Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Dec 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Dec 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Poperinghe.

Wednesday 1st December 1915:  Shelled.  Rain.  Dec opens wet.  Rations 10.30 – 3.30.  Promoted to Paid a/c Bdr. (4 ½ d extra per day) Harry Eagle & Barber pro a/c Bdrs (unpaid.)

Thursday 2nd December 1915: Rose at 8 pm [8 am].  Rations 11 – 3.20.  Wet day.  Oilskin fine.  Early to bed.

Friday 3rd December 1915:     Rose at 8 am.  Went for rations from 10.30 – 3.30.  Wagon stuck.  Building new winter bivouac.  Bed at 9 pm.

Saturday 4th December 1915: Rose at 8.  Rations at 11 – 4 pm.  Wagon stuck in mud.  On H.Q. guard.  Rum issue.  Nice guard.

Dec 1st.  Whilst proceeding through Poperinghe at 1.30 pm, the Germans bombarded the town.  First two shells 100 yds behind the wagon, just off the road.  20 or more shells burst.  Population terror-stricken.  Terrible sight.

Sunday 5th December 1915:    Fine in morning.  No rations.  Building new bivouac. “Tres bon”.  Raining later.  Letter from home.

Monday 6th December 1915:  Rose at 5 am.  Joined Div Train 6.45 am.  Drew rations at 8 – 11 am on Elverdinghe Road at new Railhead.  Rather slow, but will prove a success.

Tuesday 7th December 1915:  Rose at 5 am.  Joined A.S.C. 6.45 am.  Rations 8 – 930.  “Home” at 11.  Saw one of our aeroplanes brought down by enemy.  Landed on tip of wings.  Pcl from Scarbro’.

Wednesday 8th December 1915: Rose at 6 am.  Joined A.S.C. at 6.45.  Away with rations at 8.30.  Remarkably quick.  Spent afternoon building new bivouac & writing letters.  On Guard.

Thursday 9th December 1915: Went for rations 5 am – 11 am.  Coal 12-30 – 4 pm. Capt Walker goes on his 2nd leave.  Rotten Day – Raining all day.

Friday 10th December 1915:  Rose at 6.30 am.  Late for train.  Walked to A.S.C.  Back at 10.30.  Transferred all ammunition to H.Q.    Heavy work.

Saturday 11th December 1915: Rose at 6 am.  Joined Div Train 6.45 am.  Drew rations & back at 10.30. Reading & writing rest of day.

N.B.  I have been acting Q.M.S. for the whole D.A.C., Q.M.S. Shearman being too idle to get up at 5 am!

Sunday 12th December 1915:  Rose at 5.30 am.  Joined Div Train 6.45.  Back at 11 am.  Received two pcls from home.  On Guard at H.Q.  Beastly Cold.  (Redge Dean comes over to see us again.  Jolly good tea).

Monday 13th December 1915: Rose at 5.30 am.  Drew rations and returned at 11.  Cold weather & a change to first!

Tuesday 14th December 1915: Rose at 6 am.  Joined Div Train 6.45 am.  Cold & dark morning.  Back at 10.30 am.  Had a jolly good tea. Invited Clough & Forsythe.  Ham, Sausage, Cake etc.

Wednesday 15th December 1915: Rose at 6 am.  Joined Div Train 6.45 am. Drew Rations & arrived back at 10.30 am.  Rest of day writing & reading in farm.  Beastly cold & frosty.

Thursday 16th December 1915: Went for rations at 6.30 am.  Back at 11 am.  Spent afternoon reading & writing.  On Guard at night.

Friday 17th December 1915:   Went for rations at 6.30.  Back at 11.  Great aeroplane duel over us.  Thrilling at night in farm house.

Saturday 18th December 1915: Went for rations at 6.30 & back at 11.30.  Very quiet.

Poperinghe – Ben Rhydding.

Sunday 19th December 1915:  3.30 am.  Germans launch big gas attack & come over 3 times.  Big artillery duel.

Monday 20th December 1915:                        Rations.

Tuesday 21st December 1915:             Rations.

Wednesday 22nd December 1915:      Rations.

Thursday 23rd December 1915:           Rations.

Friday 24th December 1915:   Went for rations at 6.30 am.  Back 10.30.  Spent aft preparing for Xmas Dinner at Farm.  Excellent dinner at 6 pm – steak & kidney pie – plum pudding etc.  At 9.30 Capt Walker gave me pass for leave.  Exciting.

Saturday 25th December 1915: Left Camp 3.30 am with Sergt Becket.  Left Poperinghe 4.50 am.  Arr Boulogne 2 pm.  Left Boulogne 3.3 0 & arr Folkestone 5.15 pm.  Arrived Victoria 10.30 pm.  Left St Pancras at 12 midnight &             arrived Leeds 4.50 am.  Went to Y.M.C.A. until 7.45.  Left Leeds 8 am & arrived Ben R. 9.10 am.  Great excitement.  Dad & mother Cries with joy.  Grand in “Blighty”.

Ben R.

Sunday 26th December 1915:              Arrived Ben R 9.10.  Slept 18 hours.

Monday 27th December 1915:                        Visiting.

Tuesday 28th December 1915:            Visiting.

Wednesday 29th December 1915:       Went to Scarbro’ for the day.

Thursday 30th December 1915:           Visiting.

Friday 31st December 1915:                Left Ben R. at 10 pm. for Belgium.  Good bye dear old Ben R.

 

 

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Nov 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Nov 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Wagon Lines (1st) Poperinghe

Monday 1st November 1915:  Rose at 9.30.  Nothing doing all day.  Said “Goodbye” to Arnold & left the guns at 6.30 pm in the mess cart.  Terrible night.  Raining hard.  Wet through.  Stayed at wagon lines.

Tuesday 2nd November 1915: Up at 7.  Raining hard.  Nothing to eat.  Already “fed up” with the wagon lines.  Very ungenerous.  Mud awful.  Bdr Forster & Wilde leave for D.A.C.

Wednesday 3rd November 1915: Up at 7.  Spent whole at wagon lines.  Raining.  Mud terrible.  Miserable doing nothing.  T.O. Butler leaves with his kit & mine.  Had an awful night.

Thursday 4th November 1915: Left wagon lines at 7 am on forage wagon & arrived back at 9.30.  Had a wash! (1st time for 4 days).  Rowdy interview with P.W.H.  Working all aft.  Went to Elverdinghe 6 pm – 12 pm.

Friday 5th November 1915:     Up at 6 am to go for forage & rations.  Mud terrible. Back at 10.30 am.  Letter writing until dinner.  Working on new stables in afternoon.  On Guard.  Raining hard.  Cold.

Saturday 6th November 1915: Went for rations at 6.30 & back at 10 am.  Letters noon.  New stables in afternoon.  All camp awakened at midnight to fetch 4 wagons out of ditch.  They were returning from Elverdinghe full of bricks.  Poor night’s sleep.

Poperinghe.

Sunday 7th November 1915:   Up at 6.30 for rations.  Back at 10.  “Woodbines” issued (35).  Raining hard.  Mud 9” deep.

Monday 8th November 1915:  Rose at 6 am to go for rations.  Back at 10.  Roads simply treacherous.  Fine day.  Working & filling sandbags all afternoon.

Tuesday 9th November 1915:  Rose at 6 am to go for rations.  Back at 10 am.  Breakfast.  Letters noon.  Working at new stables.  On Guard.  Terrible night.

Wednesday 10th November 1915:  Went for rations at 6.30.  Back at 10 am & then had breakfast.  Letters noon.  Working on new stables.  Good night’s sleep.

Thursday 11th November 1915: Rose at 5.30 am to go for rations.  Back at 11.  Letters 12.  Working hard all afternoon at new stables.  Parcel & letters from home.

Friday 12th November 1915:   Rose at 6.30 am & went for rations.  Back at 11. Letters noon.  Working at new stables all afternoon.  Early to bed.

Saturday 13th November 1915: Rose at 5.30 to go for rations.  Joined Div. Train at 7.  Back at 11.  Went for coal in afternoon.  On Guard.  Wet & cold.  Beastly.

Sunday 14th November 1915: Rose at 6.30.  Went for rations.  Good tobacco & cig issue.  Fine day.  Building new (winter) bivouac.

Monday 15th November 1915: Rose at 8.  Went on Sick Parade with 5 boils on my neck.  Dressed them 3 times during day.  Early to bed.  Made fire in bivouac.

Tuesday 16th November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor at 9 am.  Received 3 letters & 3 papers.  Writing letters & reading all afternoon.  German shelling a good deal.

Wednesday 17th November 1915:  Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor at 9 & 2 pm.  Boils improving.  Wet day.  Letter writing & reading all day.  Early to bed.

Thursday 18th November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor at 9 & 2 pm.  Boils getting on much better.  Plenty of matter issuing.  Wet day in aft.  Great Air raid by 10 German planes.  Bombs dropped quite near us.

Friday 19th November 1915:   Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor at 9.  Went with Harry Eagle for letters at noon. Reading & writing in afternoon.  Paid 25 francs.

Saturday 20th November 1915:  Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor at 10 am.  off duty.  Spent day in reading & writing.

Sunday 21st November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor 9.30.  On duty again although alt doctor.  Went to Amm Col with Amm Stuck.

Monday 22nd November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor 9.30.  Neck healing up.  Went for rations.  Back at 4.  Good dinner.  Early to bed.              Frosty.

Tuesday 23rd November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor 9.30.  Went for rations at 11 am.  Back at 4 pm.  Roads terribly treacherous.  On         Guard.  Very mild. – Rain.

Wednesday 24th November 1915: Got two teams off to Ypres at 6 am.  Saw Doctor at 9.30.  Neck nearly better.  Went for rations at 11.  Back at 3.30 pm.  Writing letters until tea.  Early to bed.

Thursday 25th November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor 9.30.  Rations 11 – 3.30 pm.  Roads simply awful.  Letter writing before tea.  Bed 7 pm.

Friday 26th November 1915:   Rose at 8 am.  Doctor 9.30.  Rations 11 – 3.30 pm.  On H.Q.            Guard.  Spent night in ** Bed 8 pm.

Saturday 27th November 1915: Terribly frosty.  Saw Doctor 9.30.  Rations 11 – 3.30. Recd Gum boots, So’ Wester & waterproof waistcoat from home.

Sunday 28th November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor 9.30.  Out for rations 11 – 3.30.  Terribly frosty.  A.S.C. wagon stuck 3.30 – 5 pm.  Received Oilskin from home.

Monday 29th November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor 9.30.  Terribly wet.  Raining all day.  Oilskin etc simply grand.  Received weekly pcl from home.

Tuesday 30th November 1915:  Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor for the last time at 9.30.  Neck quite better.  Rations at 10.30 – 3.30.  On Guard.  Not so cold as of late.  Decent guard on.

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Oct 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Oct 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Poperinghe.

Friday 1st October 1915:         Went for rations at 9.15.  Cold wind.  Bad headache.  Stomach upset.  Afternoon at the latrines & in the bivouac.

Saturday 2nd October 1915:    Went for rations at 9.15.  In bed with chill.  Shivering all over.  Bed all day.  Feeling rotten at night.

Sunday 3rd October 1915:       Still rotten.  Rations 9.15.  Back at noon.  Afternoon holiday.  Cold day. Reading & writing.

Monday 4th October 1915:      Went for rations 9.15.  Back at noon.  Helping to put up stables in aft.  Poperinghe bombarded.  41 shells.

Tuesday 5th October 1915:      Went for rations at 9.15.  Back at noon.  Football match.  We won 3-2, I scoring last goal.  Afternoon letter writing.

Wednesday 6th October 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Back at noon.  Helping Dick Clarkson to put up horse jumps.  On H.Q. Guard.  “Stood to” at 4.30 am. Cold.

Thursday 7th October 1915:    Went for rations at 8.30.  Back at 11 am.  In afternoon helping Cpt P.H. Walker with the horse jumps.  P.H.W. jumping later.

Friday 8th October 1915:         Went for rations at 8.30.  Back at 11 am.  Wrote 3 letters before dinner.  Helping T.O.B. in aft with new stabling.

Saturday 9th October 1915:     Went for rations 8.30.  Back 11 am.  Made some jelly & custard.  Afternoon – playing football.

Poperinghe & Brielen.

Sunday 10th October 1915:     Went for rations 8.30.  Afternoon holiday.  Fine & warm.  Football H.Q. guard – 15 Shells into “Pop”.

Monday 11th October 1915:    Rations 8.30.  Back at 11.  Won 3 1st prizes with mules, N.C.O’s mount & harness.  Out at Pop. For P.H.W.

Tuesday 12th October 1915:    Went for rations at 8.30.  Back at 11.  Afternoon holiday.  Football & writing letters.  Evening we had a sing-song.

Wednesday 13th October 1915: Went for rations 8.30.  Back at 11.  Helping T.O.B. with Stabling.  Afternoon holiday.  Played football.

Thursday 14th October 1915:  Rations 8.30.  Back at 11.  Stabling with Butler.  On H.Q. guard.  Not a wink of sleep.

Friday 15th October 1915:       Rations 8.30.  Went up to Battery for gun-drill.  Saw Arnold.  Attchd to B gun with Cpl W. Dawson.  Good night’s sleep amongst the shells.

Saturday 16th October 1915:   Rose at 9.30.  Cleaned B gun with W.L.D. and Ray Renwick.  Fired 6 shell per gun.  All batteries round about firing.  Terrific din.  Result: stopped German attack 3 times.

Brielen near Ypres.

Sunday 17th October 1915:     Got up 9.30.  Went potato digging with Butler.  Gun laying & drill.  Out at night with Arnold.

Monday 18th October 1915:    Got up 9.30.  Gun laying practice.  German planes give battle to some of ours.

Tuesday 19th October 1915:    Got up 9.30.  German start “clodding” Dawson’s corner & kill R.E. Colonel.  Fired 8 shell from B gun in aft.  Went to Elverdinghe bricking 12-2 am.

Wednesday 20th October 1915: Got up 9.30.  German aeroplanes over.  Air duel.  Clodding the wood by the enemy.  Fired 10 shell per gun.  Went to Brielen village with Arnold.

Thursday 21st October 1915:  Rose at 5.30. & went with Horace Tennant down to O.P. & beyond.  Heavy artillery fired on both sides.  11th Battery in action.  Tenant & I between 2 fires.  30 shells near us.

Friday 22nd October 1915:      Rose at 9.30.  D gun firing 40 lb shells.  Quite a success.  We fired 8 rounds 50 lbs.  Playing at games at night.

Saturday 23rd October 1915:   Up at 9.30. Dawson goes to Wagon lines.  Sergt Gee back from leave.  Quiet day.

N.B. We knocked two trench mortars out of action on Friday.

Sunday 24th October 1915:     Got up 9.30.  My 19th Birthday.  Had a lovely tea with Arnold & Sergt Gee.  Beautiful cake from home.  Grand day.

Monday 25th October 1915:    Got up 9.30.  Terribly wet, 1st wet day for weeks.  Stayed in dug-out writing letters & playing games.            Gramophone on.

Tuesday 26th October 1915:    Rose at 9.30.  Potato digging.  Wet day.  Amused ourselves all day with gramophone, letter writing &           reading.

Wednesday 27th October 1915: Rose at 9.30.              Went to billets for meals.  In Brielen with Arnold shopping.  Fine day.  Many aeroplane fights.  Very thrilling.

Thursday 28th October 1915:  Rose at 9.30.  “D” gun firing 40 lb shells.  Quite a success.  Firing at German transports at Pilkem Cross Roads.

Friday 29th October 1915:       Rose at 9.30.  Fine day.  Firing 40 lb shell by aeroplane observation.  Went bricking to Elverdinghe 12 – 2 am.

Saturday 30th October 1915:   Rose at 9.30.  Fine day.  Aeroplanes up again & fighting enemy planes.  Fine sight.  2 “Archies” in action at billet.

Wagon Lines (1st) Poperinghe

Sunday 31st October 1915:     Rose at 9.30!  Potato digging.  Fine day, indeed, the last fine day for some time to come.  Aeroplane battles.

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Sept 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Sept 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Lovie Chateau

Wednesday 1st September 1915: 7.15 am went to 3 Towers Chateau in motor & laid cable to Briele.  Went to 11th Batt.  Saw Dove etc.  4 shells burst near in a field.  Back at 4.15 pm.

Thursday 2nd September 1915: Very wet.  Practicing speaking & morse telegraphy on Portable D.  In aft we made a Ladder Cable but abandoned it.  Wet.

Friday 3rd September 1915:     Lecture by Lieut Wells on Code Time.  Using telephone all day.  Good practice obtained.  Very wet.

Saturday 4th September 1915: Practicing with Telephone all day.  Recd parcels from Alan Todd & Mr. Hanson.  Also Letters from them & home.

Wretched weather.  Wet through Thurs, Friday & Sat.

Lovie Chateau nr Poperinghe

Sunday 5th September 1915:   Reveille 6 am.  Full Dress Parade at 9 am before Major Grubb D.S.O.  Raining hard all day.

Monday 6th September 1915:  Using “Wired Wireless” i.e. two D’s & two WW’s on the same line.  Wonderful invention.  Using Portable D phone.

Tuesday 7th September 1915:  Took down air line from Cable Camp to Signal Office.  Practicing on Buzzer.  Repairing a length of Cable.  Football at night.

Wednesday 8th September 1915: Left Cable Camp at 9 am – 4th Sect arrived at 10.30 am.  Afternoon holiday.  On Guard at H.Q. at night.

Thursday 9th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Back at 11.45 am.  Letters at 7 pm.  Afternoon spent in writing letters.

Friday 10th September 1915:   Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Letters 12 noon.  Afternoon holiday.  Went to Poperinghe with G. Smith to see “Fancie”.  Met Mr. Kaye.  Lovely evening spent.  Back at 9.15.

Saturday 11th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at 12.  Aft holiday.  Football Match with R.A.M.C.  Letter from Arnold to say he is sick in base hospital.

Poperinghe.

Sunday 12th September 1915: Went for rations 9.15.  Letters at noon.  Aft holiday.  Had a good bath.

Monday 13th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon.    Went to 49th Div Baths & had a good hot spray bath.  Good joy ride in wagon.

Tuesday 14th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at noon.  Writing letters in afternoon.

Wednesday 15th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at noon. Reading & writing in afternoon.

Thursday 16th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at noon.  Aft spent reading.  Went to Elverdinghe at night for bricks.

Friday 17th September 1915:   Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon.  Went to Elverdinghe at night.  M.P. killed in aft there.  Ruins terrible.  Sights! yes.

Saturday 18th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at noon.  Went to Elverdinghe to prepare for wagons for tile.  30 shells dropped in.  Exciting time.  Souvenir hunting.  Plenty of unexploded shells about.  Church in awful condition.

Sunday 19th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon. Afternoon spent writing letters &making a good tea.  Early to bed.

Monday 20th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon.  Received ** from home & fountain pen.  On Guard H.Q.  Cold night.

Tuesday 21st September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters 12.  Moved position into a neighbouring farm field.  All day spent in making bivouac. Butler joins in.

Wednesday 22nd September 1915:      Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters 12.  Taube over & dropped 3 bombs on road near by.  Chased away by 7 Vicker’s Biplanes.  Escaped easily.

Thursday 23rd September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  General visits us & has inspection.  Taube over us at tea time flying fast & very low.

Friday 24th September 1915:   Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at noon.  Afternoon reading.

Saturday 25th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at noon.  Aft holiday.

Sunday 26th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon.  Afternoon spent in bivouac writing & reading.

Monday 27th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon.  Harness cleaning in afternoon.  Went for ride to Couthof with Capt. R.H.W.

Tuesday 28th September 1915: Rations 9.15.  Raining hard.  Letters noon. On H.Q. Guard.  Wet through.  Cold & damp.

Wednesday 29th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Raining hard.  Got wet through & caught a chill.  Went to bed in afternoon.  Feeling rotten.

Thursday 30th September 1915: In bed all day.  Caught a chill.  Stomach upset.  Sick at night.

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Aug 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Aug 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Poperinghe.

Sunday 1st August 1915:        Went to Peselhoek for rations at 7.  H.Q. 11 am.  Letters 12 noon.  Afternoon holiday.  Writing.

Monday 2nd August 1915:      Went to place past 1st Sect for rations at 7.  Afternoon reading & writing.  Exercising at night.

Tuesday 3rd August 1915:       Went “sur la route a West Vletern” [Westvleteren] for rations at 7.  Interpreter at trial of A. & S.H. charged with stealing from Belgian.  On Guard H.Q.

Wednesday 4th August 1915: Midnight.  Poperinghe shelled.  23 “Jack Johnsons.” Anniversary of Declaration of War!  Went for rations at 7.  Afternoon holiday.

Thursday 5th August 1915:     Went to Peselhoek for rations at 7.  Out exercising mules at night.  Fell off!  Poperinghe shelled.  23 “Jack Johnsons”.

Friday 6th August 1915:          Went for rations at 10 am.  Back at 11.30 am.  Letters noon.  Afternoon writing & reading.

Saturday 7th August 1915:      Went for rations at 10 am.  Letters at noon.  Afternoon holiday.  Fine.

Sunday 8th August 1915:        Went for rations at 10 am.  Letters at noon.  Aft asleep. Out at night with Eagle.

Monday 9th August 1915:       Went for rations at 10 am.  Letters at noon.  Fine day.  Terrific bombardment from 2.30 am – 6 am.  British retake all lost trenches.

Tuesday 10th August 1915:     Went for rations at 10 am.  Letters at noon.  Out with Eagle & Lawson near P.  Cigars & wine.

Wednesday 11th August 1915: Went for rations at 10 am.  Letters noon.  Aft holiday. Reading & writing.  Went out exercising at    night.

Thursday 12th August 1915:   Went for rations at 10 am.  Letters at noon.  Wet.  Thunderstorm all afternoon.  Almost flooded out.

Friday 13th August 1915:        Went for rations at 10 am.  Raining.  Letters at noon.  Afternoon writing letters.

Saturday 14th August 1915:    Went for rations at 10.  Went to Poperinghe with G. Smith for Mr Walker.  Shelled by Germans ½ hour          after.  14 17 in.  In bed at 8 pm.

Sunday 15th August 1915:      Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Received pcl from Home & Mrs Harrison.  Letter from A. Beaumont, Miss Baines & J Decelle.

Monday 16th August 1915:     Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Letters at noon.  Parcel from Home.  Out exercising at night.

Tuesday 17th August 1915:     Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Letters at noon.              Went to see Arnold up at guns.  Exciting time 20 shrapnel burst over Dawson & I.  Narrow escape.

Wednesday 18th August 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at noon.  Afternoon out with Sergt Hewitt finding a forge.

Thursday 19th August 1915:   Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Letters at noon.  Afternoon reading & writing.  On Guard at H.Q. at 6 pm.

Friday 20th August 1915:        Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Letters at noon.  Afternoon asleep.  Out at night with Lawson & Eagle.

Saturday 21st August 1915:    Went for rations at 9.15.  Raining fast.  Wet through.  Afternoon spent writing letters.

Sunday 22nd August 1915:      Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Letters at noon.              Arnold & Wilf Dawson visit me.  Ripping day.  6 German aeroplanes over.

Monday 23rd August 1915:     Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Letters at noon.  Went to H.Q. for stores.  On guard at H.Q.  Row with C.Q.M.S. about sack of f***.

Tuesday 24th August 1915:     Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon.  Brought 2 cooks up before P.H.W.  Result: – 5 days C.B. for both.  Out exercising at night.

Wednesday 25th August 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon.  Aft spent reading & writing.

Thursday 26th August 1915:   Went for forage & rations at 9.15 am.  Letters at noon.  Aft holiday.  Exercising at night.

Friday 27th August 1915:        Went for forage & rations at 9.15 am.  Letters 12 noon. Aft holiday.  On Guard at H.Q.

Saturday 28th August 1915:    Went to Lovie Chateau H.Q. R.E. Sigs for a 10 days’ course in Telephony.  Arrived there 12 noon.  Walked to Proven in aft.  Concert at night which was excellent.  Made a bivouac with Bomber Chris Hatch (11th) & Meakes (10th Bt).

Lovie Chateau

Sunday 29th August 1915:      Reveille 5 am!!  Full Dress Parade before Major Grubb at 9 am. Holiday Rest of Day.  Fine weather.

Monday 30th August 1915:     Lecture by Lieut Wells.  Went out & laid a cable to Convent St. Sixte.   Back at 3 pm.  Tired.  Rested &         went to bed early.

Tuesday 31st August 1915:     Lecture by Lieut Wells.  Out with cable cart fixing air line to Convent St. Sixte.  Long job.  Tired.

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary July 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary July 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Au Grand Bois d’ Estaires – Caestre – Watou.

BELGIUM.

Thursday 1st July 1915:           Went to H.Q. for forage & rations.  Packing up all day.  Moved off 8.15 pm. with A.S.C. wagons & cooks’.       Staff  4th Section set off at 9.  Passed through Neuve Berquin, Vieux Berquin, Strazeele & arrived Caestre 11.45 pm. & found billets & watering place.

Friday 2nd July 1915:               Got up 6.45 am.  Went for forage & rations at 8 am.  3 miles away.  Came back in motor.  Left Caestre at 8 pm. via, Steenvoorde & arrived 1 mile from Watou at 12 pm.  On Guard.

Saturday 3rd July 1915:           Awake all night.  Drew rations & forage at 8 am.  Went, for first time, into Belgium, 3 Kilos past Watou.  Asleep all aft.  Shifted position 1 Kilo away (nearer Winnezeele.  Slept in the open.  Saw Reg Rhodes in Belgium.

Watou – Poperinghe.

Sunday 4th July 1915:             Reveille 7.  Went for forage at 8 to 3 Kilos past Watou in Belgium.  Saw Arthur Bilbro’.  Church Parade at 12.  Visited Arnold.

Monday 5th July 1915:            Went to Watou for forage & rations at 8 am.  Back at 11.  Parcel from home.

Tuesday 6th July 1915:            Went to Watou for forage & rations at 8 am.  Back at 11 am.  2 spies attack Holmes on guard & steal his rifle.  Alarm in Camp.

Wednesday 7th July 1915:       Went to Watou for forage & rations at 8 am.  Back at 11.  On Guard at night.  12 extra on Guard.  Sharp look out kept.  Nothing doing.

Thursday 8th July 1915:           Went to Watou for forage at 7.  Back at 11.  Left Winnezeele at 6.30 pm. & went via Poperinghe to camp near Woesten.  Arrived there 11.30 pm.  4th Sect arrived 3.30 am.  Bed at 3.45 am.  A*** at 4.45 am.

Friday 9th July 1915:               Went to Watou for rations.  Set off at 5.30 am & arrived there 8.45 am.  Left 11.30 am & arrived Peselhoek [Pezelhoek] (A.S.C. H.Q.) at 2.30 pm.  Left 5.30 pm & arrived “home” 7 pm.  Had tea & went to bed, requiring a well earned rest.

Saturday 10th July 1915:         Reveille 6 am.  Went to Peselhoek for rations at 7.30 am.  3 shells drop near at 7.10 am.  44 shells burst ½ mile away in late afternoon.

Sunday 11th July 1915:           Went to Peselhoek for rations at 7.15 am.  Back at 11. Stables at 12.  H.Q. in afternoon.  Moved position to another field ½ mile away.

Monday 12th July 1915:          Went to Pezelhoek for rations at 7.15 am.  Back at 11.  Stables 12.  Afternoon holiday.

Tuesday 13th July 1915:          Went to Peselhoek [Pezelhoek] for rations & forage at 7.30.  Back at 11.  Went for letters in afternoon.  Terrific attack by Germans at Ypres.  (Took 400 shells).

Wednesday 14th July 1915:     Went to Peselhoek for rations.  Moved position to a place 1 mile from Poperinghe: (near Peselhoek).  Left 8.30 pm. & arrived 11.30 pm.  Raining hard.  Wet through.  Terrible.

Thursday 15th July 1915:         Rose at 5 am.  Wet through.  Went to Pezelhoek for forage & rations at 8 am.  Back at 11.  Filled nosebags.  Wrote letter home.

Friday 16th July 1915:             Went to Peselhoek [Pezelhoek] for forage & rations. Filled nosebags all day long.  Went to H.Q. for stores.

Saturday 17th July 1915:         Went to Peselhoek for forage & rations at 7 am.  Back at 9.30.  Afternoon holiday.

13th N.B.  There was a terrific bombardment of German heavy artillery on Tues night for 5 hrs.  Poperinghe was also bombarded almost each day with “Jack Johnsons”  Tues we took up 400 rds.

Sunday 18th July 1915:           Went to Peselhoek for forage & rations.  Tobacco & cigs issued.  Afternoon holiday, spent writing.

Monday 19th July 1915:          Went to Peselhoek for forage & rations.  Back at 9.30. Received large pcl from home & letter.  On Guard at night.  Turner fired a shot.  Guard turned out.

Tuesday 20th July 1915:          Went to Peselhoek for forage & rations.  Moved position once again; this time into a wood 2 miles from Poperinghe.  Rumours about leave.

Wednesday 21st July 1915:     Went for forage & rations to Peselhoek at 7.  Back at 9.30 am.  Filled nosebags.  Cpl Wilf Dawson came over tovisit me.  Champion aft spent.

Thursday 22nd July 1915:        Went for forage & rations at 7.  Filled nosebags.  Wet day.  Letter & blanket from home.

Friday 23rd July 1915:             Went for forage & rations at 7 am.  Put up 50 tents for Kitchener’s Army in wood & painted them.  No breakfast, no dinner, no tea.

Saturday 24th July 1915:         Went for forage & rations at 7 am.  Received blanket from home.  Cpl Clarkson goes on leave.

Sunday 25th July 1915:           Went for rations & forage at 7.  Raining.  Aft sleeping writing & reading.

Monday 26th July 1915:          Went to Peselhoek for rations.  Received pcl.  Free Press                                          & letters from home.  On Guard at H.Q.

Tuesday 27th July 1915:          Went for forage & rations at 7.  Received parcel from Miss Whitaker.  Out exercising at night on a mule.

Wednesday 28th July 1915:     Went for forage & rations at 7 am.  Raining.  Went to interpreter at farm house with Jack & Luke R.  Went for letters at 12 noon.  Afternoon holiday.  Wrote letters.

Thursday 29th July 1915:         Went for forage & rations at 7 to Peselhoek.             German aeroplane over us.  Shrapnel drops in our camp.  Out with wagons at night.

Friday 30th July 1915:             Went for forage & rations to Peselhoek at 7.  16 Jack Johnsons fired at Poperinghe.  Saw one burst.  3 ***.  Afternoon holiday.

Saturday 31st July 1915:         Went to Peselhoek for rations at 7.  Cpl Clarkson comes back from home leave.  Brings a letter for me.  Afternoon holiday.  Writing letters & reading.  2 Taubes over us.  Heavily shelled.

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary June 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary June 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Au Grand Bois d’ Estaires.

Tuesday 1st June 1915:            Went to Estaires for forage.  Received letter from W. Jennings.  Also parcel from home.

Wednesday 2nd June 1915:     Went to Estaires for forage.  Received letter from Mr. Atkinson & Aunt Etty.

Thursday 3rd June 1915:          Went to Bac St. Maur for forage, via Estaires. Afternoon “nothing doing”.

Friday 4th June 1915:              Went to Bac St. Maur for forage.  In afternoon went to Estaires on a mule for papers.

Saturday 5th June 1915:          Went to Bac St. Mann for forage at 7.30.  Back at 12.30.

Sunday 6th June 1915:             Went to Estaires at 6.30 am for forage.  Back at 9.30. Reading & sleeping rest of day.  Bathing.

Monday 7th June 1915:           Went to Estaires for forage at 6.30 am.  Got some fishing tackle for Mr Walker & myself.  Grand bathe in pool.  Heat terrible.

Tuesday 8th June 1915:           Went to Estaires for forage 6.30 am.  Washed blankets & trousers.  Afternoon thunderstorm.  In bivouac all aft. At night, we beat H.Q. (5-1) at football.

Wednesday 9th June 1915:      Went to Estaires (6.30) for forage.  Doing nothing special during rest of day.  Out at night.

Thursday 10th June 1915:        Went to Estaires at 6.30 am for forage.  Fishing at night at swimming pool.  Caught very large eel: also a small one.  Smith 6 small ones.

Friday 11th June 1915:                        Got up at 4 am & went fishing but had no luck.  Only caught small roach.  Went to Estaires for forage in morning.  Out at night.

Saturday 12th June 1915:        Went to Estaires for forage at 6.30 am.  Made a “Reserve” forage place.  Working all day.  Out at Estaminet at night.

Sunday 13th June 1915:           Went to Estaires for forage at 6.30.  Church Parade 9.30.  Rest of day spent resting & reading.  Sang Hymns at night round camp fire.

Monday 14th June 1915:         Went to Estaires for forage at 7 – 9 am.  Received pd & letter from home asking me to get a photo taken of the grave of J.W. Kettlewell, only son of a M.R. Goods Guard at Ben Rhydding.

Tuesday 15th June 1915:         Went to Estaires for forage at 7 am.  Back at 9 am.  Filling nosebags in morning.  Went to Estaires for bran.  Found out cemetery & also a photographer.

Wednesday 16th June 1915:    Went to Estaires for forage at 7 am.  Back at 9 am. Went to Doulieu at 10 am for clover.  Back at 1 pm.  Went to Estaires cemetery & had the grave of J.W. Kettlewell (2nd West Yorks) photographed.  He died at Neuve Chapelle.

Thursday 17th June 1915:        Went to Estaires for forage at 7 am.  Back at 9 am.  Went to Doulieu for clover, but there was none today for us.  Filling nosebags at night.  On Guard.

Friday 18th June 1915:                        Went to Estaires for forage at 7.  Back at 9.              Filled nosebags.  Went to Estaires for photos of grave.  Disappointed with result “no bon”.

Saturday 19th June 1915:        Went to Estaires at 7 for forage.  Went to Fleurbaix to see Arnold.  Left 10.30 arrived 12.45.  Left 3.40 arrived home 5.50.  Beautiful up altho.  Ruins etc visited.

N.B. Estaires Cemetery, with the numerous graves of heroes who all fell at Neuve Chapelle, looks indeed a piteous, yet glorious, spectacle.

Sunday 20th June 1915:           Went for forage at 6.30.  Church Parade 9.30. Reading & writing.  Sunny & fine.

Monday 21st June 1915:          Went for forage at 7.  Back at 9.  Wrote to Arnold.  Grand day.  Went to H.Q. for stores.  Out at night.

Tuesday 22nd June 1915:         Went to Estaires  at 7 am for forage.  Back at 9.  Filled nosebags.  On Guard.  Raining.

Wednesday 23rd June 1915:    Went to Estaires at 7 am. for forage.  Filled nosebags. Cricket Match with 3rd Section.  Abandoned owing to storm.  Took 2 wkts for 15.  Went fishing caught 1 eel.

Thursday 24th June 1915:        Went to Estaires at 7 am for forage.  Saw Herbert Routledge.  Went to A.C. at Sailly sur la Lys with ammn.  Back at 8.30 pm.

Friday 25th June 1915:                        Went to Estaires at 7 am for forage.  Storm.              Terrific rain.  Went to La Gorgue for a bath.  Ripping.  Singing at night.

Saturday 26th June 1915:        Went to Estaires for forage at 6.30 am. Reading & writing all morning.  Went to H.Q. for stores.  Finish Cricket Match with 3rd Section.  Scores: – 3rd – 100          4th – 21  My batting was 9 no out.  My bowling was 2 wkts for 10.

Au Grand Bois d’ Estaires – Caestre – Watou.

BELGIUM.

Sunday 27th June 1915:           Went to Estaires for forage at 7 am.  Filled nosebags.  Rest of day reading, writing & sleeping.  On Guard.

Monday 28th June 1915:         Went to H.Q. forage.  Filled nosebags all day. Wrote 3 letters.  Received pcl from home.  Letter from Arnold & Miss Whitaker (at Llandudno).

Tuesday 29th June 1915:         Went to H.Q. for forage & rations at 7.30 am. getting ready to move off (to Poperinghe?).  Cricket at night.

Wednesday 30th June 1915:    Went to H.Q. for forage & rations at 7.30 am.  Raining hard.  Fine in afternoon.  Cricket at night.  Church Service at night – Prayers etc by Cpl of N.H.Y.

A G Richardson May 15

Gonnehem.

Saturday 1st May 1915:           Beautiful weather.  Went to A.S.C. for forage.  Went to Chocques in the afternoon on A.S.C.             wagon.  Spent 9 francs.  Nice afternoon.

Weather: – Extremely hot during day.  Cold & breezy at nights.  Heat terrific.  Got paid 10 f April 30.

Gonnehem – Cornet Malo.

Sunday 2nd May 1915:            At Church Parade at 10.15. W.R. D.A.C. & R.F.A. & “Queen’s Rifles”.  Beautiful little service.  Afternoon holiday.  Spent reading & writing.  1st news from home.  Received 2 letters & 2 papers from home.  4 Wagons go to Battery A.C.  Kingswell sees Arnold.

Monday 3rd May 1915:             Went for forage in morning.  To Chocques in the afternoon with wagon.  Witnessed a thrilling shelling of English Aeroplane by Germans.  150 shots at it, but it evaded them.  Fine!!

Tuesday 4th May 1915:           Rained heavily during the night, when I was on guard. Fine during the day.  Went to Chocques for exchange of forage.  Gunners on Guard.  Thunder storm.

Wednesday 5th May 1915:      Moved from Gonnehem to Cornet Malo, where we arrived 2 pm.  Made Bivouacs to sleep in.  Tommy Dean & I in “The U***”.

Thursday 6th May 1915:          Went to Bethune for forage at 7.45.  his with Q.M.S. Walked to Locon.  Saw Arnold at night.  Exchanged letters from home etc.

Friday 7th May 1915:              Went to Bethune for forage at 7.30 am.  Beautiful weather.  Sky lit up with firing star shells etc.

Saturday 8th May 1915:          Went to Bethune for forage at 7.30 am and again at 3 pm for reserve rations.  On Guard at night.

CORNET MALO

Sunday 9th May 1915:             Great advance starts.  Working all day loading amm. 1500 rds sent to A.C.  The Great Bombardment starts 4.30 am.  terrific slaughter of Germans & Brit.  British capture 2 trenches & advance on both flanks, but are repulsed in centre.  Witnessed terrible sights of wounded.

Monday 10th May 1915:         Went to load amm. At 4.30 am. & sent it off to A.C. at La Tamoc Willot.  Several of our chaps see Arnold.  Went to Bethune at 3 pm.  Back at 7 pm.  Heard “Lusitania” torpedoed.

Tuesday 11th May 1915:         Went to Bethune for forage.  Fine weather.  Bought some bread.

Wednesday 12th May 1915:    Went to Bethune for forage.  Nothing much doing all day.

Thursday 13th May 1915:        Went to Bethune for forage.  Fine weather.  Saw Prince of Wales. Arnold comes down to our camp.

Friday 14th May 1915:                        Went to Bethune for forage.  Fine weather.  British make fine progress at Loos.

Saturday 15th May 1915:        Went to Chocques & Bethune in morning with 2 wagons to exchange oats for bran.  Went to Bethune in afternoon for forage.

N.B.  Lost 2 false teeth owing to Hard Army Biscuits.

Le Cornet Malo – Estaires.

Sunday 16th May 1915:           Terrific bombardment.  British advance over a mile at Richebourg, L’Avone.  Went to Bethune.

Monday 17th May 1915:         Saw hundreds of Canadians on way to trenches.  Wet. Went to Bethune for forage at 3 pm.

Tuesday 18th May 1915:         Weather wet.  Went to Bethune for forage at 3 pm.  On Guard for 24 hours in Wagon Park.  Ripping fire.

Wednesday 19th May 1915:    On Guard.  Ripping fire.  Had a good time sleeping, reading & writing letters.  Pay day 15 f.  3 letters from home.

Thursday 20th May 1915:        Went to Chocques & back via Bethune to exchange oats for bran.  Ripping day spent.              Brought present for mother.  No rations drawn.

Friday 21st May 1915:             Went to Bethune for rations & forage at 3.30 am. returned at 8 am.  built new bivouac.  Read “S*** & Overseas” Daily Mirror.

Saturday 22nd May 1915:        Went to Bethune at 3.30 am for forage & rations. Returned 9 am.  moved at 4.30 pm. To “Au Grand bois d’ Estaires” & rejoined the rest of W.R. D.A.C.  cold, dark night.  Went to bed with             “Wharton & near Mr Walker’s horse at 1 am.

Au Grand BOIS d’ Estaires.

Sunday 23rd May 1915:           Fine day.  Day spent in settling down in new quarters.  Had a row with Q.M.S. Shearman.  Absolute fool & nothing else.  Thoughts of those at home & in church at the time.

Monday 24th May 1915:         Letter from home.  Went to A.S.C. at Estaires for forage.  Spent afternoon lying out in sun & reading.  Lovely day.  Saw 3 aeroplanes shelled.  Loading ammunition at night.

Tuesday 25th May 1915:         Went to A.S.C. Estaires for forage.  In the afternoon, went with “Jock” Hatson & 1 team to La Gorgue for ½ ton coal.  Evening spent writing letter home.

Wednesday 26th May 1915:    Went to A.S.C. for forage in morning & afternoon spent reading & writing.

Thursday 27th May 1915:        Went to A.S.C. Estaires for forage.  Afternoon spent cleaning trousers with paraffin, reading papers & writing & sleeping.  “Nothing doing”.

Friday 28th May 1915:                        Went to A.S.C. Estaires for forage.  Afternoon asleep from 2 – 5.  on Guard all night.  Cold.

Saturday 29th May 1915:        Went to Estaires for forage.  Asleep all afternoon.  Out at night with T.A. Dean.

N.B.  Received wrist watch (illuminated at night) from home on 25th.  Ripping.

Au Grand Bois d’ Estaires.

Sunday 30th May 1915:           Went to Estaires for forage.  Afternoon reading & writing.

Monday 31st May 1915:          Went to Estaires for forage.  Afternoon asleep.  Out at night.

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Apr 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Apr 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Sheffield.

Thursday 1st April 1915:         Rose at 8 am.  Went a bike ride in morning via Ilkley, Askwith, Otley & Burly.  Played & beat Dad at golf.  Also played Miss M. Whitaker & Miss A. Baines.  In Ilkley at night.

Friday 2nd April 1915:             Good Friday.  Dad & I v Mr Watkin & Mr Petty at golf.  We won 12 holes, halved 5 & lost 1.  Afternoon wet & went to see Mrs Hartley.  Crucifixion at night at Ben R. Church.  Excellent.

Saturday 3rd April 1915:         Left Ben R 6.45  Sheffield arr 8.56.  Saw Doctor.  Vaccinated.  Fainted!!  Stables 4 pm.  Stable Picket 6 pm.  Writing letters at night.

Sheffield & Blackheath

Sunday 4th April 1915:            Easter Sunday. Stables.  Relieved to go to Church & Communion 10.45 am.  Stables afternoon till 7 pm.

Monday 5th April 1915:          Stables relieving Geo Sheard.  Field Day at Totley.  29 Horses stampede.  7 men injured.  Terrible accident.

Tuesday 6th April 1915:          Firing at 100 yards .303 Totley Range.  Scored 18 out of 20.  out at night.  Raining hard all day.

Wednesday 7th April 1915:     Firing at 200 & 300 yards Totley Range.  Rapid, Sniping & Deliberate.  Gate Picquet at night.

Thursday 8th April 1915:         Gate Picquet all day.  Out at night.  Raining.  Packed up for moving.

Friday 9th April 1915:             Left Sheffield 9.21 am.  Arrived King’s X 3 pm       & Blackheath 4 pm.  Went to billets – in a mansion – Fine.  On Stable Picket at night.

Saturday 10th April 1915:       Stable Picquet all day.  Went to Greenwich, London Bridge & Cannon Street at night.  Searchlights on Thames were fine.  Appointed N.C.O. in charge of Forage with Potts as my right hand man.

Blackheath Southampton Le Havre.

Sunday 11th April 1915:          Went for my 1st ride on horseback with Bdr.             Wilkinson.  Signalling on Blackheath Common.  Out with Geof            Stead at night at Tower Bridge, Tower, Fleet Str., Strand, Trafalgar Square, Westminster.  Bus & Tube.

Monday 12th April 1915:        In charge of Forage.  Potts & I obtain it from A.S.C.  50 miles.

Tuesday 13th April 1915:        Forage gathering.  On Guard at 6 pm.  Extremely cold.  25 miles.

Wednesday 14th April 1915:   On Guard all day.  Packing up at night.  46 miles arrive.

Thursday 15th April 1915:       Getting forage for 114 mules & 5 horses.  Very busy indeed.  Out with A.S.C wagon.  Everything ready for moving off.  Packed at 8 pm 9 pm & 12 midnight.  All ready.  Order to “Stand By”.  Drew up in order at 12.

Friday 16th April 1915:           Set off 2 am from Blackheath & went by rail to Woolwich Arsenal.  Left Woolwich 6.50 am. arrived Southampton 11 am.  left S. at 6.20 pm on H.M.S. “A***”.  Lights out & all below deck at 8 pm.  Safe & calm crossing.

Saturday 17th April 1915:       Arrived Le Havre 3 am.  Disembarked 9 am.  All day spent in unloading & getting everything ready for entraining.  Drew 3 days train rations for 120 mules & 80 men.  Stable Picket at night.

Le Havre – Merville – Haverskerque.

Sunday 18th April 1915:          Left Le Havre at 3 pm.  Beautiful travelling in France.  Scenery extra.   6 of us in forage wagon.  Ripping.  Arrived Rouen 11 pm.  Went to “Kip” at 12 pm.

Monday 19th April 1915:        Arrived Abbeville 5 am.  Train via Boulogne, Calais & St. Omer to Hazebrouck.  Crossed Yser Canal.  2 Bridges blown up.  Trenches everywhere.  Arrived Berguette 12.5 pm.  Went to Camp 5 miles away.

Tuesday 20th April 1915:        On Guard during night.  Terrific cannonading at the front.  We are only 8 miles from Neuve Chapelle.  Forage all day.  Beautiful weather.  Met, very luckily, my brother Arnold & Wilf Dawson at night at St. Vanon.  Very pleasant evening spent together.  Letter from home.  Saw 4 W.R. R.F.A.

Wednesday 21st April 1915:   Haverskerque.  Went with A.S.C. for forage.  Beautiful weather.  Hard work getting wagons out of park.  “Fall in the Gunners”.  Got Paid 5 f.  Saw Arnold.

Thursday 22nd April 1915:      Went for forage with A.S.C.  Great trouble getting wagons away.  Mules stubborn.  ”Fall in the Gunners”.  Saw Arnold.

Friday 23rd April 1915:           Foraging  with A.S.C.  Attending to forage etc all day.  On Guard at night.  Very cold indeed.

Saturday 24th April 1915:       Left Haverskerque at 9 am & travelled by road via Merville (In Ruins) to Estaires where we arrived 4 pm.  5 miles from Neuve Chapel.  Heavy firing going.  Whole of the line lit up with searchlights, star shells etc.  Very fascinating.  Weather: – Extremely hot during day & cold at night.

Gonnehem.

Sunday 25th April 1915:          Reveille 4.30 am.  Left Estaires 7 am via Merville & Locon & arrived Gonnehem 6 pm.  Tired out.  On Guard!  Saw 4th R.F.A. pass en route & Arnold etc.

Monday 26th April 1915:        Reveille 6 am.  Went with A.S.C. for forage in morning. Afternoon filling nose bags.              Gonnehem.  Paid 10 f.

Tuesday 27th April 1915:        Went to A.S.C. for forage.  Afternoon spent lying down basking in the Sun.  Went down to Gonnehem at night.

Wednesday 28th April 1915:   Went to A.S.C. for forage.  Afternoon went to Chocques for exchange of 6 Oats for 8 Bran.  Out in village at night.

Thursday 29th April 1915:       Went to A.S.C. for forage in morning.  In the afternoon went to Chocques to change Oats for Bran.  Place shut up at night, had a good bust up.

Friday 30th April 1915:           Went to A.S.C. for forage in morning.  In the afternoon, went to Chocques to change 10 Oats for 14 Bran.  Evening spent in cleaning parade ground.  17 f Paid.

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Mar 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Mar 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Doncaster.

 

Monday 1st March 1915:         Reveille 6 am.  Packed Kits & left for Doncaster 9-45.  Arrived 10.30.  Gun Drill in afternoon under Sergt Maj. Cotton.  Went to “Palace” at night.

Tuesday 2nd March 1915:        Stables 6.30.  Breakfast 8 am.  Exercising horses in morning & Gun Drill in afternoon.  Grand Theatre at night “Tommy Atkins”.

Wednesday 3rd March 1915:   Stables 6.30.  Gun Drill in Gun Park in morning. Stables 11.30.  Afternoon holiday.  Had a rest in billets. Out with Arnold at night.

Thursday 4th March 1915:       Gun Drill both morning & afternoon.  Stables 6.30, 11.30 4.30.

Friday 5th March 1915:           Gun Drill both morning & afternoon.  Went down to Rly Docks & practiced entraining horses & guns.  Hard work.  11th Batt beat 10th by 7 mins.

Saturday 6th March 1915:       Gun Drill in morning.  Had my photo (together with Arnold) taken in town.  Stables 3.15.  Picture House Café at night with AGR, Arthur. King, Watkinson, Stockdale, Roberts & Ralph.

Sunday 7th March 1915:          Stables 7 am.  Church Parade 9.30 am.  Afternoon spent reading & writing.  Out in town at night with Arnold.

Monday 8th March 1915:        Gun Drill morning & afternoon.  Out with Arnold at night.  Picture House Café.

Tuesday 9th March 1915:        Gun Drill morning & afternoon. Arnold goes home on 4 days leave.  Lucky Beggar!!  Out on night    manoeuvres from 6-12 pm.  Trenching.

Wednesday 10th March 1915: Gun Drill morning & afternoon.  Out with Tommy Butler at night.

Thursday 11th March 1915:     Stables 7 am.  Gun Drill morning & afternoon.  Stayed in at night because was “stony broke”.

Friday 12th March 1915:         Stables 6.30.  Rifle Drill in morning & afternoon under Sergt Barker.  Went to “Grand” Theatre.

Saturday 13th March 1915:     Stables 6.30 pm.  Rifle Drill in morning.  Out in afternoon with Corp Wilf Dawson & at Picture House at night.       Arnold returned Sat midnight after ripping 4 days at home.

Sheffield.

Sunday 14th March 1915:        Church Parade 9.30 am at Wheatly Church.              Resting during rest of day.  Out with Arnold.

Monday 15th March 1915:      Rifle Drill all morning and afternoon.  Out at night with Tommy Butler.

Tuesday 16th March 1915:      Rifle Drill under Sergt Spence.  Out on night manoeuvres from 7 – 12 pm, digging trenches round guns.

Wednesday 17th March 1915: Left Doncaster at 9.56 am for Sheffield where we arrived 11 am.  On Gate Guard 2pm – 6 pm.  Stables Picket at 6 pm.

Thursday 18th March 1915:     Stable Picket at Glossop Rd.  Monotonous job.  Rose at 4.20 am & had stables thoroughly cleaned by 6.15.  Nothing special happened.

Friday 19th March 1915:         Gate Guard.  Rose at 5.20 am.  Reveille 6.  Baths in morning 9.10.  Received large parcel from home.

Saturday 20th March 1915:     Stable Picket.  Rose at 4.55 am.  Received pcl from Miss Whitaker.  Gate Picket at night.

Sunday 21st March 1915:        Gate Picket.  Boy Scouts meeting in Barracks.  1st night off since leaving Doncaster.

Monday 22nd March 1915:      G.O.C. R.A. inspects Column, Billets & Stables.  Exercising horses in afternoon.  Stable Picket at 6.

Tuesday 23rd March 1915:      Stable Picket.  Whitewashed stables.  Took all day.  Dead tired.  Gate Picket at 6 pm.

Wednesday 24th March 1915: Gate Picket.  Nothing happened out of ordinary.  Night off at last!!!!  Cinema House Café with T.O.B. & Groth.

Thursday 25th March 1915:     Exercising horses.  Rifle shooting at Mid. Rly. Sheff. Club.  Stable Picket at night.

Friday 26th March 1915:         Exercising horses in morning. X Under arrest & brought before Lieut Fairburn.  Let off.  Lecture on Map reading 5 – 7.30.

Saturday 27th March 1915:     Exercising horses in morning.  Lecture 12 – 1.  Stables 3.45 – 5.  Gate Picket 6 pm.

X N.B.  Sergt Maj. Cavanagh & Sergt Hird reported me for supposed “neglect of duty” viz: – Not giving reveille till 6.10 am on Thurs morning.  Absolute lie.  Hence verdict & 4days leave.

Ben Rhydding – Scarboro.

Sunday 28th March 1915:        Gate Picket with Forster, Butler & Lupton.  Reading all day with Billy Groth, who has returned from Hospital.

Monday 29th March 1915:      Stable Picket relieving Br. Smith in morning.  Rifle Range in afternoon.  Passed 1st & 2nd tests.  Came home on 4 days leave.  Left Sheff 7.5 Ben R 10.26 pm.

Tuesday 30th March 1915:      Went to I.G.S. & saw G****.  Sang School Holiday Hymn & was given 3 cheers by scholars.  Pleasant morning.  Played golf with Dad & Miss Whitaker.

Wednesday 31st March 1915:             Went to Scarboro’ for the day.  Left Ben R 7.38 arrived Scarboro’ 11.14.  Saw Grandma  & Auntie.  Saw effects of German Bombardment of Dec 16 1914. Rough Sea.  Ripping day.  Left 5.55. Home 9 PM.