The Diary of Major H G Paris
Royal Garrison Artillery
13 October -
21 October -
11 November -
12 December -
22 December -
27 December -
35th Heavy Battery R.G.A. (aged 27 at time of writing)
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 11th
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18th
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21st
March continued via St. Jean, north of Ypres, Vlamertinghe - Poperinghe. Halt for breakfast at Poperinghe. March continued via Askele - Godewaerevelde - Fletre. Battery reached Fletre and went into billets in farm half a mile north west of village. (D subsection gun did not reach billet but stayed for night near Eeck, having gone by a different route. Came in next morning).
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22nd
MONDAY NOVEMBER 23rd
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24th to MONDAY NOVEMBER 30th
MONDAY NOVEMBER 30th - SATURDAY DECEMBER 5th
SUNDAY DECEMBER 6th - THURSDAY DECEMBER 10th
FRIDAY DECEMBER 11th
Quite a long column. We marched through Meteren and Bailleue and by main Armentieres road and then Steenwerck road, halting about « mile from Neuve Eglise while O.C. reconnoitred position. About midday we moved on through Neuve Eglise turning sharp left in the village and up a narrow muddy road. We had to cut down a lot of wood and try and fill in a ditch to get into the field which was already a sea of mud.
First gun went in well over the axles and we stood knee deep in mud, hauling it through. To keep us cheerful, it started to rain. My two guns were put in position along one edge of field and right section about 400 yards away. Left section just ready by dark.
After dark a guard was left over the guns and battery marched into billets at Neuve Eglise. The men were very comfortable, it being the first time they had all been in actual living houses - as a rule having been in barns and outhouses. The inhabitants did them very well and I'm glad to say spoke very well of their behaviour when we left. Officers in two neighbouring houses which had been deserted by their owners.
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