War Diary of AA Laporte Payne Jan 1915

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne

 

Extracted from

 

Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda & Correspondence

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1915

 

January 10 1915

R.P.

“Today I am Brigade Orderly Officer, so I have to sleep in Officer’s Quarters as the other officers in the Battery are away I am extra busy.  The weather is dreadful here.

I have seen Dick Pelly, who is Chaplain here. Influenza is rampant here.  According to the doctors one in five have the complaint.  We shall be a very small army if the Germans land on the coast.

 

The other morning I had to get up at 4.30 am to see two lots of men off at the station on leave. It meant riding to and from the station four times.

 

I hear that our Brigade is to go into huts at Reed Hall, two miles out of the town, probably at the end of this month.

 

There are rumours tonight of air ships over London.  I hope it is not true for your sake.

 

We are hoping to get our new guns soon. It is about time too.  Then it will seem more like business.  We have a lot of new Canadian horses, but they are not exactly pleasant rides.

 

January 19 1915

R.P.

Maldon House

Wellesley Road,

Colchester.

 

“One day last week I motored to Clacton for dinner.  The place was in complete darkness.  It was most strange.  There were no lights showing at all.  Now I have a bad cold.

 

On Sunday morning I motored up to town to see some men off to the Front, and when I got back I was bundled off to bed, and no less three doctors came to see me. I slept all day yesterday, and now my temperature is normal.  I hope to be out again tomorrow.  Dick Pelly has been in to see me tonight, and yesterday my visitors were the three doctors.  It is lucky we have not to pay for their visits.  My host and hostess are looking after me very well indeed.

 

Monday January 25 1915.

R.P.

“Last night saw me back in Colchester.  One officer is away at Shoeburyness on a course, and one officer has left us altogether, so we are shorthanded.

 

Tomorrow Capt Farmer and another officer and myself will be away all day on a Reconnaissance Ride. The mud here is worse than ever.

 

Give my kind regards to Amy Mac when she turns up.

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Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Jan 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Jan 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Sheffield.

Friday 1st January 1915:          Signalling in morning.  ½ day holiday.

Saturday 2nd January 1915:     Signalling.

Sunday 3rd January 1915:        Church parade.

Monday 4th January 1915:      Signalling.

Tuesday 5th January 1915:     Field day near Dore & Totleys.  Raining whole day.  Caught a chill.

Wednesday 6th January 1915: Physical Drill & Signalling.

Thursday 7th January 1915:     Started with a Bronchial Cold.  Went to bed at 6 pm.

Friday 8th January 1915:         Saw Surgeon Lieut Wood.  Obtained medicine & went to bed.

Saturday 9th January 1915:     Confined to bed.

Sunday 10th January 1915:      In bed.

Monday 11th January 1915:    In Bed.

Tuesday 12th January 1915:    In bed.

Wednesday 13th January 1915: In bed.  Got up a little & went out for 2 hours to get fresh air.

Thursday 14th January 1915:   Still confined to bed.

Friday 15th January 1915:       At last, able to go out.  Went a short walk in             morning & went on duty once more in the afternoon.

Saturday 16th January 1915:   Signalling in the Drill Hall all morning.  Father & Mother, & Arnold (from Dorchester) over for ½ day.  Very happy day spent.  1st fine day for a long time.

Sunday 17th January 1915:      Church Parade at St Barnabas Ch.  Went walk in aft. with Eric Hampshire round Norfolk Park. Went to Cathedral at night & then walk by Cobner Rd. (Wood seats) & Derbyshire Lane.

Monday 18th January 1915:    Signalling all day.  Went to “Robinson Crusoe.”

Tuesday 19th January 1915:    Field Day near Dore & Totley.

Wednesday 20th January 1915: Signalling.

Thursday 21st January 1915:   Signalling.

Friday 22nd January 1915:       Signalling.  Inoculated (1st dose).  No effects except stiff arm.

Saturday 23rd January 1915:   Signalling in morn.  Went to see Sheff Wed (2) v Liverpool (1).

N.B.  Inoculation is nothing as regards after effects.  Only felt a stiff shoulder & arm, 6 hours afterwards.

Sunday 24th January 1915:      Stable Picket all day.

Monday 25th January 1915:    Signalling.

Tuesday 26th January 1915:    In bed, bad throat.

Wednesday 27th January 1915: In bed, bad throat.

Thursday 28th January 1915:   In bed bad throat.

Friday 29th January 1915:       Signalling.

Saturday 30th January 1915:   Went to Ben R for ½ day.  Left Sheff 1-52 arr Ben R 3- 43. Left Ben R 6-18 Sheff arr 8-53. Absolutely ripping to see home once more.  Had 3 good meals.  Saw all at home.

Salisbury Plain.

Sunday 31st January 1915:      Ripping views of St Paul’s, Thames & Underground Rlys.  Travelled from Sheffield to Amesbury, Salisbury Plain, via London G.N.R.  9.45 – 9.15 pm.  Tramped 9 miles till 12-30.  mud awful.

G G Hammond letter 24 Jan 15

P/e G.G. Hammond 3142

D Compy 1st Res 7th Mc/r Bat

3 Balls Place

Southport

24-1-15

 

Dear Father & Mother,

I received the cigarettes alright & shall give them to Arthur today.  I have just come of the church parade, it is a glorious morning.  I was inoculated on Wednesday morning about 11 o’clock so our 48 hours did not expire until yesterday morning, this is only the 2nd parade I have done this week, it is a gentleman’s life.  You will see that I am now in D Company as there are only 4 platoons in a company A & F companies were joined together.  The old men in A company have been separated amongst the F compy men so I have managed to get with Burgess.  We have our old officer who is very decent but the NCOs are rotten, men with no more service in than myself acting as corporals &c.  They are all out of F company, still we are getting along very nicely.  I look an awful nut in my riding breeches.  You might send that writing pad along with the envelopes P.C. & my photographs.

I have got a fine billet.  Just 3 of us in one house, it did not look very inviting from outside but it is quite a palace.  I have a large double bed to myself, dressing table with drawers in it, we have the front room upstairs & downstairs.  Ashman & myself sleep (together) in the same room & Lance Corporal Crossley has a room to himself.  We had eggs & bacon for breakfast this morning.  I was up at Mrs Protheroe’s last night & I am going to Spencer’s to dinner & then we are going to Preston in the car.  I don’t see much of Boon now he is in a different coy & our billets are not near together.  We have a fine time in our billet.  The 6th Mc/r’s were billeted here before us & their picket never came down our entry so we thought ours would not.  However last night we went & sat in the kitchen & put the light out in the front room, we were sat down having a cup of coffee (we have a cup of coffee at night now) when the corporal who had been to report all in came rushing in & told us to get in the pantry.  Off we dashed, I had one shoe & one puttee on & Ashman had his stockings off.  We were called out in about 5 mins, it seems that one silly fool a little higher up had been sat in the front room with the light full on, the picket came down & caught him, Crossley rushed down to our billet & warned us in time.  I don’t think he would have caught us because our light was out in the front.  They have just been in & taken our belts off us & several chaps were told to get their hair cut the other day.  We paraded with our kit bags so they could see if they were marked correctly, & I heard we were going to the south of England in a few weeks, another rumour.  My inoculation now is quite better.  I have not written to Fred yet, but will do soon.  I don’t know is you are aware that Harding the tobacconist sells some very nice Turkish cigarettes of his own make at ** per oz.  I have nearly got rid of the 13/8 I had over the ££ with having to buy these knickers & as I don’t want to break into the 2£ I shall be delighted to receive the present next week.  How is Ma getting on I suppose she is getting quite giddy or is she still very poorly.  Tell Gladys to let me know when she gets the results, I am glad she has got a nice pair of gloves.  We had a big inspection on (Monday) Tuesday by Sir Reg Pole Carew one of the military nuts he said he was delighted with our appearance.  We have started to do more work now it is about time.  I have not started with night classes yet as it will not be worth while if we get a move.  Did you see me fall when I was running for the car on Monday night I slipped as I was running round the corner & my kit bag flew about a mile away, when I got there the car was going the other way.  I caught a train at 7-10 which was really due out at 10 to seven, but it was late so I had bags of time.  All the men who were in the same billet as myself are billeted in this road so we still keep together.  I shall have to draw to a close in a minute as I have to get my swank togs on to dash off to Spencers.

There is only one drawback to this billet there is no bath so we have to go to the public baths & we have to wait an awful time.  Burgess is a bit down in the mouth today, he was invited to go to Preston 8 the army wants him to do a guard so he will be looking after prisoners until 9-30 tomorrow morning.  I have started to sign my photographs (don’t forget those things I left there in a hurry I think).  Yours till hell freezes.  It is how all the 7th sign their photographs.

Well I must knock off now

With love George

Had a letter from Aunt Martha Ann, shall reply in a day or so.  G