Up at 7 o’clock and on duty at 7.30. Kept busy all day. A bit of tension but only a few patients in. Went to Locre1 at night with Sergeant Powell and Ike Taylor at night and saw part 3 and 4 of the Somme pictures. Had a snack at the YM hall.
Gas helmet parade.
Locre: now (Flemish) Loker (B), 3km SSW. of La Clytte/Klijte (A), Michelin square I3. ↩
Up at 6 o’clock. Blankets handed in about 7 and marched off1 at 8 o’clock. Passed through Bailleul. Arrived at La Clyte2 about noon. Detailed off for the hospital in the afternoon. A fine hospital – * a school. Sergeant Powell in charge and the usual 6 on the job. 11 kilos.
Up at 7.30. Parade at 10 o’clock. Pottered about all day. Walked into Meteren1 at night with Harvey and Holman and called at Jeanes2. Had eggs and chips and spent a pleasant evening. Lost our way going back and arrived about 9 o’clock.
Méteren (B) is 6km NNE. of Outtersteene (A), 5km W. of Bailleul; Michelin square I3. ↩
Up at 7.30. Had eggs and chips for dinner along with Harvey. Had full marching order inspection and then cleaned the waggons. Walked into Baileul1 in the afternoon. Had tea and then went to the Merry Munroes2 and enjoyed their concert. Returned about 9 o’clock.
Bailleul (B): 5km NW. of Outtersteene (A) and 16km SSW. of Ypres; Michelin square I3. ↩
Merry Munroes: Another soldiers’ revue? See “Merry Mauves” on 22 and 26 September 1916, also at Bailleul. ↩
Mooned about until 2 o’clock. Came back to the billet and roused * house. Up at 6.30. Cleaned up ready for parade. Dull morning. Marched off about 11 o’clock. Passed through Hazebrouck1 and saw the people going out of the big church. Sat by the roadside and had tea served up. Arrived at Outersteene2 about 4.30. Decent village and good billet. Went out with Holman and had eggs and chips. Supposed to finish guard but didn’t go on it. Had short walk in the direction of Meteren3. Four of our chaps went into Méteren. Turned in early. Had meat and tinned tongue for supper. 22 kilos. Heard rumour of Bapaume being captured and revolt in Russia.
Hazebrouck (B): 11km NE. of Boësighem (A); Michelin square H3. ↩
Outersteene (C): Outtersteene is 10km E. of Hazebrouck, 5km SW. of Bailleul (D), Michelin square I3. ↩
Meteren (E): Méteren is 6km NNE. of Outtersteene, 5km W. of Bailleul (D); also Michelin square I3. ↩
[This entry written on page for 15 March, “15” altered to “16”.]
Up at 6.30. Fell in at 9.15. Marched off with the band. Had good march and arrived at Lespesses1 about noon. Walked into St Hilaire at night2 with Bernard Stanton and spent a few minutes in a canteen. Returned home about 8 o’clock. Finished reading They & I by Jerome3. Billeted in an outhouse near a barn.
Lespesses (B): 10km N. of Pernes (A) and 4km W. of Lillers; Michelin square G4. ↩
St Hilaire: St-Hilaire-Cottes (C), 1km NW. of Lespesses; also Michelin square G4. ↩
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.
Pernes (B): on the D916, 10km S. of Lillers (C) and 17km N. of Séricourt (A); Michelin square G5. ↩
Up at 7 o’clock. Marched off at 9.15. Good road most of the way, but heavy marching at the end over a field. Arrived Siracourt1 about 2 o’clock. Walked round small village. Had coffee at an estaminet2. Billeted in a barn in a dirty farm.
Siracourt: Séricourt (B) is just E. of the D916 Doullens-St Pol road, 10km N. of Bouquemaison (A); Michelin square F6. ↩
Up at 6 o’clock. Packed up things and parade 7.45. I was told off as waggon orderly, so got my pack off the strappings. Had a lot of trouble on the way with the waggons sticking on the hill near Doullens and on the bad road in Bouquet Maison1, Reached our destination about midday – a farm about 4 kilos beyond Bouquet Maison. Rested in the afternoon. Had a shave, wash and brush up and tea at the farm house with Piggy Wood, Ernie Castle, Barber, Truman, and Ike.
Had a good tea. Went to bed early.
Bouquet Maison: probably Bouquemaison (B), on D916 road to St Pol, 6km N. of Doullens (A); Michelin square G6. ↩