This is an extract from Arthur Linfoot’s own transcription of his diary, written in 1976.
Up at usual time. Attended church parade. Wrote letters to Geo. Crawford and Roland McDonald1. Now nine observation balloons up. Noise of guns very heavy at night. Bonny calm evening.
“Roland McDonald”: sic; RM was a Sunderland contact, first mentioned on 30 August 1914, but his name is unmistakably Ranald MacDonald. This is written several times in lists of addresses contained in the diaries, these lists including a service number which leads to this record at Lives of the First World War. ↩