At night moved to
Working listening post.
Relieved at night, morning into close supports.
Moved to distant supports at night – detailed for a special guard two miles off. Raining hard & I fell into a lagoon with full pack, bag of rations for 48 hours, extra blanket, rifle, etc. Saved my life but lost blanket & rations. Had to dive for my rifle. No change of clothes – a – miserable.
Recalled from guard & rejoined battalion at Findenhoek.
Etappes – possibly Etaples – P. 5
Ledinghem – misspelt as Ledeghem – P. 6
Vaudringhem – misspelt as Vaudeghem – P. 6
Wavrin – misspelt as Wavran
Wytschaete – also Wijtschate – P. 8
Dranoutre – also spelt Dranouter – P. 9
Passchendaele – also spelt Passendale – P. 9]
[Transcribed by Judy Gimbert and Betty Smith for the State Library of New South Wales]