Tuesday August 24 1915
Can’t realize yet what I’m at, so appreciable is the change. And to hear these chaps moan at their misfortune.
Exercise with horses in the morning for two hours. Enjoy my first canter although I feel sore.
Walking in village with Tony and get sent sprawling by a horse. No damage.
Monday August 23 1915
Heard at noon that I am to return to the Div. at once. Overjoyed at the prospect. The sun shines once again.
Had a difficult journey back. Over my knees in water down the C.T. (Communications Trench?) Sniped at from Hill 60 three times. Get extra nervous. Trench shelled at Zillebeke but I got safely back through the smoke and dust.
Had a rest and tea at Brigade HQ and then trek to R.H. A long weary journey but got sundry lifts. Fixed up in tents and sleep at last in peace.
Sunday August 22 1915
Good news for the last week. Transport sunk in the Aegean. S.S. Arabic torpedoed. Irish Mail smash. Germans capture Kovno. 3 Zeppelins and many killed thereby in England.
What a start for the second year of the war.
Still eking out an existence in the muck. Responsible for our own lines too.
Saturday August 21 1915
Helps visits our hole but lays low and says nuffin. Plenty of German planes. This is the apex of salient. Lucky old Ninth. Plenty of rain to add to our misery.
Friday August 20 1915
Our miserable abode 300 yards from front line. Bullets galore but no shelling today.
Thursday August 19 1915
Cheerful morning. Preparation to shift to Hooge – Hill 60 position. No more word of Divn and no Staff job. Spirits below zero. Detailed for Brigade HQ at Kruistraat. Arrive more dead than alive and have to go out after all to R.S.F. Battalion. Hell of a way to Sanctuary Wood. Shelled and shot at all the way. Arrived to find a filthy little dugout, more like a rat hole.
Wednesday August 18 1915
Last night’s affair ends in Gordon v. Burke at 5 a.m. Blinder gets 10 days. More exciting times than in the line?
Am again promised return to Div. by Helps. Highly delighted. Practice map reading for Staff Job …