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Maney 14 Feb
Glad. 26 Feb. M Fuller 15
Mother & Mavis 5 & 6 March
Grace Dowling 10 Ap
Trix 30 June
Patty 24 July
Vera 19 Aug D …chuhkraft 2…
Muriel 5 Oct
Laura 9 Oct
Nancy 19 Oct
Bobbie 30 Nov
Miles 30 Nov
Reiza 28 Nov
Alf Browning Jan 1 Will Powell 7
Wattie Jan 5
Tim 31 Jan
Mr Tardif 28 Jan
Minnie 29 Feb 4 Feb Tom Warr
Maurice Tardif 22 Feb
Mrs Tardif Mar 1
Fred “ “ 27
Bertha Harris 13 April
Elaine 21st May
May Frier May 26
S Lardemelle 4 July
E Fauquet 15 July
Marj Tardif July 12
Mrs Lawson 13 June
Laura Tardif June 15
Mrs Frier Oct 8
Mr Frier Nov 7
Nell “ 17
Queenie “ 27
Kath Browning “ 28
Gordon Frier Dec 6
Con Frier Dec 10Ken Tardif Dec 20
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The chateau - or rather the grounds, as the chateau is merely a rim of ruins around a great mine crater - beautifully homelike tho overgrown. There are fruit trees & flowers - roses, poppies etc. Some strawberries:
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Letter from Miss Pearce & Enid Smith
Wrote Mother, Miss Pearce & mr Paul. Wrote Appreciation
30.6.17 On duty fr 6 am. Saw M.O. at 9 am & he sent me
to hosp - walked in rain a couple of miles, waited 2 hours, spent 1 ½ hours travelling in open light railway truck. Got to Tommy H.M.C. Sent to Pozieres & back to Bapaume, then to another … ambce & finally to No. 3 CCS near Bapaume.
Slept most of time at first. Temp 101
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Went down a … in church there. Viewed hundreds of skulls & found that they are from guillotine of Revolution.
Read Prospection, very fine book. I’m afraid I have missed many a chance of speaking for God by reason of loss of power.
Went to pictures in
Wrote Grace Dowling & Ashton
evening. Gordon sent back to unit.
Now at …, on the … Got to station & taken by ambulance driven by girls to 47th Base H. at about 11 pm. Bath & to bed. Le Treport.
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15.7.17 Got to Le Havre and aboard the Esquibo - RMSP at midday. Left at 9.30 p.m. Slept on hatch. Lifebelt.
Got on train at 10.30 a.m. Comfortable. Got to Waterloo at 1 p.m. Into private cars and taken to Lewisham …
Not a bad place. Wrote Min & Elaine.
Went out at 2 pm to Plumstead. Great Jollification. All
All very well. Enjoyed myself to the limit. Letters from Vera & Mother. … …
Saw specialist. Advised septum operation.
Parcel from Bertha & letter Mrs Warr
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Wrote Peroxide Piffle
28.7.17 Elaine & Mrs Lawson came in & we went to Ciro’s Club. Very decent music. Merry evening.
Went to Mr Warrs in aftern. Nice afternoon. Wrote Mother & Min.
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123 a’Infanterie Section
au depot de Beziers
2e S/Interdance Militaire
en Amiens Somme
111 Princes Street
Auld Reekie - Edinburgh
Maxims. Cn Gerrard St & Wardour St. 3 fr
Table d’hote Lunch 1/9
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At the back of the yellow is a patch of heliotrope grey ploughed land bordered by a small group of stooks. Further then back still lies a black patch of trees and to the right at the side of a white strip of road is a vivid patch of green in a small hollow; and further still to the right, shows the orange of a field of poppies.Then the chessboard of
a field marked for ploughing. The old thatched cottages nestling among the trees, and the moat of the fort at our feet, contrast strangely with an aeroplane of the modern type overhead.
Letting the eyes fall once again to earth, one sees the mounds of the Roman dead - killed in some sally from fortress where now we sit.
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Wrote Mrs Smith Mrs Warr, Mrs Tardif, Marjorie Boys & Miss Rosanove.
Wire from Laura
Note from Mrs Warr. Went to Ewell. Had quiet afternoon. Enjoyed. Found
Miles has been
here to see me. Wish I’d not gone out.
Miles came in afternoon - 10 days leave. Went to Clapham & had dinner. He lent me £1.
Doc examined me this morning and recommended treatment. Said the septum operation was no good.
Letters from Mrs Smith & Bertha & Mrs Harris.
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Got there at 7.45. Bertha came in and Minnie looks very well & much more cheerful. Mac & Min played Bertha & I billiards till about 4.30 am & then Mac& I carried on till 6.30 am & went to bed till about 10 a.m.
Had a merry mad evening. The girls decidedly risqué at times (one of Each) got to bed about 4.30 a.m.
Got Minnie a hand bag. Bertha went for holidays.
I came down to London by 5.50 train. Slept at A.I.F. Club. A very fine institution indeed.
Walked to Old Compton St. via Birdcage Walk, Marble Arch etc. Had a real merry dinner party. Got cabs & went to Ciro’s for ½ an hour for ices etc.
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Got up at about 10 am. Went in afternoon to 56 Barset Rd. Took the girls to New X. Empire in the evening. Stayed there the night. All pretty well.
Called on Marjorie Boys
came too. Starter for the races.
Felt like old times with the kiddies all about. Took many photos. Had a real good time, indeed. Music in evening. Wrote Elaine, Minnie & Mrs Warr.
Met Elaine at the Bank to take her to river. Couldn’t come so got tickets for “Smile”.
Elaine played in afternoon beautifully.
Bit of a disturbance when found I was going away for Sunday. Cloudy evening but “Smile” very good indeed. Took Elaine to Au Petit Riche for lunch. Mrs Lawson very jolly. Slept at club.
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morning. Reminded me of Egypt a lot. Lost nothing. Bought a pair of 12.5 stockings at a stall - & Sussy.
Went to Viewlands Rd for tea & to church. Saw Mrs Holloway. She was charmingly nice. Stayed at 32. Went to church & for walk after.
Went to Headles & Box Hill. Absolutely beautiful country & view. The roads are perfect. Some fine spins downhill back. Got home about 6.15.Mr Warr robbed the
hives in evening.
Mr Peach came to 119 in evening. Stayed at 119. Wrote Mother & sent diary home.
Caught 1 pm train to Ludgershall. Raining. Pretty miserable. Most of the old boys left or promoted. Wrote Mrs Herbert, Mrs Lawson, Mrs Tardif, Mr Warr
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25.8.17 Nothing doing. Classified & clothing issue. Put into tent.
Stayed to communion. It was beautiful after so long without.
Rained very hard. Went to Kimpton in the evening. They were very nice indeed. Stayed to supper & came home in car.
Met Curly Lockyer.
30.8.17 Letters from Mrs Warr, Nell & Mrs Smith. Got Certify. of Dental Fitness from Lt Macdougall.
Wrote Elaine. Caught 2.55 from Ludgershall to Birm. Got there at 7.30 pm. Min rather offended because I’d not come nor written the last few days of furlough.
Bertha home at 8.30. Feel right at home again. Minnie has the knack of making a man feel comfortable. Letter from Rea.
Went to Church Lane before dinner. Went again in evening. Wild and riotous evening. Went real mad.
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Cnr Minnie & Evans St
8.9.17 Got name taken for insolence to Sergt.
On guard in night from 10 - 12 & 4 - 6 am.
YMCA concert pretty good. Letters from Mrs Warr.
Letter from Connie. Wrote Maney.
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“Fear not, for I have redeemed thee. I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee.
When thou walkest through the fire, thou shall not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle on thee, for I am the Lord thy God.”
and Kimpton with Lt. Watt.
(margin) Ancels Mother Lucy.
Recommended for O.T.C.
Wrote Min Mrs Warr, Mrs Tardif. Warned on draft - Lark Hill.
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S = Distance F
21.9.17 Went across to Lark Hill camp. 12 miles march. N.T.B. Wrote Lill Lanten, M.& D. Schuhkraft, Jeannie Parry & Marj.
Went to Stonehenge in afternoon. Wrote Marj Dowling. Applied for Sig School
25.9.17. Not too bad. Good practice for angles.
Wrote Uncle Fern & Mother.
Wrote Suzy Lardemelle
Wrote May King, Mrs Warr, Ern, Emily Barnett, Marie Kuster, Mess orderly.
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14.10.17. Went out with Miss Rosanove in afternoon - church & communion in morning. Fatigue too. At YMCA meeting now - 7 pm
3 Years tonight
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since I left Australia.sincesince I left Australia. Present from Mrs Warr for Bobbie
21.10.17 Went to Warminster to church. Very nice quiet little Baptist church. Sing song after. Town crowded with Australians.
29.10.17 Concert by Lena Ashwell party.
Rumour that there’s a chance of being sent to Italy. All leave recalled.
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country. Thoroughly enjoyed myself.
6.11.17 Test papers. Wrote Mrs Smith.
When we got home we heard were on draft for Tuesday. Name on board for 4 days leave next weekend.
12.11.17 Wire from Mrs Warr. Waiting round QM’s store
The camp very merry. Our hut stood siege against some from F Sub who wanted to try conclusions with stick brooms etc.
Just now the door was flung open and in marched figures garbed in blankets capes etc and painted like Turks, Indians & Blacks. After a fearsome war dance out they marched to repeat performance elsewhere.
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Miss Rosanove & Miss Chatriau surprized - made me welcome. Nice merry evening.
Entrained at 1 p.m.
Got aboard “Archangel”, a small passenger boat, 4 pm.(about) Very crowded (over 1000 aboard) Had plenty of food & got a sleep in the
hammock … Palferaman Brown. Howard …
Taylor & myself all together
Got ashore at 7 am. Put on baggage guard. Got to Harfleur at midday. Bully & biscuits. Better camp than Etaples. Not too much work. Went thro’ Q.M.S.
Lectures and instructions about gas all day. Went thro tear & cloud gas.
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21.11.17 Nothing doing.
Good to feel at home again. Wrote Min, Queen, Laura, Mrs Warr
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Had a fine ride about 16-20 kilometres
Had 5 eggs & chippies
Just at present Sgt G. is providing the funniest exhibition
of a drunken man I’ve ever seen - He has tried a bit of dancing round the
billet spouting Omar & laughing uproariously the while & is engaged in
putting everyone to bed, though all are in bed but himself.
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Tell me dinkum fair my Eva
Of Australians what think you
Think you … … …
Or think you some may be true
Rubaiyat of Otitis Omar
Lugubrious lines of a melancholy Milton
A Sorrowful Sonnet from Salisbury
The sky o’ercast! The sun hath ceased to shine
On every side is woe, till our hearts pine
For laughter, smiles and merrymaking gay
And cups of tea a dozen times a day
Our mem’ries winging back not yet a week
Bedew our eyes; make quaver when we speak
Our hearts depress; each voice makes fade away
(till heart is full & voice fades right away)
The very flowers, so sweet in Golden square
In Wandsworth Prison wither fade & die
Lighthearted birds that carolled blithely there
Are dumb and raise to heaven ne’er a cry
Ah, what unhappy folk we are become
We long for death, now we have lost our home
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One on the right is dolefully singing into the blankets “Home in Tenessee”.
12.12.17 Went up to Heuve Eglise in limber with L/Cpl
Chalmers & MacDonald. Rough ride. Got to dest box about 1 pm. Very
comfortable & safe position. 14 Gothas came over to leave some souvenirs.
One apparently damaged by guns got away from the rest, when 3 of our little
speed beasts dived out of the clouds with a rattle of machine guns. Then
there was an unhappy Gotha wildly flying back towards his lines, with flames streaming from his sides. But the last I saw of that Fritz bird was two smoking objects rushing headlong to earth followed by two great wings lazily zigzagging down like enormous pieces of paper, and from the bowels of the earth seemed to come a cheer from here to the front line and back for miles.
Wrote Mrs Warr & Mrs Frier
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14.12.17 Nothing special. Went out on CD2 bury.
Sent out to L.K. Pretty cold sleep in hut.
23.12.17 Went out to Locre in evening & spent evening with Miles.
Orders to shift.
24.12.17 Called in to K.N. Got there & was told to go back to P.Q.
Went to pictures. Walked (with
kit) to LK for night.
25.12.17 Went to P.Q.
Had dinner at B.H.Q. Very fine Xmas dinner. Soup, Roast Beef & Green Peas. Roast Turkey, cauliflower, Roast potatoes, sauce. Plum Pudding & sauce. Jellies & blanc mange. Cheese straws & nuts & dates. Champagne.
Very nice & well done.
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… … Christmas … 20 day commenced Scotch Mist Rain sleet sunshine … Now 20 inches of snow has fallen & the … … … making it … … … laughing … each breath with … … of snow.
Spent evening with Miles.
29.12.17 Miles came across to spend evening.
. Long yarn
30.12.17 Wrote Mother & May King. Letters from Min & … Nothing doing
Spent evening with Miles.
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Found that it had stopped rising so turned over & slept till day-light.Spent the day sapping an exit for the flood. Mac came
came across in evening. Had supper from canteen.
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31.1.18 Bob Parker, Dave Donaldson & Jack Brown gone out to Div. New Div chaps in. Went up to WY. Wrote Birmingham.
Got to Petit les Bois at about 6 pm. Had some eggs at Estaminet Chasseurs Naturalis nice people.
Very quiet village
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at 8 pm.
15.2.18 Nothing special. Very nice people & good conversation practice in evening.
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(French verse “After the war”?)
22.2.18 Won chess. Nothing doing
Played w 1st football in the afternoon. Late to bed.
Included in YMCA prayer
“Guard us in the place we are going to & if Fritz come over with any of his funny business, may the luck be on our side.”
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Pulled out of Sec Bois at 10 am. Pretty cold & raining. Got to La Cligtte Poon after midday. Good stables & huts very different from last … & the Somme.
Sleep next to Dick Keogh - very nice youngster