Up at 7 o’clock. Names of men to go up the line called out on parade and mine included. Parade 11 o’clock for pay and parade for departure about 12.45. Arrived Kemmel1 at tea time. Had tea and then moved on to our old dugouts at Vierstraat2. Turned in in good time. Very hot day.
Kemmel (B): 12km E of Boeschepe (A) 9km E. of Berthen, 4km S. of Dikkebus; Michelin square I3. ↩
Vierstraat (now Wijtschate; Flemish) (C): 4km NNE. of Kemmel, 2km SE. of Dikkebus, 5km SW. of Ypres; Michelin square J3. “Old dugouts” would seem to imply that ALL had been here before (possibly in April 1917), although this is the first time that Vierstraat is mentioned by name. ↩
Up shortly after 7 o’clock. Parades as usual. Got inspected at 2 o’clock. Digging trench round a tent all morning. Went to Reninghelst at night and saw Ernie. We walked into the village and went to the Snipers1. They were very poor. Left shortly before 8 o’clock and returned about 9. Met a sergeant on the way who spoke of a very big attack fiasco on the coast.
Up at 7 o’clock as usual. Picking hops all day. Warm day. Wrote letter home. Went to see Ernie at night with Holman. Went to find the battalion of his brother. Heavy rain but we escaped it. Ernie supposed to be in bed as he ran a temperature in the morning.
Up about 7 o’clock. I had washing all day. Did sergeants’ mess kitchen in the afternoon. Went to see Ernie at night and found him much better. Walked up and down a little military cemetery outside the hospital and talked. Left about 8 o’clock as usual.
Bombing raids nearly every night about this time. A fair amount of damage this time.
Up at 7 o’clock. Finished at noon and set out to Ernie at the battery1 and arrived about 3.45. Found that Ernie had gone down sick. Swan and the red-haired lad set me down to Dikbush A D S2. I was informed that Ernie had gone to Reninghelst3. Walked down to Reninghelst and arrived there about 7 o’clock. Stayed about half an hour with Ernie and then returned to headquarters.
Bombs dropped all round in the night.
Ernie was stationed at Dikkebus near Ypres in Belgium; see note on 5 July↩
Dikbush A D S: Dikkebus (B) Advanced Dressing Station;. ↩
Reninghelst, now Reninghelst (Flemish), about 6km E of Boeschepe (A). ↩