Item 03: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January 1916-31 December 1916 - Page 84
took about an hour and was through the fertile fields, across the railway and through Wimereux. I am going to try and do plenty of walks in the long evenings if we don't get too much work.
Sund 16" July (8 p.m):-
Friday 14" inst was a public Holiday throughout France – it is so annually in commemoration of the taking of the Bastille. At Paris there was a combined route march of French British, Belgian & Russian Troops following which President Poincare precented diplomas to the families of those who have fallen for their country. Nothing out of the ordinary happened as far as we were concerned.
Yesterday afternoon firing commenced in the Channel from torpedo destroyers which were also racing about like