The Armistice of Villa Giusti, signed on 3 November, officially ended warfare between Italy and Austria-Hungary on the Italian Front. On 31 October, Hungary ended the personal union with Austria, officially dissolving the Monarchy and making the Armistice inevitable. It was, perhaps, the imminent collapse of Austria-Hungary which led ALL to note that Austria had “turned it in”. ↩
The Armistice of Mudros concluded on 30 October 1918 and ended hostilities between the Ottoman Empire and the Allies at noon on the 31st. ↩
Up at about 7.30. Nothing doing in the morning. Heard definitely that the Italians and French have attacked. Returned to headquarters at night to commence work in the ward with Edgar. Walked from Cauroir to Rieux. Vic Barber and Biggs to our place.
Up at about 8 o’clock and had breakfast late. Walked out to find unit and ultimately found them in Rieux. Had dinner there and got some rations and walked back. Received letter from Charlie dated 10th inst. and glad to know he is all right. Went to the Follies at night with Brigade headquarters. They were not up to usual form.
Up shortly after 7 o’clock. Moved from Avesnes to Cauroir1 by lorry along with the bath people. Parade in cellars but worked hard all day and got a fire in there and made them comfortable by night. Walked out and tried to find the service but failed. Wrote letters.
Cauroir (B): 7km W. of Avesnes-les-Aubert (A); ALL now 5km E. of Cambrai centre; Michelin square L6. ↩
Up at about 7. Packed up and set out for Avesnes les Aubert and arrived shortly after 9. Commenced duty in the baths. Messed about the baths all day. Walked to Rieux at night and played cards with the boys and walked up with Edgar Sims. Slept on the floor and was pretty cold. Received letter from home telling me that Mother is unwell again.
Up about 7 and went to the baths all day. Pretty unsatisfactory job. Finished about 4 o’clock. Commenced to write letter to Ranald MacDonald and didn’t finish it. Heard that we have taken another 100 guns and advanced further. Guns sound a long way off.
Up at 7 o’clock. Paraded for a bath at 8 o’clock. Paraded at 2 and got hospital ready. Told at 3.30 that Billy and I had to go to another village to a baths job. Went by car at 4.30 and couldn’t find our baths. Ultimately found the place in ruined village and returned to our billet for the night.
Up at 7 o’clock and found the place pretty full of wounded. I was clerk all day. The 61st Division relieved us at 4. We waited until after 5 for a car. Had to go a new way and were lost. Changed drivers and the new man was no good. Had a puncture and didn’t arrive until about 8 o’clock. Got down to it and slept well. Harry Streets back again with the unit. Heard that the Belgians had advanced well up the Belgian coast and that the whole region is moving forward.
Up at about 7 o’clock. Kept busy all day and were properly fed up at night. Had some bad cases in from field artillery. Not so much shelling, but quite enough.
Awoke in the early hours of Wednesday morning with heavy shelling in the village. Some fell behind our place and one immediately in front and the gas came to us very strongly. Barrage went up at 2 o’clock and the German artillery stopped.