22 March 1917; Thursday

Up at 7 o’clock and on duty at 7.30. Kept busy all day. A bit of tension but only a few patients in. Went to Locre1 at night with Sergeant Powell and Ike Taylor at night and saw part 3 and 4 of the Somme pictures. Had a snack at the YM hall.

Gas helmet parade.


  1. Locre: now (Flemish) Loker (B), 3km SSW. of La Clytte/Klijte (A), Michelin square I3. 

21 March 1917; Wednesday

Up at 6 o’clock. Blankets handed in about 7 and marched off1 at 8 o’clock. Passed through Bailleul. Arrived at La Clyte2 about noon. Detailed off for the hospital in the afternoon. A fine hospital – * a school. Sergeant Powell in charge and the usual 6 on the job.   11 kilos.


  1. “Marched off”, from Outtersteene (A). 

  2. La Clyte: sic – actually La Clytte in 1917 and now (Flemish) Klijte (B), midway between Bailleul and Ypres (Ieper), on the D23; Michelin square I3. 

20 March 1917; Tuesday

Up at 7.30. Parade at 10 o’clock. Pottered about all day. Walked into Meteren 1 at night with Harvey and Holman and called at Jeanes2. Had eggs and chips and spent a pleasant evening. Lost our way going back and arrived about 9 o’clock.


  1. Méteren (B) is 6km NNE. of Outtersteene (A), 5km W. of Bailleul; Michelin square I3. 

  2. Jeanes, or Jennis: nothing known. 

19 March 1917; Monday

Up at 7.30. Had eggs and chips for dinner along with Harvey. Had full marching order inspection and then cleaned the waggons. Walked into Baileul1 in the afternoon. Had tea and then went to the Merry Munroes 2 and enjoyed their concert. Returned about 9 o’clock.


  1. Bailleul (B): 5km NW. of  Outtersteene (A) and 16km SSW. of Ypres; Michelin square I3. 

  2. Merry Munroes: Another soldiers’ revue? See “Merry Mauves” on 22 and 26 September 1916, also at Bailleul. 

18 March 1917; Sunday

Mooned about until 2 o’clock. Came back to the billet and roused * house. Up at 6.30. Cleaned up ready for parade. Dull morning. Marched off about 11 o’clock. Passed through Hazebrouck1 and saw the people going out of the big church. Sat by the roadside and had tea served up. Arrived at Outersteene2 about 4.30. Decent village and good billet. Went out with Holman and had eggs and chips. Supposed to finish guard but didn’t go on it. Had short walk in the direction of Meteren3. Four of our chaps went into Méteren. Turned in early. Had meat and tinned tongue for supper. 22 kilos. Heard rumour of Bapaume being captured and revolt in Russia.


  1. Hazebrouck (B): 11km NE. of Boësighem (A); Michelin square H3. 

  2. Outersteene (C): Outtersteene is 10km E. of Hazebrouck, 5km SW. of Bailleul (D), Michelin square I3. 

  3. Meteren (E): Méteren is 6km NNE. of Outtersteene, 5km W. of Bailleul (D); also Michelin square I3. 

17 March 1917; Saturday

Up at 7 o’clock. Cleaned up and cleared up billet. Marched off about 10 o’clock and arrived at Bouzingham1 at about 2 o’clock. Received parcel from home.

12 kilos.

Fell in for guard at 6 o’clock and decided I to be 2nd. Todd of B section went first and left house last. Went on guard at 10 o’clock. Sat on the front of an ambulance waggon most of the time.


  1. Bouzingham: possibly Boëseghem (B), 12km N. of Lespesses (A) and 4km NE. of Aire-sur-la-Lys (C), on the D157 to Hazebrouck; Michelin square G4. 

16 March 1917; Friday

[This entry written on page for 15 March, “15” altered to “16”.]

Up at 6.30. Fell in at 9.15. Marched off with the band. Had good march and arrived at Lespesses1 about noon. Walked into St Hilaire at night2 with Bernard Stanton and spent a few minutes in a canteen. Returned home about 8 o’clock. Finished reading They & I by Jerome3. Billeted in an outhouse near a barn.

10 kilos.


  1. Lespesses (B): 10km N. of Pernes (A) and 4km W. of Lillers; Michelin square G4. 

  2. St Hilaire: St-Hilaire-Cottes (C), 1km NW. of Lespesses; also Michelin square G4. 

  3. They and I by Jerome K. Jerome, most famous for Three Men in a Boat, is apparently one of his lesser known works. It is a first person narrative concerning the remodelling of a house, and the interactions of the narrator with his children during this process. See also Arthur Linfoot’s library

15 March 1917; Thursday

[This entry written on page for 16 March, “16” altered to “15”.]

Up at 8 o’clock and rested all day. Spent the forenoon in the village. After dinner cleaned waggons and then went to the Canadian camp and listened to the Divisional band and watched two football matches. After tea went round the village with Stanton. Called in the church and stayed a few minutes to a service and heard the organ. Turned in pretty early.