Hot & dry. Leave Winnezeele at 9:30 am via Oudezeele Ledinghem & to Esquelbecq . Arr: at station 3:30 PM. To Conteville near Amiens by way of Calais. (Left Esq 9 @ 4:30 PM) Boulogne. Arrive at 2:30 am. March to Cramont – 3 miles & stay up till Sunday. The Brigade & Regiment move off at 8 am & leave me behind in the school with the schoolmaster to make a map of the trenches NOT a word of English is spoken in the village. What a predicament? Finish one plan & Pte Llewellyn calls for it on a motorcycle at 8 PM. He takes my rifle and pack sack back with him. I arrange to stay the night with the instituter (school master) at the village school. Delightful bed & breakfast.
Leave Poperinghe at 6:18 am, arrive @ Boulogne 1:30. Boat (Victoria) does not leave until 4 PM. Go into Boulogne & have dinner. Back to boat and arrive at Folkestone 5:45.
Train for London leaves @ 6 PM arrive London @ 8:10 PM. Catch train for Stafford @ 8:50, arr Stafford @ 12 midnight.
At 2:30 am dress for departure. Await transport in Locre. Leave Locre 4:40 AM, arrive Bailleul 5:15, leave 5:30 AM, arr. Boulogne 10:15 am, leave Boulogne 12:15, arr. Folkestone, 1:30 PM, depart. Folkestone 2 PM, arr. Victoria [station] 5 PM, leave St Pancras [station] 6, arr. Leicester 7:55 go to aunt Louise & stay night.
At 9 o’clock we are again put in motor wagons and conveyed to the Hospital train bound for Boulogne and Rouen. We come down to the base hospital in 1st Class Sleeping carriages. Good attention is shown us at Boulogne by English ladies who give chocolate, fruit and cigarettes. No French sympathy shown throughout but expect this is on account of having troubles of their own. Travel all night but no sleep.