Up at 7 o’clock. Usual day. Had some fun in the tent at night. Read a piece of picture papers. Heavy gunfire during the night. News of advance near very good.
Day’s work as usual. Went to Y M at night and heard a Scotsman preaching. The service a pleasant change.
At work as usual. Frost again and heavy rain.
Usual day’s work. Frost easier and rain fell.
Up at 7.20. 19 in my tent. Finer morning, though still frosty.
Up shortly before 7 o’clock. Fed tent. Washed and shaved as usual and got ready for M O. Frost again, but fine morning.
Went to Lealvillers at night to the * picture house. Concert by the Naval Division Follies. A lot of nonsense.
Up at 7 o’clock. Busy all day. Usual work. Went to bed early.
Slightly * in the afternoon.
Several British advances made about this time. Also crisis with U S A and Germany. And the submarine ban†1.
Frost still holding.
This is the only mention in the diary of Ned, the dog. Dogs were used extensively by all sides during the conflict so the presence of a dog is unsurprising. Given that ALL was attached to a medical facility, it is possible that Ned was a casualty dog although he may just have been a mascot or pet. See Animals during the war at the BBC Schools World War One site. ↩