Went to Baileul [sic] at 8.30 to have tooth done. Got there about 9 o’clock. Walked round town. Had dinner at the C.C.S. Left Bailleul about 3 o’clock. Called in at the house in the village we found the other night and had coffee. Munton, Taylor and Moss. Worked an hour extra at night. Wrote letter to Dorothy and commenced one to Father in reply to one <I> had received from him today.
Roumania joined the Allies (not least because Bulgaria was with the Central Powers) with singularly bad timing. Falkenhayn was removed from the Western Front due to his perceived failures (and replaced by Hindenburg, who was President of Germany in 1933 when Hitler became Chancellor), but when transferred to Transylvania (still part of Austria-Hungary at this time) proved much too good for the Roumanians, who were routed in Wallachia (the southern portion of the country, between the Carpathians and the Danube, where Bucharest is situated) and were driven back to their original capital Iași (pronounced Yash; formerly spelt Jassy) at the Northern end of Moldova. ↩
On fatigue in the morning washing out a room. In the afternoon I did wash in another room. Wet day. Out at Y.M. at night. Rumour that Roumania * has joined Allies.
Up at 5 o’clock. Marched off at 9†.30. Heavy road and very muddy. Arrived about 11 o’clock. Call new village Meteren1. Germans here a few days and driven out by British. Going to run a D.R.S. 2 and we are the advance party to clean up. Unloaded† waggons in the afternoon. Went round village at night and found Y.M. Played piano a bit. Dug latrines and dug up some refuse with a fearful smell.
On duty as usual. Received orders to move tomorrow. Took down our bivouac. Last thing received orders to pack our waggons and worked until nearly midnight. Slept in the hospital on stretcher.
Worked outside in the morning at the dining hall. My afternoon off. Went with Duggins to Baillel [sic]. Walked so far and then jumped on the back of a motor lorry. Had a good day. Posted a few postcards. Went to the Y.M. and played the piano. First time since I have been in France. Went to the pictures and enjoyed them. Rode back in horse ambulance. Charlie Farr, Sam Hall, and Corporal Salisbury† in and they were all pretty well drunk. Had a good day.
Up well before 7 o’clock.
Took our turn outside in the dining hall. Very little to do. I had fatigue over at the other side and helped to build a stable. Spent day digging over foundations.
Up at 6.30. Dressed and went across to headquarters with Taylor and off to Baileul C.C.S. for dental treatment again. Drilled a bit more out of my tooth and bade† me to go back in 6 days. Had a good day.
Up at 6.45 and had to hurry. A foot parade on and Taylor had to look after the group and I †to get the<m> washed†. Scrubbed one out with mop†. In the afternoon went across to headquarters and got a gramophone. It played most of afternoon, very good too. Washed mess tin first, mess tin cover and handkerchief. Wrote a letter home. Went to bed early.
Got friendly with an R.F.A. man called Salkeld, he went out in the afternoon.
Up at 7 o’clock. Kept busy all morning washing floor. Had afternoon off. Received letter from home telling me of Chadwicks’1 departure. Read some of British Weekly. Had eggs and coffee and custard for super.