29 November 1918; Friday

Up about 8 o’clock. Walked to school with Franchie1 and called at Wharnecliffe2 but Whittaker was not there. Called to see Mrs Fore†. I dressed Mr Inwood’s foot and moved off on the car. At station in good time. Left at 1.18. Spent an hour in York and called at the Minster. Arrived home at 6 o’clock and went up to Uncle George’s last thing.


  1. Was Franchie Inwood a school teacher? 

  2. Wharnecliffe War Hospital, where ALL had worked while stationed at Sheffield before being sent to France. 

27 November 1918; Wednesday

Up at 8 o’clock. Walked round the town with Father and made a few purchases. Went down to the mill1 in the afternoon and walked back by the paper mills. Mrs Rowe, Annie2 and Aunt Mary Linfoot3 in to tea. Played piano a lot.


  1. The mill: Hendon Paper Works again. 

  2. Annie: Not positively identified but probably not Sister Annie from church. Annie with no other qualification is mentioned in one previous entry on 3 March 1915, also in conjunction with Mrs Rowe. This may suggest that this Annie was a relative of Mrs Rowe (a daughter?). 

  3. Aunt Mary Linfoot: 2nd wife of Edward Beauman Linfoot? – if so, widowed in 1914

26 November 1918; Tuesday

Up about 7 o’clock. Went to Mr Eaves1 in the morning and talked to him a long while. Enjoyed the talk. Went to the mill2 in the afternoon. Mrs Whittaker3 a bit upset. Played piano.


  1. Edward Eaves was a minister at the South Durham Street United Methodist Free Church in Sunderland where ALL had been a member before joining the RAMC. See also all diary entries tagged Eaves

  2. The mill: Hendon Paper Works, where ALL had been employed prior to joining up. 

  3. Mrs Whittaker: Possibly Agnes Whittaker, mother of ALL’s friend Willie Whittaker, who had been killed in action on 22 October 1917

22 November 1918; Friday

Up about 6 o’clock. Had breakfast at the canteen and paraded early. Crossed by 11 o’clock 1 and arrived in London shortly after 3. Had tea at the Y M hut and left by the 5.302. Came up most of the way with an engineer chap. Arrived at midnight and found Joe and Father waiting for me.


  1. 11 o’clock: Presumably the 11am sailing from Boulogne (A) to Folkestone? 

  2. 5.30: presumably the 17:30 train from London (B) to Sunderland (C). 

21 November 1918; Thursday

Up at 5 o’clock. Old John got breakfast for me and we got a car. Left Cambrai shortly before 8 o’clock. Arrived at Boulogne1 at about 9 o’clock at night and went to a rest camp. Had dinner and slept 14 in a tent.

Left unit on leave.


  1. The map shows this stage of ALL’s journey to home leave, from Cagnoncles (A), via Cambrai (B) to Boulogne (C).