This is an extract from Arthur Linfoot’s own transcription of his diary, written in 1976.
Paraded with the guard. Tossed up and I won the officers’ guard. Had a bath in a biscuit tin. Also on guard at one o’clock and finished at five. Went to the village at night and bought three handkerchieves. Listened to the bank of 8th Glosters in front of the village church. It rained later on in the evening. Owing to the guns again? Saw twelve observation balloons in the air. A damaged aeroplane went through the village on a trailer.