17 November 1918; Sunday

Up at about 7 o’clock. Had bath at Cauroir1 in the morning. Wrote letters in the afternoon and went to Cauroir to the service at night. Got a bit of a cold and a sore throat.

Received a letter from Father and letter from Mother dated 11th inst. telling me of the doings in Sunderland.


  1. Cauroir (B): written only in shorthand, but seems fairly certain; about 1km SW. of Cagnoncles (A). 

16 November 1918; Saturday

Up about 7 o’clock. Marched off shortly after 9. Arrived at Cagnocles1 about 2 o’clock. Wrote and did French at night. Had short walk.


  1. Cagnocles: Cagnoncles (B), 14km W. of Haussy (A) and 6km E. Cambrai. 

15 November 1918; Friday

Up about 7.30. Moved off about 10 o’clock and arrived at Haussy1 about 2.30. Had a good billet. Received letters from home, Ernie and Charlie. 5 men going on leave tomorrow. Had good night’s sleep.


  1. Haussy (B): 10km SW. of Sepmeries (A) and 3km SE. of Montrécourt; see 2 November. 

14 November 1918; Thursday

Up at about 7.30. Ordered to pack up and march off about 11 o’clock. Marched after dinner until nearly 5 o’clock, when we arrived at Sepmeries1. Received letter from Ernie. Pretty heavy march and we were tired when we arrived. Got down to bed early and slept well.


  1. Sepmeries (B): 15km WSW. of Bettrechies (A) and 9km SSE. of Valenciennes; Michelin square N6. 

10 November 1918; Sunday

Up about 7 o’clock and moved off at about 9.30. Arrived at Bettrechies1 about noon. A D S people and most of the bearers arrived shortly afterwards. Heard that peace was imminent and that the German navy was in a state of mutiny. Had long walk round about village at night with Harvey and sleep† with Billy Truman. Received letter from home at night.


  1. Bettrechies (B): halfway between Houdain-lez-Bavay (A) and Bry; i.e. now moving W. after the long march E. 

9 November 1918; Saturday

Up at about 6.30. Moved off to Houdin1 at 8.30 and arrived about 11 o’clock. Fitted up sick room. We left the few bearers behind with six days’ rations. Our bearers left new† position and moved up the line again. A rumour of big victories and peace.


  1. Houdin: Houdain-lez-Bavay (B), 8km E. of Bry (A), just N. of the D649; Michelin square O6. 

8 November 1918; Friday

Called up at 1 o’clock to go on night duty. Shaved about 2 o’clock and stayed up all night. Rather sleepy. Got breakfasts for patients. Fell in about 8.30 and arrived at Pry1 at about 10 o’clock. Opened up hospital. A few of our bearers down with sore feet. Carter ruptured himself and went down. A few of our bearers including John Dory came down slightly sick.


  1. Pry: probably Bry (B), 3km E. of Jenlain (A) – there is a Prouvy, but this is 13km away to the W.