Category Archives: 1918

All diary entries written in 1918

19 May 1918; Sunday

Up about 7 o’clock. Paraded in the morning and spent the morning rearranging the stuff on the limber. In the dinnertime detailed off to go to the *1 to run a small hospital, Truman, Harvey and I. Got to the village about 3 o’clock and got the place fitted up before tea. Walked along to * at night with Harvey. Pleasant walk and glorious afternoon.

  1. The indecipherable village (?W-s-(t)-l-n/s, or ?Ch-r-s-(t)-l-n/s) was c. 8 miles from Châlons, but we don’t know in which direction. 

18 May 1918; Saturday

Woke up in the train about 7 o’clock after tolerably† decent night. Splendid sunset, the best I have seen, †up the Marne valley†. Arrived at Châlons1 about midday and detrained. Passed through the town. People looked very nice. Marched 8 miles in the fearfully hot sun and arrived at [space left, presumably intending to fill name in later] about 5. A lot of the chaps drunk at night. Walked out with Billy Truman and heard some nightingales singing.

  1. Châlons: apparently Châlons-en-Champagne; map square G9 on Michelin Regional map 515 (Champagne-Ardenne). This train journey of more than a day had taken ALL from near Esquelbecq (A) to Châlons-en-Champagne (B). 

17 May 1918; Friday

Dreadful all night. German aeroplanes over the top of us the early part of the evening. Dreadful along the coast in the truck. Slept a little after the early hours of the morning. Slept a good bit during the day. No tea to drink and not much to eat. Very hot sun. Watched the passing sunset and it was very pretty. Turned it in about 10 o’clock. Humphreys† illustrated† an old woman’s face in a passing train.

16 May 1918; Thursday

Paraded at 9 o’clock. Short route march in the morning. Sun very hot. Lay in our dugout all afternoon after taking down the flags and pole. Paraded at 5.30 full marching order and marched off to a rail head1 about an hour’s march away. Entrained at 8.

  1. It is not clear where this rail head was. 

15 May 1918; Wednesday

Up about 7.30. In the ward but read part of the morning. Went to Esquelbecq1 in the afternoon on a car with some cases. Several bed <cases> also with me. Glorious day and ride. Had tea in neighbouring village. The 16th Ambulance took over from us2.

  1. Esquelbecq (B): 18km SE. of Dunkerque and 19km W of Proven (A); Michelin square G2. 

  2. The 16th Ambulance presumably took over the DRS at Proven, which ALL had just left.