War Diary of AA Laporte Payne July 1918
Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda
Sunday July 7 1918.
Today I am feeling better than I have done during the past few days. I had a return of my head trouble, but today after a good blow on the sea I am more inclined to sit up and take notice. I went out in a sailing boat with two other fellows had lunch at Sandbanks and tea at Branksome Chine, followed by a sail round Bournemouth pier, and so home to the Sailing Club pier at Poole. I was allowed to go on this trip if I did not exert myself at all.
I hope to have a medical board this week. They may give me three weeks leave and then G.S. again.
There have been several changes at the hospital. The pleasant matron has gone, and the old one is back again. There are to be lectures for 1 hour and a half each morning. Everyone is very angry.
It was very hot yesterday, and it seemed to make my head worse. I am not allowed to bathe.
July 12, 1918.
To day I am actually being allowed out to dinner, but I have been warned that if I return the worse for it I shall not be allowed out again. I still spend most of my time sleeping and reading, very unexciting though pleasant.
My board I hope is tomorrow. As soon as I get away from this asylum I shall get three weeks leave, and I am looking forward to it very much.
July 17, 1918
I have no news of a board yet. It is all very uncertain. So the fresh push in France has started. I was told about it before anyone else in England. At 4 a.m. the morning it started!!
R.P. The Mount, Parkstone.
July 23 1918
Yesterday morning I spent in the Police Station. The enclosed cutting explains.
There is no sign of a board yet. It may come this week. The doctor is, I think, putting it off as he says I am not yet fit. I had a rather bad Saturday and Sunday, as my ear hurt a bit, but it is much better now, I am glad to say.