Up most of the night. Moved off from Kemmel about 7 o’clock in a car. Did nothing at Vierstraat and got down to it and slept good part of the day. Up for tea and orders to move at night again. Received letter and papers from home. News in the papers more encouraging. Packed up and marched off from Vierstraat at about 10 o’clock at night and arrived at Reningelst road1 about midnight. Went into Nissen hut in a camp there.
“Reningelst road”: assumed to be near Reninghelst (C). The map shows the entire journey, starting from Kemmel (A) and going via Vierstraat (B). ↩
Ordered to pack up at 3 am and move back to Vierstraat and slept on the floor in the dugout. Did nothing all day. Put on duty at night. Moved off very hurriedly by 9 pm to little Kemmel and opened up again. Not much to do at night.
Germans attacking in the morning on our right and got through a bit. We worked all day. A lot of wind up and muddle. Turned in at advanced dressing station about noon. Rumours plentiful. Harvey, Holman and I moved down to house at Kemmel and opened up. Orders to pack up again ??
Up about 6 o’clock. Marched from Kemmel at 9.45. Arrived outside Bailleul at about 1 o’clock. Cleaned up and wrote some letters. Went into Bailleul with Harvey and Holman and had a good tea, then went into the concert hall and enjoyed the concert. The 63rd Divisional party. Returned to camp shortly before 9 o’clock.
Up about 7 o’clock. Had breakfast, packed up kit and went up the line in the car to spoil bank and then walked on to right† post. Had quiet journey up and quiet morning. Not much doing all day and no cases.
Up at 7 o’clock. Went up on the car to spoil bank on working party and stayed until about 3 o’clock. Rode down on two lorries. Ernie waiting for me. Harry Bascombe looked after him and got him tea. Ernie stayed to the beginning of the Y M service. He was wearing the Military Medal. I set him up the way back to the brasserie, and we talked all about my leave and all the rest of it.
Saw Ernie first thing after leave and he was wearing the Military Medal.
Up about 7 o’clock. On fatigue all day [“morning” written above, but “day” not erased]. Got pass to go and see Ernie in the afternoon. Walked to Dikbush and when I found the place he wasn’t there. Got tea with them and left about 5 o’clock, after speaking on the telephone to Ernie. Walked back by La Clytte and called in to Y M C A. Got back about 8 and wrote to Charlie but didn’t get letter finished. Warned for working party in the morning.