Up at 8 o’clock. Waited about for the horse ambulance. The boys marched off at 9 o’clock. Moved up shortly after dinner in cars and arrived at Montrecourt1 before tea. Played Black Lady at night and turned in about 9. News through that our sailors occupied the forts of the Dardanelles & the Bosphorus and that Germany may agree to our armistice before the end of next week.
Had pretty good night and washed about 6 in the morning. Shaved by Billy Brooks. Received letter and parcel from home. Ambulance packing up to move up the line and we were moved over the way. Wrote letter home. Heard our terms to the Germans for an armistice. Harvey returned from leave.
Had rather bad night and a temperature of 102.2. Moved upstairs in the afternoon. Heard that Turkey and Austria had turned it in.
Austria1 & Turkey turn it in.
Armistice with Turkey to begin midday.2
The Armistice of Villa Giusti, signed on 3 November, officially ended warfare between Italy and Austria-Hungary on the Italian Front. On 31 October, Hungary ended the personal union with Austria, officially dissolving the Monarchy and making the Armistice inevitable. It was, perhaps, the imminent collapse of Austria-Hungary which led ALL to note that Austria had “turned it in”. ↩
Up about 7 o’clock and felt rather bad. Had a bad night. Worked in the hospital until about dinner time and then lay down. Temperature at night of 101 and went into the ward.
Up at about 7.30. Nothing doing in the morning. Heard definitely that the Italians and French have attacked. Returned to headquarters at night to commence work in the ward with Edgar. Walked from Cauroir to Rieux. Vic Barber and Biggs to our place.
Up at about 8 o’clock and had breakfast late. Walked out to find unit and ultimately found them in Rieux. Had dinner there and got some rations and walked back. Received letter from Charlie dated 10th inst. and glad to know he is all right. Went to the Follies at night with Brigade headquarters. They were not up to usual form.
Up at about 7. Packed up and set out for Avesnes les Aubert and arrived shortly after 9. Commenced duty in the baths. Messed about the baths all day. Walked to Rieux at night and played cards with the boys and walked up with Edgar Sims. Slept on the floor and was pretty cold. Received letter from home telling me that Mother is unwell again.
Up about 7 o’clock. Rather restless night and awoke with the barrage at 2 o’clock. Lumps of ceiling falling down during the night with the wet. Lay about all day. Changed billet. Received a letter from Harvey saying that he had got an extension of leave. A big shell dropped in the village and we all went down to the cellar. Sat there and slept all night. Had good night. Warned for A D S in the morning.
Up at about 7 o’clock. Changed over rooms and cleaned up. Received orders that we should prepare to be going into action tonight. Division going over the top. Party of bearers and A D S party moved off well after 2 o’clock to Avesnes les Aubers1 and arrived shortly after tea time. Got up into hutch building for billet and played cards with Wood, Dory, Billy and Edgar until late, and then got down to it. Wet, dismal night.
Avesnes les Aubers : Avesnes-les-Aubert (B), 2km E. of Rieux-en-Cambrésis (A). ↩
Up about 6 o’clock. Breakfast 6.30. Packed up and moved at 9 o’clock. Arrived at Rieux1 about 1 o’clock. Opened up hospital after dinner and slept in cellar under hospital. Heard that Ostend & Bruges had been taken and that Lille is encircled.