War Diary of AA Laporte Payne Feb 1919
Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda
R.P February 8 1919.
155 Army Brigade R.F.A.
The above is my address. I have managed to get to Colonel Congreve’s Brigade, and at present I am commanding A Battery, but later I may go to C Battery. I took three days on the journey here, and it was cold! Now we have hard frosts and snow. The Colonel is in bed ill, and is probably going away on leave soon.
February 13 1919
I am expecting orders to go to the 3rd Division in Germany as the Colonel has recommended me as a battery commander in the Army of Occupation. This Brigade is being demobilized and the Colonel goes home on a month’s furlough.
It is a bit too cold here. Everything is frozen hard.
We are going out pig sticking on Saturday, which promises to be rather amusing. It is rather a shoot in the French manner, as the French here get them up, and go out armed with guns, knives, swords, revolvers, and trumpets.
February 21 1919
I am still with the 155, Brigade, but expect to leave at any time. I have been told to hold myself in readiness.
This unit is gradually being demobilized. Horses and men trickle away slowly but surely. Today we handed in the guns and ammunition wagons. Life her is very dull, and it is sad to see the unit being broken up. Next Saturday there is to be a real pig-sticking with the men as beaters.
February 26 1919
Just a visit to Amiens.