Up at about 6.20. Worked in the afternoon until nearly 4, then got on the car with Harvey etcetera and went to Fienvillers1 to headquarters for the dinner. Met all the old boys and helped to get ready for the fray. Commenced dinner about 7.30. Had splendid feed including roast pork. After dinner a whist drive, Sergeant Powell top and short singsong. Major McMee present after dinner for a while and replied to a toast. Sergeant-major, Sergeant Powell, Sergeant Chapman and Burden and the nursing orderlies. 25 present. Sang Auld Lang Syne at midnight.
Nursing Orderlies dinner.
Fienvillers (B): 10km along the D925 from Doullens (A) toward Abbeville; Michelin square F7. ↩
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.
Longpré: presumably Longpré-les-Corps-Saints, as on previous journeys. ↩
The map shows this stage of ALL’s journey from Boulogne (A) to Longuevillette (E; Michelin square F7): 5km SW. of Doullens (D), via Amiens (B) and Longpré-les-Corps-Saints (C). ↩
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 about 6 o’clock. Had breakfast at the canteen and paraded early. Crossed by 11 o’clock 1 and arrived in London shortly after 3. Had tea at the Y M hut and left by the 5.302. Came up most of the way with an engineer chap. Arrived at midnight and found Joe and Father waiting for me.
11 o’clock: Presumably the 11am sailing from Boulogne (A) to Folkestone? ↩
5.30: presumably the 17:30 train from London (B) to Sunderland (C). ↩
Up at 5 o’clock. Old John got breakfast for me and we got a car. Left Cambrai shortly before 8 o’clock. Arrived at Boulogne1 at about 9 o’clock at night and went to a rest camp. Had dinner and slept 14 in a tent.
Left unit on leave.
The map shows this stage of ALL’s journey to home leave, from Cagnoncles (A), via Cambrai (B) to Boulogne (C). ↩
Up at about 7.30. Ordered to pack up and march off about 11 o’clock. Marched after dinner until nearly 5 o’clock, when we arrived at Sepmeries1. Received letter from Ernie. Pretty heavy march and we were tired when we arrived. Got down to bed early and slept well.
Sepmeries (B): 15km WSW. of Bettrechies (A) and 9km SSE. of Valenciennes; Michelin square N6. ↩
Up about 7 o’clock and moved off at about 9.30. Arrived at Bettrechies1 about noon. A D S people and most of the bearers arrived shortly afterwards. Heard that peace was imminent and that the German navy was in a state of mutiny. Had long walk round about village at night with Harvey and sleep† with Billy Truman. Received letter from home at night.
Bettrechies (B): halfway between Houdain-lez-Bavay (A) and Bry; i.e. now moving W. after the long march E. ↩