Item 03: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January 1916-31 December 1916 - Page 67
question when we received our final marching orders a day or two previously. (83)
Sat 1st July 1916:- Our journey to the North –
On Thursday our stay in Marseille came to an end and at 1.40 pm. Our long train, loaded with personnel & equipment steamed slowly out of the Gare du Prado. The people with whom I had dinner on Sunday night – Madame Boudet & her two girls Madeline & Jeanne were at the station to see me off. These warm hearted people have been very decent to me during my short sojourn in the south and I was jolly sorry to have to bid them farewell.
We arrived at Avignon at 7 pm. Where the train was shunted on to a siding where we stayed for two hours during which time I went for a short walk round the place which was a quiet old town,