War Diary of AA Laporte Payne June 1918

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne June 1918




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



R.P.   June 1st 1918

Base Hospital,



No doubt you will have had a wire from the War Office, and my Post Card will also have told you that I have been wounded. But do not get alarmed.  It is only very slight – mere scratches, and I hope to be alright in a day or two and back again with the Brigade.


It is most annoying, as I was in command of C Battery at the time, and was in for my majority again – a certainty this time – and then along comes a beastly old shell and sends me off to hospital. Well!  I suppose I must be very thankful that I have lasted so long.


We have just arrived here after a day in an ambulance train, which was very wearisome.


June the first, 1918.

Base Hospital



Forgive my delay in writing. I have just arrived at a Base hospital after a wearisome journey of a day in an ambulance train and long days at a C.C.S.  It is better here.  I was wounded but slightly, and I hope to be back with the Brigade again in a day or two.  My luck had been dead out, perhaps it may improve someday.  But I suppose I should not grumble as I have got what the troops call a “Blighty one”, or so I am given to understand it may prove to be such.  But I am sorry to leave the Brigade just now, even for a short time.


Forgive this scrawl. I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather.



1, June 1918

War Office

O.H.M.S.                                12.59 p.m.                   2.23 p.m.


To Rev. Laporte Payne

Christchurch Vicarage,

North Finchley, N.


Capt. A.A. Laporte Payne, R.F.A., 175 Bde admitted No 6 Stationary Hospital France. Shell wound, face and left hand, slight.


Secretary, War Office.




O.H.M.S.                                                        4 June 1918

2.5, p.m.             3.38 p.m.


To Rev. Laporte Payne

Christchurch Vicarage,

  1. Finchley, N.


Capt. A.A. Laporte Payne, R.F.A., 175 Bde., transferred to No 8 General Hospital, Rouen.  Diagnosis now reported gun shot wounds, hips and concussion, slight.


Secretary War Office.


June 5 1918

Lady Carnarvon’s Hospital for Officers

48, Bryanston Square,

  1. 1.


You will be surprised to see the above address. I have just arrived after three days on the journey.  I am quite alright really, and hope to be up soon.  It seems strange to be back in London again after all these months and long wanderings, and under these stupid conditions too.


June 9 1918.


No verdict yet.


R.P. June 7, 1918

Lady Carnarvon’s Hospital for Officers

48, Bryanston Square,

  1. 1.


So sorry to keep you so long without news. I am much better, and hope to get up tomorrow, but I shall not be allowed to leave here yet.


My injuries are really very slight and nothing to worry about.



The Mount,

Red Cross Aux. Hospital,



June 21, 1918

I arrived here this evening after a good journey.


June 21 1918.

The Mount,

Red Cross Aux. Hospital,

Parkstone, Dorset.


I arrived this evening. There is a lovely view from the front of the house over Poole Harbour.


There are many restrictions. We are treated like school children.  Temporary gentlemen must be under strict supervision, and regulations and made accordingly.  It is strange after the responsibility of the front and the freedom of a battery commander to be under petticoat government.  We are allowed to wear mufti, but not in Bournemouth.  We must be recognised for what we are.  So we are less likely to contaminate the civilians.  I should have spelled the word with a capital “C”.  Dinner is just ready, and I must not be late or I shall be fined.


June 23 1918

The Mount, Parkstone.


I have not been out yet, as the doctor will not let me. He says a lot of silly things about being in bed and keeping quiet, so perforce I have to obey orders.  When I am up I have to spend the whole time lying on a couch in the conservatory.  It is rather boring, but it might be worse.  As I am not allowed about I can enjoy the view and my books.


R.P.                                                                                                                 The Mount

June 25 1918


I am having a very quiet time here doing absolutely nothing. I have to lie about all day, so I have not been out yet.  The doctor sees me every day.  I am glad to say that my headache which has been continuous is better and I am feeling much stronger.


There are about twenty wounded officers here, and the staff consists of a matron, four V.A.Ds and the usual staff of servants. There is a good view over Poole harbour from the front of the house.


June 26 1918

The Mount


We have a new matron. She is quite a delightful person, and is most good to us.  She arrived yesterday, and is quite a different person to the last, but she has spent most of her time in France, and it makes all the difference.


I am feeling much better, and my silly old head is really nearly alright now. It seems ages since I left France.  The time has gone so slowly.  Some of the fellows here are most amusing, but I do not care for the V.A.Ds, they are so different from the Hospital sisters in France.


Sunday June 30 1918


Yesterday I went to a Fete in Poole Park in aid of the Soldiers’ Comfort Fund.  I was only allowed to go in a car.  It would be amusing if it were not so annoying to be so rigidly restrained from doing what I want to do.  I am only allowed out occasionally in a car.  We have F.E. Smith’s nephew here.  He is in the Guards, and has been ragged considerably because his photo appeared in the Mirror this week.  When it was seen a large number of copies were bought and hung up all over the place, much to his annoyance.

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