Monthly Archives: January 2017

11 January 1917; Thursday

On duty first thing as usual, and relieved about 10.30. Packed kit, had dinner, helped to pack up and moved off about 12 o’clock. Arrived at Authie1 at about 4 o’clock after a terrible heavy march. Felt beastly done up. Billeted in the same camp but in the lower house. Nice house with * †views in and baluster on†.

  1. “Authie”: ALL was first at Authie on 7th October 1916, apparently at the same camp but a different billet. 

9 January 1917; Tuesday

Up at 7.30. On duty in the hospital as usual. A section marched off up the line. A lot of fuss about the D M S1 coming and he didn’t come round. C O in a bad temper in the morning and sent most men off to duty. Wrote letter to Leishman in the Y M at night. I talked to a corporal of the Wilts2 just out, for a few minutes. At the service.

  1. D M S: Director of Medical Services. 

  2. Wilts: the 6th Wiltshire Regiment was in 58 Brigade, 19th (Western) Division. 

2 January 1917; Tuesday

On duty as usual. Harvey’s turn off. Kept busy all day. A man with a temperature of 103 at night. CSM1 had a temperature of 103.22 and was delirious. We moved him to the hospital at the top of the village in the Ford car at 10 o’clock. Rain a good part of the night.

News of Russian retreat in Roumania34.

  1. CSM: Company Sergeant-Major. 

  2. 103.2 °F is c. 39.5 °C; a moderate fever. 

  3. In late 1916, the Russians began sending numerous reinforcements to Moldavia to prevent an invasion of southern Russia, significantly reducing their presence in Romania. Southern Romania fell into the hands of the Central Powers. See Romania during World War I at Wikipedia. 

  4. See also note on 30 August 1916 re spelling of Romania.