THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd

Came on in motor bus here at 7 a.m. with Cather, ‘At.’ and Ensor to see trenches and make arrangements about taking over. Go back to P­­­­­_____ [Puchevillers] this evening. H.Q. dug out, four beds in cellar in village; two companies in trench line, one in reserve, one in support. In for 6 days I expect. Taking over in the dark. Will be a long business. Such a cold drive, about 30 miles. All round the country; took 3½ hours. G_____ returns from leave tomorrow. 1st Hants here, whom we take over from, commanded now by Middleton, who married Miss Duprey [sic].

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