War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 4 Mar 1918

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 4 Mar 1918




Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda



March 4 1918


Once again I have returned to my battery after a few days away on a job, which has all gone to the winds and for nothing owing to the sudden change in the weather and the heavy rains we have just had. However it is childish to be annoyed.  I have been attached to another battery, which I do not like.


What do you think of the Wimbush prosecution? I saw an account in the Times.  Well!  I suppose some people are like that, always thinking of their beastly skin or the inside of it.  I see Gilbert Frankau has been invalided out of the Gunners.  Now he will be able to spend his whole time writing, and not doing it in Government’s time.


What a censor! The two latest absurdities, prosecuting Gwynne.  So they cut off the names of places on my Rome post-cards, which were probably printed in Bavaria!  As if any intelligent person could not recognise the views on the cards.  But I suppose they must do something to justify their existence.  But there are too many of them at it, instead of using a shovel in the front line.


It is comparatively easy to get leave in Italy, but most difficult to obtain a warrant for home and all that it means.  Only the staff can get that.