We got in last night in relief without mishap. Showery, and today cold and rain. Trenches messy. Padre and Shill. both been at me to ask for leave, so today have written in for 10 days leave, from September 12-21, on plea of urgent private affairs. Duke was down today and persuaded him to stay to lunch. Just heard from ‘Dickie’ asking me to go and stay two days, as he is acting Brigadier. Afternoon hate, the T.M.’s [Trench Mortars] begun on our left.