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.

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