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Diary entries which mention letters written or received by Arthur Linfoot during his time in the RAMC.

14 March 1917; Wednesday

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.

17 kilos.


  1. Pernes (B): on the D916, 10km S. of Lillers (C) and 17km N. of Séricourt (A); Michelin square G5. 

7 March 1917; Wednesday

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.

28 February 1917; Wednesday

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.

The papers tells [sic] us of the capture of Serre, Pys, Miraumont2 etcetera. 2 mile advance on 12 mile front – also capture of Kut- el-Amam3.


  1. “Paste egg”: North-Eastern English vernacular for hard boiled egg. Paste eggs were usually decorated and were associated with Easter although this particular paste egg would have been neither. 

  2. Miraumont (A) and Pys (B) are 5km and 7km respectively E. of Serre (C; Michelin square I7); Pys is 3km NW of the D929 from Albert to Bapaume, and only 7km from the latter. 

  3. Possibly a reference to the second battle of Kut

27 February 1917; Tuesday

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.


  1. See 25 February

  2. Possibly a reference to the second battle of Kut