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.

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