This is an extract from Arthur Linfoot’s own transcription of his diary, written in 1976.
Up at about 5 o’clock after sleeping very little. Walked to and fro to keep warm. Saw a small book lying on the salvage dump (stuff taken off dead and wounded) outside aid post. It was a New Testament and on the flyleaf was written , “Read a verse every day and God will keep you safe. Mind you say your prayers. Loving Mother.” In the grey dawn it was depressing. Moved back to old bivouac near Chateau. Weather fine. Had a bath in horse bucket. Letter from Sandwith. Turned in about nine o’clock.