Up at 5 am and fell in at 7. Entrained about 10 o’clock and arrived at Amiens about 6. Entrained in supplies train to Longpré1 and changed again to Doullens. Nurse with child beyond Longpré and Doullens. Left Doullens about 10.30 to walk to Longuevillette2 and got lift on a car. Arrived about 11 o’clock and got down in a hostel.
Arrived at King’s X at about 6.30. Crossed by tube to Victoria and left there about 7.30. Arrived Folkestone at about 10 and left at 2 o’clock. Slept part of the way across and * †landing nest the rest†. Stayed below. Arrived at Boulogne1 at about 5 o’clock. Marched up bank to camp and got bills and francs. Got down about 10 o’clock.
The map shows ALL’s journey from Newcastle (A) to Boulogne (D), via London (B) and Folkestone (C). ↩
Up at about 8 o’clock. Walked round town in the morning. Saw Grandmother. Father off in the afternoon and we went to the Havelock picture house1. Saw a pretty decent picture. Hilda2 down to tea. Went up to the station about 9 o’clock and went off 9.25. Got 10.40 at Newcastle.
Up about 8 o’clock. Went to Eaves’1 but he wasn’t in. Walked round town. Went to Roker in the afternoon. Uncle George in at night. Sister Mary to tea and Aunt Mary. Uncle George now on jury day-time until pretty late.
Mr Eaves was a minister at the South Durham Street United Methodist Free Church, where ALL and his family were members. ↩
Up at about 10 o’clock. Walked round town. Went to pictures at night with Father. Heard clever pianist and violinist but saw a rotten picture. Went into Whittakers’ last thing and saw Billy1.
Up at about 8 o’clock. Walked round town. Went to Mill1 in the afternoon and saw Mr Sandilands2 and he practically told me that they didn’t want me back3. Had a little party, Jack Holt, Charlie, Dora, Olive, Ada, Betty and Hilda4 to supper. Stayed until about 3 o’clock.
ALL’s former employer evidently felt no moral obligation to re-employ returning servicemen. ↩
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 7.30. Walked round town with Father after washing up. Bought a few things. Walked round again in the afternoon with Joe and called to see Joe’s father’s shop. Walked round town. Stayed in at night.
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.