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Peace and rumours of peace.

10 November 1918; Sunday

Up about 7 o’clock and moved off at about 9.30. Arrived at Bettrechies1 about noon. A D S people and most of the bearers arrived shortly afterwards. Heard that peace was imminent and that the German navy was in a state of mutiny. Had long walk round about village at night with Harvey and sleep† with Billy Truman. Received letter from home at night.

  1. Bettrechies (B): halfway between Houdain-lez-Bavay (A) and Bry; i.e. now moving W. after the long march E. 

9 November 1918; Saturday

Up at about 6.30. Moved off to Houdin1 at 8.30 and arrived about 11 o’clock. Fitted up sick room. We left the few bearers behind with six days’ rations. Our bearers left new† position and moved up the line again. A rumour of big victories and peace.

  1. Houdin: Houdain-lez-Bavay (B), 8km E. of Bry (A), just N. of the D649; Michelin square O6. 

7 November 1918; Thursday

Up at 5 o’clock. Finished guard at 9 and lay down until mid-day. On fatigue for a short time in the afternoon. Did a bit French. Mick Oliver back from leave. Communiqué says that two German delegations have crossed over to the 24th Division to discuss things, and many wild rumours. Lay down at about 8 o’clock and up shortly after mid-night.

2 November 1918; Saturday

Up at 8 o’clock. Waited about for the horse ambulance. The boys marched off at 9 o’clock. Moved up shortly after dinner in cars and arrived at Montrecourt1 before tea. Played Black Lady at night and turned in about 9. News through that our sailors occupied the forts of the Dardanelles & the Bosphorus and that Germany may agree to our armistice before the end of next week.

  1. Montrecourt: Montrécourt (B), 9km NE. of Rieux-en-Cambrésis (A) and 16km NE. of Cambrai, on D114; Michelin square M6. 

31 October 1918; Thursday

Had rather bad night and a temperature of 102.2. Moved upstairs in the afternoon. Heard that Turkey and Austria had turned it in.

Austria1 & Turkey turn it in.

Armistice with Turkey to begin midday.2

  1. 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”. 

  2. The Armistice of Mudros concluded on 30 October 1918 and ended hostilities between the Ottoman Empire and the Allies at noon on the 31st. 

6 October 1918; Sunday

Up about 8 o’clock. The air full of rumours. Went to nonconformist service with Billy Truman and enjoyed it. Stayed round the fire in the afternoon and stewed apples. Walked out with Billy Truman at night and had long talk. Heard that the Central Powers1 had asked for an armistice and the air full of rumours.

  1. The Central Powers consisting of Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria.