On fatigue with Ted† Copeland in the morning. Left off the job at 11 o’clock and got dressed. Got 12.8 train from Alnwick and arrived home shortly before 3 o’clock. Went down for Ernie at the shop1 with Joe. Called at Wiseman’s and then went over to Ernie’s nice house and saw Hilda and had tea. Called for Ernie at night again. Had walk out with Father, Joe and Ernie last thing. Went to bed late.
Weekend at Home.
Father got bad finger and Ernie too.
Received letter from Betty in reply to mine1. Wrote acknowledgement and said that I would be travelling through Morpeth. Out in the town at night and got one or two things. A bottle of scent for Gertie and a brooch for Dorothy.
On fatigue for Staff Sergeant Martin and off most of the morning. Read a good bit. At the pictures at night with Sergeant Sharpley. Paraded before the adjutant for a pass home. He said 48 hours would be all I would get.
On the same fatigue in the morning as yesterday. Lecture in the afternoon. Some snow and rain. Stayed in at night.
On parade as usual. Down by the station with a party and rode up and down on the motors. On the same job in the afternoon. Stayed in at night. Wrote letter to Miss Mack.
On parade as usual. Helped to put up boxing ring for tomorrow night. Lecture in the afternoon. At pictures at night with Black. Sharpley with us at the pictures.
Up at 7 o’clock. At church as usual. Walked up road in the afternoon. At church with Sharpley at night. Walked round with him afterwards but missed Miss Mack. Fine moonlight light [sic] and enjoyed the walk.
Up at 7 o’clock. On parade in the morning. Got pass through for 11 o’clock. Walked out with Black in the afternoon. Met Miss Mack at St Michael’s Church at 7 o’clock. Her elder sister was with her. Set them up home and then her elder sister left us and we had a walk on our own. I left her about 11 o’clock. My watch had stopped and I didn’t get into barracks until after 11.30. Had pleasant walk.
Up at 7 o’clock. Received letter from Miss Mack making appointment for tomorrow night. Wet morning and the men paraded in our hut. The major told Collins he cannot compliment him on the condition of his hut. Read about chemistry. Went into the town with Black at night and after calling at the Mechanical Institute1 met Miss Mack and her sister and with Black set them up home.
Up at 7 o’clock. On parade as usual. Working for West in the morning, sweeping out new V.A.D.1 Lecture in the afternoon. Stayed in at night. Read a book on chemistry and went to sleep. Went to Y.M. at 9 o’clock. Reported Zeppelin raid on North East Coast. Got pretty heavy cold, was up at night.