THURSDAY, JULY 20th

We go on to a camp near P_____ [Poperinghe] by train. Transport by road, leave at 7.00 a.m. Hilda Booth’s boy joined 12th. Came and talked to me yesterday. Such a nice fellow, strong and well built. March severe yesterday, hot duty. Very clean place here—B_____ [Bolizelle]. Don’t think much kit has been lost so far. We have managed to bring it all along. Before going into the line last time we dumped all surplus kit, and each man’s pack, which contained clean change. Poor Burnett was very plucky; he was by the German broken wire with a broken leg, but managed to crawl a bit after dark.

[Near Poperinghe]

9.00 p.m. We came here by light railway. Transport by road 18 miles. We were met on arrival by P. of Wales, who escorted us to our camp and was most kind. He is D.A.Q.M.G. [Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General] XIV Corps, and I told him I had never received such kindly treatment from any Corps staff before, at which he smiled. Such a nice boy and quite simple, and unaffected. A nice, well-appointed camp, about two miles from Pop. Having just settled in we are told we are to move early tomorrow into another Corps further south. The P. was furious at this apparent muddling and cursed Generals freely. The Div. H.Q. is miles away, Bde. H.Q. five miles away, so we shall not get orders till small hours, and then to move at once, I suppose. Quite a decent journey today. We left at 9.30 a.m. and got in at 11.30 a.m. and only a few minutes’ march at each end. There some huts, but I am in a tent. These constant moves are irksome and seemingly unnecessary. The rail runs along the road. We passed our transport and caused much alarm among the horses. Result—three wagons were smashed.

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