Snow fell up to about 5.00 p.m. yesterday and made trenches vile. Fine for relief, luckily. Today, fine but very cold, and no coal so far. Leave stopped again. The French counter attacks were very costly in life. Redmond’s shamrock has never come. Nothing more about the move, but if it comes off we shan’t go far. The gas helmets are absolute protection, and we each have two. Draft of 28 came from Base yesterday, making us up to 991. Many of them (21) those who had gone away sick. Some useful ones amongst them. I dine with R.A. [Royal Artillery] tonight. The relief didn’t begin till 7:40 p.m., and was completed at 8:45, and we got away at 9.00 p.m. Had some tea with Fergie and got here at 10:45. Berry, Shill, and I walked out together and rode on here. We’ve got the Div. cinema here tonight. I hope to see King’s Review of Ulster Div. Am promoting Hughes Sgt.

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