Up shortly after 6 o’clock and on parade. Not much to do. My night off. Went to Y M service with Harvey. More like a debating society than a service. Wet night. Bought some apples. Had letter enclosing photograph from Franchie Inwood.
At chapel in morning and evening. Service in lecture hall. Uncle George and Aunt Mary in to dinner and tea. Sat and talked round fire in the afternoon.
Up at about 9 o’clock and late for chapel. Spoke to a few people. Stayed in in the afternoon. Went to chapel at night. Harry Wilkinson and James both there.
Up at about 7 o’clock. Had bath at Cauroir1 in the morning. Wrote letters in the afternoon and went to Cauroir to the service at night. Got a bit of a cold and a sore throat.
Received a letter from Father and letter from Mother dated 11th inst. telling me of the doings in Sunderland.
Up at about 5.30. Wet morning. Heavy barrage. Marched off at 8 o’clock. Rained heavily and <wet> bed sheets. Went across country part of the way. Arrived at Jenlain1 about mid-day. Put on guard at night and did 9 – 1 and 5 – 9. Went round to church in the afternoon, with Wood, Jones and Tresand and party of 57th men. Rained all the while. Heard that the Americans and French are doing well.
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.
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.
Up about 9. At the Madeleine church in the morning to a service and walked through the Tuileries Gardens1. Had lunch at the Y M near the barracks. Went up to the Invalides2 in the afternoon and had a hurried look at Napoleon’s tomb and then back, tea and to the train. Moved off at about 4.40. Had an A S C man in the carriage who †had been south†. He spoke French and was rather enlightening†. Arrived at Rouen3 about mid-night.
The Tuileries Garden is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. It was created by Catherine de’ Medici as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564 and is famously the subject of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, No. 3, “Tuileries (Children’s Quarrel after Games)”. ↩
Les Invalides is a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans. ↩
Rouen (B), about 120km NW. of Paris (A). ↩
Up at 7 o’clock. On parade at 9 and dismissed. Spent all day to
dinner tea time working on our dugout. Made very good job if it. Went to C of E service with John Dory at night and enjoyed it very much. Read a bit at night and went to bed in good time.