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. 

7 November 1918; Thursday

Up at 5 o’clock. Finished guard at 9 and lay down until mid-day. On fatigue for a short time in the afternoon. Did a bit French. Mick Oliver back from leave. Communiqué says that two German delegations have crossed over to the 24th Division to discuss things, and many wild rumours. Lay down at about 8 o’clock and up shortly after mid-night.

6 November 1918; Wednesday

Up at about 5.30. Wet morning. Heavy barrage. Marched off at 8 o’clock. Rained heavily and <wet> bed sheets. Went across country part of the way. Arrived at Jenlain1 about mid-day. Put on guard at night and did 9 – 1 and 5 – 9. Went round to church in the afternoon, with Wood, Jones and Tresand and party of 57th men. Rained all the while. Heard that the Americans and French are doing well.


  1. Jenlain (B): 12km NE. of Vendegies-sur-Écaillon (A) and 10km SE. of Valenciennes, N. of D649 to Maubeuge; Michelin square N6. 

4 November 1918; Monday

Up shortly after 7. Packed up ready to move. Heard that the Germans had retired and our people advanced to the position which they were going to attack this morning. Also rumour that leave will open shortly. Wrote letter to Mother and talked about pre-war work and turned in about 9.20. Read scraps from Everyman1. Moved to Vendegies2.


  1. See Everyman and all posts tagged Everyman

  2. Vendegies: probably Vendegies-sur-Écaillon (B), 6km ENE. from Montrécourt (A), ie still moving steadily NE. from Cambrai; but there is also a Vendegies-au-Bois (C), some 11km further S.; both in Michelin square N6.