Slight rain during night. Fine day quite like summer. Coys do training. Expect visit from Corps Commander Gen. GOUGH, but he didn’t turn up. Col. FORSTER returns from Bgde [Brigade]. Airmen give us another good turn. Beautiful day & very quiet. Huns fetch down a Sausage [barrage balloon] about 5.0 pm. Div band play in afternoon.
Slight rain in the morning, fine later. Very heavy shelling between 5 and 6 am. We learn after that it preceeded an attack at SAILLY & LE TRANSLOY. Former a success & latter not a success. Heavy gunning all day, quiet night.
Fine morning but dull. Coys training. Very heavy gunning all day. More trick flying. I go to concert of the 9th FC [Field Company] RE at night. Very good concert plenty of beer & cigarettes. Turn in about 11.0 pm. Good night.
Rain early morning, fine later. Aircraft very busy again. Coys do training, we find 100 men for 238 Coy R.E. [Royal Engineers]. Get green patches sewn on our coats, new order. Fine flying by our airmen.
Misty morning. Church Pde 10.0 am. Mist clears about midday. Fine afternoon & aeroplanes have a fine time. New Triplane out on view for first time, fine machine, good tricks. Col FORSTER goes to Brigade.
Sharp frost & nice morning early, but dull & miserable later on. Bttn goes to baths at CHIPPILY, very poor baths & men do not get a clean change. Quiet day but heavy shelling at night.
Damp miserable morning, no parades only for inspection of kit etc. I have a nice bath après midi & change of clothing Tres Bien. Col FORSTER returns from leave, very glad. Heavy shelling at night, but I have a good sleep.
Wet miserable morning, camp in an awful state. Bttn spends the day trying to clean up, rotten day. I move into a little hut in the afternoon, very cold at night, not much sleep.
Damp misty morning. We get orders for relief. Tres Bien. Very heavy bombardment all day with heavies. Battery of 9.2 fired 300 rds [rounds]. I try to show O’DELL the How [Howitzer] shells in the air but he couldn’t see them. Relieved by 2nd Middlesex 8th Div. about 5.30 pm. Easy relief & all completed by 6.30 pm except A Coy at ANDOVER who were relieved by 2nd W. Yorks. We travel by bus from Crucifix Corner MAUREPAS to camp 13 on CHIPILLY – MORLANCOURT Rd. Arrive camp about 10.0 pm. Very dirty & tired. Turn in about 12.0 pm.
Wet morning, very miserable, bad day all day. RIF [Royal Irish Fusiliers] move at 5.0 pm. S.M. ELLIS has tea with me. Quiet day. Saw Red Rocket. Pas BONNE.