Up at 7 o’clock as usual. Fell in 9.45 after usual fatigues and marched off about 10. Arrived Louvencourt 1about 12 o’clock after a fairly pleasant march. Band has improved very much. Decent billets. Helped Ike Taylor to fasten the sheet on his limber waggon. Warned by sergeant-major to go on the ambulance waggon tomorrow. Had short walk round town in the afternoon. Bought a few things. Went to the Church Army hut at night and listened to the Divisional band playing. 7 kilos [kilometres].
Busy with wounded until about 2 am. Got down to bed at 3 and lay in until 7. Lay down most of the day but didn’t sleep. Parade at 3.30 for inspection, full marching order. Went to pictures at night with Ross and John Dory. Enjoyed them very much. Saw a Charlie Chaplin picture and a few more. Went to bed about 9 o’clock and slept well.
Sergeant Macdonell went down to C C S1. Ike Taylor got his job.
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.
Turned in about 2 o’clock. Felt pretty sleepy. No cases in. Up at 7 o’clock. Lay in bed most of the day. Went on duty at 8 o’clock. Had rissoles for supper and sat up.
Fine and covering of snow when we got up. On parade as usual. Clearing away snow all day. Went for night duty in the dressing room. Turned on duty at 8 o’clock. Had supper – porridge – and sat up talking.
On parade in the morning. Put on with Simmons picking up papers and things. Messed about on fatigues all day. Finished at 3 o’clock. Went to the Church Army hall with Corporal Mather at night. C of E service and enjoyed it pretty well.
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 and parade at 9 at the dispensary. Returned soon. Captain Johnson examined me and said that there was nothing serious wrong with me and that perhaps I was a bit off form. Did nothing in the morning. Helped to wash out the dressing and waiting rooms in the afternoon. Walked to the village of Beausart1 at night but nothing doing.
Beausart: presumably Beaussart (B); 1½km W. of Mailly-Maillet (A). ↩
Up at 7 o’clock. Received short notice in the morning that we are to move away to headquarters at 11 o’clock. And pack up and move off about 12 o’clock. I was very much distressed on the way and fell out about half way there with Harvey. Very heavy going. Arrived shortly after the parade. Shaved and cleaned up. Had afternoon off. Returned to the camp at Maily1.
Received orders that we were to be relieved at 11 o’clock. Relieved shortly after midday and marched off to Maily. Maily1. Had tea, left a few packs and a few of us marched round to Acheux2. Slept in a marquee. Very cold.