WAR DIARY of AA Laporte Payne 14 March 1917
Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda
R.P. March 14, 1917.
I hear that Reg is in Feance, but does not know where he is going yet. You will miss him I know, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing that both your sons are out here doing what they can. We hope the war will soon be over, perhaps this year, and then we shall come back all the better for the experience.
All leave has been stopped for us, and I am aftaid that means for sometime. It is very annoying, but I hope we shall all be back home again this summer.
It is fine here now, but a little colder. I was away for two days, and have just returned. I went into Belgium. The country is very flat and muddy.
I do not suppose we shall be very long in this place. There will be no more settling down this year. I shall be very glad as long as we get a move on at last.
The Boche still seems to be going back on the Somme. I wonder how far he will go. We seem to have been caught napping rather badly.
I do not want to move into dug-outs until the weather gets warmer, but we cannot be much longer here.