War Diary of AA Laporte Payne Sept 1918

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.


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