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Corporal John Leishman of the RAMC (service number 73063) was a colleague whom Arthur Linfoot met while at Sheffield and with whom he remained in occasional contact. His name and address is recorded in two of the diaries, 1916 and 1918, and is crossed out in the latter, perhaps indicating that he had died?

9 January 1917; Tuesday

Up at 7.30. On duty in the hospital as usual. A section marched off up the line. A lot of fuss about the D M S1 coming and he didn’t come round. C O in a bad temper in the morning and sent most men off to duty. Wrote letter to Leishman in the Y M at night. I talked to a corporal of the Wilts2 just out, for a few minutes. At the service.

  1. D M S: Director of Medical Services. 

  2. Wilts: the 6th Wiltshire Regiment was in 58 Brigade, 19th (Western) Division. 

24 July 1916; Monday

Arrived at a place about 10 o’clock (23)1 and got down2 with Lavere under a waggon. Ordered to move on again. After delay fell in and marched to the place near the château where we were on Friday. Got down in the open with Lavere and slept well although damp. Got up and had breakfast about 10. Shaved and washed. Washed feet and hunted for lice. Received parcel from home, and letter from home and a letter from Leishman with a photograph of the barracks R-, N.C.Os. Spent day agreeably. Made good shelter for the night.

  1. Presumably means 10 pm on the 23rd. 

  2. “Got down” means “lay down to sleep” as elsewhere in the diaries. 

27 May 1916; Saturday

On parade in the morning as usual. Went to Inwoods’ for dinner and missed train through being late. Went by bus to Hallam Gate1 and walked to Wharncliffe Cross. Fine day but thundery at tea time, but we had splendid day and walked back. Played games and asked conundrums on the way back. Leishman and I went for bread and had some cakes given to us. Stayed until late. Had grand day out.

Leishman put off the draft.

  1. “Hallam Gate” is uncertain: there is a Hallam Gate Road, 1 mile W. of city centre, but this does not sound like an urban walk, and it is nowhere near the Wharncliffe Hospital. There is a Wharncliffe Wood 3m. NW from the Inwoods’ (Broughton Road, Hillsborough), perhaps a good walk back, and the “Hallam” might instead be something to do with nearby Great Hollins Wood.