Up about 7 o’clock. On duty 7.30. Cleared all patients for the hospital and packed up. Called down to the C R S 1 shortly after dinner. Billeted in tents. Heard Holman and Truman taken up the town and put on a big double marquee with 27 patients. Got to bed after a search for my blankets. Rain came in through the tents and awoke rather wet. Received letter from Father telling me of accident to Marmie and Dorothy through the oven bursting.
Up shortly before 7 o’clock. On duty as usual. Not so busy. Billy Truman a bit better. Wet day. Off at night and went to Bailleul. At the concert and it was very good. With Holman. Called at the house of the Belgians and bought a piece of lace to be sent to Marmie.
Up at 7 o’clock. Received orders to stand by again. Received parcel from home, letter from Charlie, letter from Marmie and the British Weekly. Wrote home. Walked round village at night. Some rain. Watched the rats playing about the barn roof.
Got up at 9 o’clock. Played the piano and then went into the town before breakfast. In the afternoon played duets with Marmie and then walked out with Gertie. Called at Lily’s, Grandmother’s and Whittaker’s. Had tea at home, and then got 7.30 train. Father, Mother, Marmie, Gertie and Dorothy saw me off. Met Metcalfe at Newcastle. Fell in with two decent chaps too.
Left home for Alnwick.
In town in the morning and bought a few things. Got 2.45 train home. Arrived 5.30 and got home as they were commencing their teas. Went down to Whittakers at night and then to Marmie’s.
Commenced second leave home.
On parade in the morning. Cleaned out rooms. I was orderly man, and missed a route march which the other fellows did.
Received postcard from Joe saying Marmie was going through Sheffield1 and I might see her. Spent the afternoon in the station but didn’t see her. Mr Young† finished off my job. Had tea in the Soldiers’ Home. Played the piano a good bit.
It would be interesting to know why Marmie was travelling so far, but there is no clue. ↩
Got up about 7 o’clock. Got dressed and had a run over Charlie’s latest songs. Father, Charlie, Marmie and Uncle Jack saw me off. Left by 9.35, changed at Durham and Rotherham. Between Durham and Rotherham there were two men with a deserter in the compartment. Some trouble at York with a dog in the carriage. Arrived shortly before 2 o’clock. Went into the town and had dinner, then went on car to find the barracks. Forgot parcel at the café. Got to the Territorial place first. Arrived shortly1 before tea. Other two recruits with me. A Scotsman and a Sunderland lad called Williams. Had a shave and * tea in the barracks, and went into town at night with Williams. Got bedding and room.
Unless “shortly” should be “Sheffield”, which it really doesn’t look like, ALL seems to have forgotten to mention that it was Sheffield (the Hillsborough Barracks) that he had gone to.
Hillsborough Barracks was converted for commercial use in the late 1980s, but many external features were retained. The main focus of the development is a Morrisson’s supermarket. See also Sheffield map. ↩
At church at night and at Sunday School as usual. Fell down in Chester Road and tore my trousers and hurt my knee a bit. Joe took children’s service and Marmie played for him. Willie Whittaker and Olive, Ada and Daisy to tea. Blaikie couldn’t come. Had usual walks, and a good walk round by Grindon at night.
At church as usual. Marmie playing organ. Mr Hammond preaching in the morning, and Mr Roope at night. Mr Roope preached a very good sermon, and Marmie managed all right. Had usual walks.