Glorious time with L

October to December 1917

Returned from leave Oct 24th after most glorious time with L(aura). Took a long time to settle down.

Kept at Div H.Q. for a change. All Brigade men relieved.

At Monument (?) till about middle of December. Several visits to Tonies at Bapaume.

One or two bombing raids and one spell of shelling. One trip to Amiens, otherwise uneventful.

Quiet life on poor rations. Moved to better camp at Behagnes (Behagnies, map). Good billet but poor grub again.

Frequent visits to pictures and another trip to Amiens. Bust up at Christmas and splendid dinner on Boxing night in B mess at Campbell’s invitation.

One big bombing raid. Gotha down in rear of village.

Finis 1917 – and still another year – Roll on –

The Gotha G.V was a heavy bomber used by the Luftstreitkräfte (Imperial German Air Service) during World War I.

Transport ran over my byke

Friday Oct 5 1917

Set off at ten am on cycle for Wizernes. Passed through Blendecques, advanced G.H.Q. and had a wet S.O.B. dinner (?) and drum up (?) on platform.

Entrained in cattle trucks at 1.45 p.m. Arrived Bapaume at midnight. Same old desolate spot again.

Transport ran over my byke so had a rough ride to camp at Barastre (map).

Shoved in a very draughty Nissen hut and perished.

Bicycle patrol 1917