Week ending Saturday January 27 1917
Picket line. Severe frost started.
Fearful out on exposed line before breakfast. Never experienced such cold. Temp several times 10(F) degrees. Boots frozen every morning. Bread and all grub frozen hard.
Rifle and squad drill each afternoon for an hour.
A week of disasters. Thrown off Cootie on Monday during cross-country canter. Off again early Tuesday morning on to the frozen road. Hurt my back. Kicked same day, luckily had two French books in pocket which took the blow. Fell same night on my nose and displaced it.
My confidence with horses severely shaken.
Week ending Saturday January 20 1917
Working in office, easy time. French lesson each evening.
Weather turned cold and a fall of snow. Very desolate countryside.
Discovered wild boar tracks and organized a hunt. Peter caught a young boar. We finished him off with a truncheon. Very nice supper.
Saturday January 13 1917
Evidently reported by Rennie (for row on Jan 12). Sent back to Company and censured by Barclay.
Returned by lorry to Canaples (map) where Div was resting. Rotten billet.
Friday January 12 1917
Saw Rolly. Not feeling very grand.
Had row with Rennie.
Thursday January 11 1917
7th Div. finished off Munich trench, about another 100 prisoners.
Wilson came round in evening. Discovered Penny of BBT in 32 Div.
Still no letter from L(aura). Feeling very worried.
Wednesday January 10 1917
Terrific bombardment during night. Local attack on right by 7th – completely successful. About 100 prisoners.
Went over to see Sagon and Wilson, interesting chat.