Up at about 6 o’clock and on duty. Short letters to Ernie and Charlie in the afternoon and had short walk with Harvey. Wrote to Ernie enclosing Charlie’s letter telling of his illness1.
Up at 6 o’clock. On duty as usual. My turn on in the afternoon.
Received letter from Charlie telling me that he has had Malaria M. T.1 and is recovering. His letter is very wild and he has evidently been very ill and is still in a weak and nervous condition. Wrote to Ernie and home at once.
Up shortly after 6 and on parade 6.30. On duty about 7. Off at 5 o’clock. Broke a clinical thermometer. Wrote letter to Charlie. Wet day. Got down about 9.30 after a short walk with Wood.
Up about 7.30. Washed and cleaned up. The bearers and an A D S party went up in the early afternoon. AB Wood, Cox, Tresand† and I left behind. Moved our billet digs in the village in the middle of the day. Wrote letters to Charlie and Ernie at night and did a little French. Had good sleep.
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 about 7.30. The C O called about dinner-time and told me to go back to headquarters. Showery day. Heard of big victory in Palestine1 and received a letter from Charlie enclosing two photographs. Had walk with Harvey.
Put on guard and did nothing all day but write to Ranald MacDonald and have a bath. Commenced letter to Charlie at night.
Our division made a stand† and captured a strong post, but lost it again in the afternoon.
Up at about 7 o’clock and on parade. Received postcard from Ernie to say that he is in hospital with diarrhoea. Also a long letter from Charlie in reply to my long letters. Had walk at night with Harvey and long talk.
Didn’t feel too clever in the room and stayed outside a good bit. A fair amount of gunfire during the night. Wrote letter home and one to Charlie. Did a scrap of French but felt very tired. Relieved at about 8 o’clock. Got down to it at 9 and slept until mid-day. Got up after 7 o’clock and on duty at 9 again.