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Diary entries which illustrate the locations of the events recorded using maps. See also Maps.

21 June 1918; Friday

Up at about 7 o’clock. Paraded at 2 o’clock, full marching order, and marched to the buses a short distance away. Started off about 3 in the buses and arrived at Boussey le Petit1 at about 6 o’clock. Had tea and a walk round the village. Determined to write to Charlie.

  1. Boussey le Petit: this would be Broussy-le-Petit (B), Michelin map 515, square C10; 25km SW of Oger (A) and about 30km S of Épernay, E of D951. 

20 June 1918; Thursday

Up at 5.30. Pulled out bivouac, had breakfast, cleaned up and paraded at 8.30 and marched off at 9 o’clock. Passed through Avize and arrived at Oger1 at about 11 o’clock. Spent afternoon in billet and had pleasant walk at night. Fine night though showery morning. Received letter from Ernie and from Hilda Linfoot2.

  1. Avize (B) and Oger (C) are villages some 8km and 9km SE. from Pierry (A); Michelin 515, square O9. 

  2. Hilda Linfoot: ALL’s cousin in New Zealand. See Hilda disambiguation page

9 June 1918; Sunday

Up at about [7 written over 6, or vice versa?] o’clock. Paraded and marched off at 9.30. Marched through Dizy and Épernay. Arrived at Pierry1 about dinnertime and found ourselves billeted near a château. The château outhouse to be the hospital. Had a C E service behind the château at night. Only a handful there. Beautiful swans. Walked in the woods later with Harvey and had a long talk.

  1. Pierry (B): about 9km S of Hautvillers (A) and 3km S. of Épernay, on the D951 to Troyes; Michelin map 515, square D8. 

8 June 1918; Saturday

[1½ lines crossed out by ALL.]     On parade in the morning and cleaned up waggons a bit. Spent afternoon reading and writing. Lovely place. In the evening walked with Holman to a village and back to Dizy1 later.

  1. Dizy (B): 3km SE of Hautvillers (A) and 3km NNE of Épernay, E of D951; Michelin map 515, square D8. 

7 June 1918; Friday

Jerry commenced to shell the village in the early hours of the morning. We were awake from about 3 o’clock. A big shell dropped into the front of the dressing hut. Killed a gassed patient, badly wounded the CO (he died at C C S a few hours later)1 and wounded Smith and Surridge. We packed up and moved down to a farm near Hautvillers2. Rested after arrival at midday. Glorious evening. Billy Truman and Lieutenant Mann went down with the C O and reported that he died just before being operated upon. Anniversary of Messines3.

  1. The Commanding Officer of the 58th Field Ambulance at this date was Captain (Acting Lieutenant-Colonel) Richard Amyas Preston M.B., B.S.. Captain Preston was born on 15th April 1891. He was just over one year younger than ALL, being 27 years of age at the time of his death, had already served in the Balkan Wars of 1912-13 and had enlisted in the R.A.M.C. in August 1914, initially at the rank of Lieutenant. He had been CO of the 58th Field Ambulance since September 1917. See also Richard Amyas PRESTON M.B., B.S. at RAMC in the Great War and Lieutenant Colonel Richard Amyas Preston at Lives of the First World War. 

  2. Hautvillers (B): 5km S. from Nanteuil-la-Forêt (A), 4km N. of Épernay; Michelin map 515 square D8. 

  3. Anniversary of Messines: See 7 June 1917

3 June 1918; Monday

Up about 6.30. On duty at 8 o’clock. Fine morning. Jerry crossed machine-gunning first thing. Heard that a chap called Sharpe1 had been killed in the morning. He was buried at night near to the dressing station2 and we paraded for it. Had short walk at night.

Received 3 letters, 2 from home and one from Ranald MacDonald.

  1. Sharpe: Probably 118184 Private F E Sharpe, 58th Field Ambulance, RAMC. Now buried at Marfaux British Cemetery (B), approximately 4km N of Nanteuil-la-Forêt (A). 

  2. Sharpe was re-interred at Marfaux British Cemetery in February 1920, as part of the “concentration of graves” process initiated by the Army Graves Service. See glossary at the CWGC and Lewis on 4 June

30 May 1918; Thursday

Up pretty early and on duty at 7 o’clock. The place shelled and we moved up the bank. A battery of field guns came behind us and about noon we moved. Just as we were leaving about 6 shells fell into the camp and killed two slightly wounded men. A beautiful (though *) walk through the woods and country. Arrived at Nanteuil1 about 5 o’clock. Opened up dressing station straight away. Walk [or “worked” ?] until about 1 o’clock.

  1. Nanteuil: presumably Nanteuil-la-Forêt (B), 10km SE. from Chambrecy (A), 17km WSW. of Reims; Michelin 515 square D8. 

29 May 1918; Wednesday

Moved off in French lorries at 1.10. Travelled all night and arrived at Chambrecy1 at about 8 o’clock. Stayed there all day. Opened up dressing station in the afternoon. Got down to bed about 10 o’clock but slept badly.

  1. Chambrecy (B): 55km NW of Châlons-en-Champagne (A) and 18km SW. of Reims, on D980; Michelin map 515 square C7. 

18 May 1918; Saturday

Woke up in the train about 7 o’clock after tolerably† decent night. Splendid sunset, the best I have seen, †up the Marne valley†. Arrived at Châlons1 about midday and detrained. Passed through the town. People looked very nice. Marched 8 miles in the fearfully hot sun and arrived at [space left, presumably intending to fill name in later] about 5. A lot of the chaps drunk at night. Walked out with Billy Truman and heard some nightingales singing.

  1. Châlons: apparently Châlons-en-Champagne; map square G9 on Michelin Regional map 515 (Champagne-Ardenne). This train journey of more than a day had taken ALL from near Esquelbecq (A) to Châlons-en-Champagne (B). 

15 May 1918; Wednesday

Up about 7.30. In the ward but read part of the morning. Went to Esquelbecq1 in the afternoon on a car with some cases. Several bed <cases> also with me. Glorious day and ride. Had tea in neighbouring village. The 16th Ambulance took over from us2.

  1. Esquelbecq (B): 18km SE. of Dunkerque and 19km W of Proven (A); Michelin square G2. 

  2. The 16th Ambulance presumably took over the DRS at Proven, which ALL had just left.