Up at 7 o’clock. Kept pretty busy in the hospital all day. Sergeant Powell in rather a bad temper during the morning. Up at Y M at night and tried to write a letter.
Up at 7 o’clock. Marched off at 9.15. Had good march mostly on the main road. Our section leading. Had rain part of the way. Arrived at Pernes1 about 2 o’clock. Went into the village at night and wrote two letters at the Y M hall. Quite a big place with a market place. Billeted in a loft above a house.
Sat up until 4 o’clock. Turned in until 7. Wrote letter home as I sat up. No cases in. Spent morning in bed. Pretty tired. Went on duty at 8 o’clock. Sergeant Macdonell drunk. He was very funny and the C O found him out. Put him under open arrest. Macdonell tried to poison himself outside with some hypo superchlorate†. We brought him in on a stretcher. Captain McClachlan injected morphia to quieten him. Had to watch him all night.
Had rissoles in the morning – supper delayed through the carry-on with Sergeant Macdonell.
On parade at 9 o’clock Orderly man for first time since I have been in France. Messed on with the fire a lot. Wrote letter home.
Up at 7 o’clock. Shaved and dressed and went to tent. Had paste egg1 for breakfast. Posted letter to Charlie. Expecting 400 to [figure omitted?] wounded soldiers.
Up at usual time. Papers mention the capture of Serre & village beyond1.
Rumoured capture of Kut-el-Amam2.
Walked to Lealvillers but found no concert there. Bought some things and walked to the little cocoa house and had some biscuits and cocoa. Went to bed fairly early and slept well. Wrote long letter home. Had tent crowded out at night.
Up at usual time. Med<ical?> tent squared out. Fine day. Lots of rumours about the future. Wrote letter to Charlie.
Up at 7 o’clock. Fed tent and cleaned up. Had some trouble with a CCS man, who had violent pains in his abdomen. Managed pretty well and finished about 6.30. Got a bit of a letter written to Franchie. Started in a new tent.
Newspapers mention slight advance on the Somme and capture of 350 prisoners.
Up at 7 as usual. On water duty in the morning, and cut down a sapling in the afternoon. Commenced to write a letter to Franchie.
Up at the usual time. On water duty in the morning and off in the afternoon. Wrote to Robbie and Betty.