Ward diary, 30 October 1917-16 January 1918 / Ernest Henry Ward - Page 11

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Dec. 25
Weather unsettled – the less said about Xmas the better. On fatigue!!

Dec. 26
Mills, Thorpe & I sneaked off to Dranoutre for a feed – eggs, chips & sausages – returning in time for fatigue & we had not been missed.

Dec. 27
Cook's fatigue a.m. Fatigue at night.

Dec. 28
On fatigue.

Dec. 29
Carrying party.

Dec. 30
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.

Dec. 31
Slept from daylight until dark except from midda ten a.m. until midday when I was observing. Fatigue all night.

1917 [1918]
Jan. 1
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.!

Jan. 6
Sent to bn. hq. to translate some papers taken off a Fritz corpse.

Jan. 7
Nearly sent 'West' by machine gun fire whilst wiring – tin hat saved me. Thawing & raining.

Jan. 8
Moved into outpost.

Jan. 9
Listening post.

Jan. 10
Relieved at night.

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