20 October 1918; Sunday

Up about 7 o’clock. Rather restless night and awoke with the barrage at 2 o’clock. Lumps of ceiling falling down during the night with the wet. Lay about all day. Changed billet. Received a letter from Harvey saying that he had got an extension of leave. A big shell dropped in the village and we all went down to the cellar. Sat there and slept all night. Had good night. Warned for A D S in the morning.

19 October 1918; Saturday

Up at about 7 o’clock. Changed over rooms and cleaned up. Received orders that we should prepare to be going into action tonight. Division going over the top. Party of bearers and A D S party moved off well after 2 o’clock to Avesnes les Aubers1 and arrived shortly after tea time. Got up into hutch building for billet and played cards with Wood, Dory, Billy and Edgar until late, and then got down to it. Wet, dismal night.


  1. Avesnes les Aubers : Avesnes-les-Aubert (B), 2km E. of Rieux-en-Cambrésis (A). 

18 October 1918; Friday

Up about 6 o’clock. Breakfast 6.30. Packed up and moved at 9 o’clock. Arrived at Rieux1 about 1 o’clock. Opened up hospital after dinner and slept in cellar under hospital. Heard that Ostend & Bruges had been taken and that Lille is encircled.


  1. Rieux: Rieux-en-Cambrésis (B), 13km ENE. of Proville (A); Michelin square M6. 

16 October 1918; Wednesday

Up at about 7 o’clock and on duty. Wet night and day. Had to move our beds in the night owing to the rain coming through the roof. Heard that the Belgians had advanced further and taken prisoners and guns. Had some music at night and turned in about 9 o’clock. Had long talk with old artilleryman in the ward.

13 October 1918; Sunday

Up at about 7 o’clock. Heard that we were to move again and moved off about 11 o’clock. Arrived on the etcetera1 of Cambrai near Proville2 before dinner and took over billet with an organ in it. Billy Truman and I were moved over to the hospital in the afternoon and slept there at night. Spent afternoon preparing hospital.


  1. This shorthand outline is exactly as ALL writes “etcetera” elsewhere; he must surely have intended “outskirts”, or a similar word. 

  2. Proville (B): SW. suburb of Cambrai, about 4km from centre and 4km E. of Fontaine-Notre-Dame (A).