Item 05: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 14
Sat. 2nd Feb. 1918
We stayed six weeks at Cormont and had quite a decent time there. For the first three weeks I was route marching, drilling etc., with the bearers but during the latter half of our rest I was collecting sick from various Units of the Division in surrounding villages and evacuating them daily to Etaples, Camiers and Boulogne.
On Tuesday 29th Jan. we had reveille at 1 a.m. and marched out at 2.15 a.m. After a ten kilometre march we arrived at Samer and boarded a troop train soon after. We ran through Desvres, Hazebrouck & Bailleul and detrained at Dekennabek Siding in Belgium. From this point, where there were several thousand 2nd Div. men waiting to entrain – going out of the lines for a rest, we marched through the remains