Category Archives: July 1918

All diary entries written in July 1918.

21 July 1918; Sunday

Up about 7 o’clock and on duty at 8 o’clock. Not much to do all day, but fiddling about all day, no work of my own. Wrote letter home and went to C of E service and stayed to communion but didn’t partake of it. Had short walk afterwards with Billy Truman. Slept in headquarters billet again. Slept pretty well.

20 July 1918; Saturday

Up early and packed up. Ambulance paraded at 8.45. Billy Truman and I stayed behind and looked to the disposal of some patients. A corporal in the sanitary section called Linfoot spoke to me and told me about himself. He lives at Manchester but hails from Yorkshire1. Rode to Bourecq2 by car and arrived before the ambulance. Looked to the few patients and opened out hospital in a coal† shop.

Splendid news from the Champagne district.


  1. Many of the Linfoots, including ALL himself, could trace their roots to North Yorkshire. It is possible that ALL and this new Linfoot were distantly related in some way. See also Family page

  2. Bourecq (B): western suburb of Lillers, about 8.5 km NNW of Auchel (A). 

17 July 1918; Wednesday

Up about 6.30. Felt a bit groggy all day and ran a temperature of 102.4 at night. Turned in at 6 o’clock. Talked with Billy and Exley until about 9 and then took some aspirin and went to sleep. News that the Germans have advanced a little in the Champagne region and also had losses. Thunder at night. Read two good sermons in the “Great Commonwealth”1.


  1. The Great Commonwealth: Possibly a Christian magazine or periodical taking its name from a passage in  2 Maccabees which describes how Judas Maccabeus led a small army to victory against a superior foe by entrusting the outcome to God. This seems to have been a popular theme among preachers of the time. See also 8 April 1917

13 July 1918; Saturday

Up about 7 o’clock. Busy until 6 o’clock at night. Walked round town and round pit head. Saw the engine room, the winding gear and watched men and tubs going up and down. Watched the girls sorting at the screening place. Very interesting. Had a drink of coffee with Steve Bott and Edgar, Billy and Steve. The news pretty good. Received letter from Ernie and one from Ranald MacDonald. Jerry over at night but dropped nothing very close.