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.
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.
Up about 7.30. Got 9.36 train to Sheffield. Arrived about 3 o’clock. Found the house and Mr Inwood in bed. Went to the Mission Tent† at the chapel at night with Franchie and had a short walk with her last thing. Slept on the sofa in the front room.
[Written above date: “Franchie’s birthday 11th inst.”]
Up about 9 o’clock. Parade at 10 o’clock. Got back to Pernes and went in with Billy Truman. Had some tea at the Y M and then eggs and chips at a restaurant. Returned about 8 o’clock.
Very heavy fighting down south. Heard that the Germans were falling back from La Bassée.
Up about 6.30. Not much to do all day. Finished shortly after 6 o’clock. Had short walk by myself at night. Did some French and finished letter to Franchie Inwood.
British still progressing. Noyon, Nesle, Bapaume etcetera in our hands.
Up at 5.30 and got cleaned up. Wet morning. Moved to Le Vertannay1 farm and went on night duty again. Lay down during the afternoon and came on duty at 9 o’clock. Only slept short time and was very sleepy later in the morning. Received letter from Charlie and one from Franchie – quite a bright letter.
Le Vertannay (spelling not really certain): only a farm, so not identified on Michelin map. ↩
Up about 7 o’clock and on duty. Received other two patients in the afternoon, making a total of 7. Had bath in the stream in the afternoon. Got boilers and baths underway. Heard that the German minister1 in Moscow had been assassinated2. Harvey and Holman went to number 8 C C S for duty. Wrote letter to Mother and one to Franchie Inwood at night. Thunder storm after tea. Sanders came to help us.
Up at 5.30. Paraded at 7.15 and marched off at 7.30. Splendid day. Very fine morning but rather warm. Marched about 15 kilos1 and arrived at Semoine2 at about midday. Received letters from home and Franchie. Had wash in stream near to the billet. Walked into village last thing and wrote two letters.
Up about 6.30. Paraded at 8 o’clock and on fatigue most of the morning. Commenced letter to Franchie. On fatigue in the afternoon. Had walk at night with Holman and Billy Truman. Glorious night. War news better. Letter from Ernie.
Up about 7 o’clock. On parade at 9 o’clock and didn’t do much work. Walked out at night with Harvey and had a long talk. Glorious woods. Did a little French. Received a letter from Franchie.
Heard better news from the French battle front and that the Germans were having to fight for all that they got.