Fine morning, much clearer than it has been for some days. Aircraft very active, fine fight, German brought down in flames on our side only 4 shots fired at it, another forced down in their lines. We get relieved at night by 4th Suff [Suffolks]. HdQtrs leave about 8.0 pm, just get clear when Fritz starts his games, no casualties, march to Camp 18 where we arrive very tired about 1.30 am. Turn in about 2.0 am. Very cold & sharp frost.
Fine morning very cold still & frosty. Hostile aircraft active but do no damage, some shelling on both sides, fairly quiet. Rations up early & I turn in about 11.0 pm. Capt MONTGOMERY visits HQ in morning.
Fine morning still frosty, washing feet & dusting with powder ready for tonight. We move HdQrtrs at 4.0 pm to P.C.TERRON & relieve H.B. relief complete about 8.30 pm, but we have no water & communication is bad. Send to D in Dump for water, get back about 2.0 am. Turn in about 2.30 am. Nice dug out & not cold. Fritz put one very near but no damage. 3 Sea [Seaforth Highlanders] killed on relief.
Fine morning again very cold, work on trenches continue, hostile aircraft again active, but ours come later & drive them back. We should move tonight but it’s cancelled until tomorrow. Very good, no rations early to bed.
Fine morning, very cold, work on trenches started. BM 11th Bgde killed, shell fire. Hostile aeroplane flew over in afternoon very low, none of ours up. Rations better tonight, finish about 11.30 pm, 2 days rations.
Fine morning but very cold, we have a look round & general clear up, some shelling but no damage, rather hard up for water. Rations from Bgde dump also tools. Turn in about 2.0 am very tired & done up.
Fine morning but dull, lot of snow during the night & more snow later. French & British tummies have a snow fight. We move to the trenches at 3.30 pm. Very long march & one we shall not forget. French guide meets us at CURLU. We get to beginning of BOYEAU VARY about 7.20 pm & arrive at H Qrs P.C. MADAME about 11.30 pm. Very cold & quite done up, some shelling but no damage. I feel rather ill but manage alright , turn in about 4.0 pm(?) good dug out but very cold.
Fine morning but dull, we have a busy morning preparing to move, which we do at 2.0 pm to No 18 Camp NE of SUZANNE, which we reach about 5.0 pm. Very cold & miserable, I have a decent bed but cold & not much sleep.
Fine morning, sharp frost, can’t get any water until late. C.O. & Coy Officers visit Trenches.
Bad morning, snow & rain, H Com. Service at 9.30 am, Church Service 10.0 am. Corps Commdr visits camp at about 11.30 am after presenting medals. 2.30 pm I.Fus play Somersets semi-final Lambton Cup good game. Faughs [Irish] win 2-1. Cpl CRUNDWELL comes to have a chat with me for a hour. Fine night.