E; Michelin square F7): 5km SW. of Doullens (D), via Amiens (B) and Longpré-les-Corps-Saints (C). 

6 December 1918; Friday

Arrived at King’s X at about 6.30. Crossed by tube to Victoria and left there about 7.30. Arrived Folkestone at about 10 and left at 2 o’clock. Slept part of the way across and * †landing nest the rest†. Stayed below. Arrived at Boulogne1 at about 5 o’clock. Marched up bank to camp and got bills and francs. Got down about 10 o’clock.


  1. The map shows ALL’s journey from Newcastle (A) to Boulogne (D), via London (B) and Folkestone (C). 

4 December 1918; Wednesday

Up about 8 o’clock. Went to Eaves’1 but he wasn’t in. Walked round town. Went to Roker in the afternoon. Uncle George in at night. Sister Mary to tea and Aunt Mary. Uncle George now on jury day-time until pretty late.


  1. Mr Eaves was a minister at the South Durham Street United Methodist Free Church, where ALL and his family were members. 

2 December 1918; Monday

Up at about 8 o’clock. Walked round town. Went to Mill1 in the afternoon and saw Mr Sandilands2 and he practically told me that they didn’t want me back3. Had a little party, Jack Holt, Charlie, Dora, Olive, Ada, Betty and Hilda4 to supper. Stayed until about 3 o’clock.


  1. “Mill”: The Hendon Paper Works Company, where ALL had been employed prior to joining the RAMC. 

  2. “Mr Sandilands”: Presumably the new manager at the Hendon Paper Works following the untimely death of Aitken

  3. ALL’s former employer evidently felt no moral obligation to re-employ returning servicemen. 

  4. Hilda: See Hilda disambiguation page