War Diary of AA Laporte Payne Sept 1918
Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda
September 3, 1918
It has been nothing but a series of lectures lately. I had to go on a “tactical scream” this morning. But I went to the Winter Gardens this evening. Yesterday I went to see “Nothing but the Truth”.
I have less than three weeks here now, thank goodness. I must now get a move on. One can have too much of this sort of thing.
Sunday, September, 8, 1918
On Friday I went to a good cricket match. Tennyson, Gillingham, Hobbs, Wooley, Hardinge, Fender, Mead, Poyntz were playing. On Thursday I saw Maude Allen, whom I thought very bad.
We shall soon have winter upon us now. It is going to be a very bad one for everybody, I am afraid; but worst of all for the Boche.
What excellent news from the front! French leadership and British tommies seem to make a good combination.
Sunday September 15, 1918.
News is splendid from the front; but I do not like the Peace proposals. I am afraid we shall be weak.
I have heard from the old Brigade, and seen Amour. They have had a very bad time. Everyone in the gun line got gassed, I am sorry to say.
What an age I have been here; it is about time I went back.
September 27, 1918.
My board is over and I have at last got leave and then G.S., France. I hope to go home tomorrow. as in hospital.