WAR DIARY of AA Laporte Payne 3 April 1917
Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda
April 3, 1917.
I may be able to get leave next week. If I don’t get away then I don’t know when I shall be able to do so, as leave will soon be stopped. The weather is still abominable, thick snow yesterday. We have to get our leave warrants from Corps, and the Colonel signed mine last night.
I am just off to the line to observe for a bombardment and I am keeping two officers waiting for me, and I have only half an hour left to get down there. We had a gas alarm last night, but it was a false one.
A.A. Laporte Payne letter 3 April 1917.
April 3rd 1917
Thank you so very much for your two letters and the box of cigarettes all of which are delightful. I thought of your kisses with each one I smoked. Perhaps if the gods are kind I may have them in reality in a short while – provided of course if you will let me. I may be able to get away sometime next week – about the middle – if I don’t get away then I shan’t be able to get away at all. Don’t let anyone know – not even my people as of course, it may not come off. But I have to tell you as with everything else.
At any rate April 16th to the end is quite impossible I am so sorry your temper has not been good lately; you must not get like that. Think of what I shall feel like if you are unkind on my leave.
You seem to be having a good time in town. It will be delicious to have some civilization again, and some time with you after all these months.
Thank you – so you think that my arrival on April 1st would have made you an April fool!
The weather is still awful. Thick snow yesterday. It must clear up if I get away on leave.
I hope you & all are keeping well. I am quite fit only a bit anxious in case I don’t get my leave. We have to get our leave from Corps and the Colonel signed it last night.
I am just off to the line to observe for a bombardment and I am keeping two officers waiting for me, and I have only half an hour left to get down there, but I had to write & let you know that I am still thinking & longing for you & hoping for leave.
We had a gas alarm last night but it was a false one. There was quite a fuss for a time.
Au revoir, darling,
Ever yours with love & kisses.
SECRET COPY NO.
VIMY 36c S.W.
9TH CANADIAN ARTILLERY BRIGADE
Operation Order No 58
Lieut. Col. H.G. Carscallen Commanding
INFORMATION 1. The 52nd Battalion will carry out two simultaneous raids on the morning of the 4th instant.
The first (one officer and 22 Other Ranks) will enter enemy front line between B.4 and B.5. Craters (A.4.a.66.85) and remain ten minutes.
Second party (one officer and 22 Other Ranks) will enter enemy front line at S.28.a.60.25 and remain ten minutes.
ARTILLERY 2. CARSCALLEN’S GROUP will assist the raid in accordance with Barrage Table attached.
ZERO 3. Zero hour will be 4.00 a.m. the 4th instant.
SYNCHRONIZATION 4. Watches will be synchronised with L.O. (Captain Cook) at one hour before Zero.
POSTPONEMENT CODE 5. Should it be necessary to postpone raids, telephone code will be “NO SUNLIGHT TODAY” and Zero hour will be 4 a.m. 5th instant.
Comdg CARSCALLEN’S GROUP
Issued at 10.50 p.m.
TO: All Batteries