Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen
Monday 15th. Orderly made good fire at 8 a.m. & we were able to toast the brown bread which improved it greatly – coffee at breakfast had same taste as stew, so drank lemonade. Orderly brought 5 slices of white bread at 2 marks a slice! Couldn’t produce biscuits from Red Cross – towels, soft soap, & handkerchiefs. Informed that self Berney-Ficklin & Drummond are going this afternoon with escort of an officer by 2 p.m. train. Remainder evidently go together 30 British & 20 Portuguese officers. Martin left about 12.30 p.m. Barber came & shaved us all. Feel more like gentleman today. Left Lille at 2.10 p.m. passed Orchies, St. Amand – Valenciennes (4.15 p.m.) Aulnoye (6.25 p.m.) where we halted till 10.30 p.m. All huddled up in a waiting room which luckily had a fire and we were able to get a glass of beer!
At 10.30 p.m. started again in a 2nd class carriage & had a cold dark journey to Charleville (3.40 a.m.)