On guard in the morning. Paraded with the guard. Tossed up and won for the officers’ guard. Wrote letter home in reply to one received. Had a bath in a biscuit tin. Also at on [sic: presumably ‘on at’] one o’clock and finished at 5 o’clock. Went to the village at night. Bought 3 handkerchiefs. Listened to a band of the Gloucesters in front of the village church. Rained later on in the evening. Heard guns again. Saw 12 observation balloons. Saw aeroplane go through the village on a waggon while band was playing.
Up shortly after 7 o’clock. Went to church parade and field service. Wrote letter to George Crawford and one to Ranald MacDonald. Counted 9 observation balloons up at night. Procession at the village church. Guns very heavy at night. Bonny calm night.
Received letter from Betty telling me that she understood1, but would like to keep on corresponding with me. I replied. Physical drill. [Some words about ‘drill’ crossed out by ALL.] Also foot and chest inspection in the morning. No parades in the afternoon. Wrote letter. Went to boxing contest at night and saw about 6 matches and some decent boxing. Went to bed early after talking a bit with Walsh. Saw 3 observation balloons up.
Up before 7. Parades as usual. Various modes of carrying in the morning, and I carried Lee fireman’s lift.
Gas test in the afternoon in a barn. Also tear shell test.
Wrote letters at night. Finished reading “Simon the Jester.”
Thunder storm in the afternoon.
Parades as usual. Physical drill and squad drill in the morning and a short route march in the afternoon followed by pay parade.
Wrote letters at night and read a lot of a story called Simon the Jester1.
Up at 7 o’clock. Reported sick. Had tooth out. Sat on cart shaft. Captain Johnson pulled it out1. Route march in the afternoon. Very hot. Stayed in at night and wrote letters. Received letter from Leishman and replied to it. Had milk and marmalade for supper. Fine day.
Had tooth out.
Without anæsthetic, naturally; in later life ALL described how the MO, Capt. Johnson, sidled up to him hiding the pincers behind his back. ↩
Up shortly before 7 o’clock. Physical drill in the morning, and route march in the afternoon. Walked quite a long way and returned pretty tired. Had a bath at night in a biscuit tin with Lee. Wrote letters and went to bed early. Broke tooth.
Up at 7 o’clock. Kit inspection in the field. Route march to a house down road. Warm day. Walked into village at night and wrote some letters.
Up at 7 o’clock. Church parade at 9 o’clock. Open air service. After service we were given a pair of socks each. First field service I have attended. Spent the afternoon in the field writing a letter to Mr Inwood and watching aeroplanes playing about. Fine day. Went to service in the field again at night. Read Epistle of St. James. Had a discussion with Lee about singing words in hymns which we don’t believe. Short walk in the village.
Can hear guns at the front very distinctly.
Had one cup of coffee.
Received 4 letters.
Up at 7 o’clock. Paraded first thing and cleaned waggons. An hour’s physical drill and pretty hard too. Nice little march in the afternoon. Walked into the village at night and got a paper. Russians still advancing. Posted letter home and one to Green.
Called at farm house and had two glasses of coffee.
and heard guns at the front very distinctly.