Weather unsettled – the less said about Xmas the better. On fatigue!!
Mills, Thorpe & I sneaked off to Dranoutre for a feed – eggs, chips & sausages – returning in time for fatigue & we had not been missed.
Cook's fatigue a.m. Fatigue at night.
Moved up the line at dusk. Put on guard – 2 hrs. on & 6 hrs. off. During 'off' hours from dusk until daybreak we were digging in. Freezing hard.
Slept from daylight until dark except from
midda ten a.m. until midday when I was observing. Fatigue all night.
Pay at 3 a.m. Wiring party until dawn.
Jan. 2 to 6
Guard from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m., 10 a.m. to 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wiring 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.!
Sent to bn. hq. to translate some papers taken off a Fritz corpse.
Nearly sent 'West' by machine gun fire whilst wiring – tin hat saved me. Thawing & raining.
Moved into outpost.
Relieved at night.