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Sunday, 25 March 2012

Diary Entry - 24th March, 1917

Walford: After breakfast in bed at seven a.m., we rose and the battery moved off at eight forty-five a.m. I stayed behind with the veterinary Sergeant and six men (all with bicycles) to clean up huts, as they were very dirty. It was a cold frosty morning with an East wind but it did not take long to get fires going and burn the rubbish. About ten thirty-five the place looked as if the place had been improved so I left and told the men to follow on bicycles. I picked the battery up at Vardencourt where the brigade watered. We all pulled up in a large station yard and filed down to the river by batteries. Then we fed and ourselves had some lunch. The halt was about one and a half hours as there were only seven kilometres to go with a long pull up into the town – Puchevillers. It was three by the time we got there. We soon turned into stables, watered and fed and got round to the billets. As I had bad neuralgia, probably caused by the cold wind, I turned in before dinner. That evening the news reached us that Suttie had been posted as brigade major to the 36th division, an event we thought would take place about the beginning of May.

Bee: A very cold morning. We moved off at eight fifteen a.m. via Bouzincourt. We timed things just nicely. We were travelling last. The division RA march together. We stopped at Contay[?], pulled into the station yard and watered. This took two hours. We got fairly good billets, considering, but there was great congestion when we arrived in the village as the 46th division feet were marching through at the same time. Got settled down at three thirty p.m.  

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