War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 6 Jan 1918
Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda
R.P. January 6 1918.
We are at present living in the midst of snow, and it is mighty cold. I had no idea the plains of Italy could be so cold, even in the north.
The Commander-in-Chief was to have inspected us yesterday, but as it snowed so hard he did not turn up. But the whole wretched battery turned out with the rest of the Brigade. The men and horses looked well, and it was a great pity he did not turn up.
I have lost two good horses this week owing to kicks, one with a broken leg and another with a fractured jaw. It is most unfortunate.
Leave from Italy has started, but at the rate it is going I may get my turn on the list within – don’t get excited – the next seven years!
I am glad to say that the Colonel has at last got a well earned and much too long delayed honour, a D.S.O. But unfortunately for him he is never very popular with the staff. (CP)