War Diary of AA Laporte Payne Nov 1918
Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda
November 11, 1918
R.A. Mess, Woolwich.
The irony of Fate! As I left the medical board this morning, having been passed fit for G.S. overseas, I heard the bells going for the signing of the Armistice. Woolwich went mad, but I did not.
I rushed up to town to the War House, but the “dug-ins” were taking a holiday, and no one was there.
I had only an hour in town as I am on duty here.
Further movements I know not.
So war is no more.
And it is raining fast here.
Sunday November 17, 1918.
I had to take Church Parade her this morning. Only a small party! A thousand men and the R.A. Band! The General was on parade, and distributed medals, after which ceremony we marched to the Garrison Church to return thanks for peace. It was horribly chilly on parade.
Thanks to the unrestrained merriment of civilians, all officers and men have been confined to barracks, and no leave granted. Such is the way troops are treated; but we must expect that now the war is over.
I do not know when I shall get away from here. All sailings to France have been cancelled. I have been down here a week but it seems ages. The major who followed me in “C” Battery is here after recovering from gas in hospital.