Diaries; 1st – 6th November, 1914.

Sunday 1st November: Ypres

Still the same, our troops holding onto their positions. We had to stop taking in wounded for a few hours today as we were packed to the door having over 700 in at the one time. We could not take any more in till the Ambulance Cars came in the afternoon and took 400 away then we started to take more in. We are all nearly off our legs but we had to go out and bring in more tonight getting back about 4am.

Monday 2nd November: Ypres

While out last night bringing in the wounded we came across a great many dead beside our reserve trenches and they don’t half stink. Nobody seems to have time to bury them just now. The Motor Ambulance Cars have been working very hard and we have got rid of a great many of our wounded but more are still coming in.

Lady Dorothy Fielding is doing good work bringing in a great many wounded from 400 yards behind the trenches to our hospital which is always under shell fire. If we only had more cars like hers we would get the wounded in quicker but we have to depend on the Horse Ambulances to bring them from the firing line to our hospital. Her car was stopped by a General for going to near to the firing line and before that when her driver told her he thought she was going to near she said: “be a man.”

We had a fleet of German aeroplanes over here today, 6 this morning and 4 this afternoon. We were out again tonight till 2am.

Tuesday 3rd November: Ypres

The fighting is still going on as hard as ever the Germans are still holding on but losing a terrible lot of men. We have had about 1000 wounded a day through our hands this last 5 days. The wounded we brought in last night were mostly Black Watch my old regiment. We had some narrow escapes while getting them in but got back alright.

Wednesday 4th November: Ypres

Our troops had to retire about 1000 yards last night as there were so many dead in the first line of trenches and the Germans are still attacking every now and then.

We had an extra narrow escape last night when getting the wounded out of the wood, a shell burst alongside us but owing to the soft ground none of us were hit though we were covered with mud and the fumes nearly choked us.

When we were coming back our Officer was talking to another Officer when the other officer was wounded and then another 2 men were bowled over in front of us. It was extra hot last night but our luck was in.

The A.S.C. drivers were in the trenches last night as we have no reserves left. Shells are still dropping around our hospital but a great many are going over our heads into the town.

Thursday 5th November: Ypres

Things are a bit quieter today though shells are still coming over we are getting less wounded. We did not bring in many last night. We had reinforcements to our Ambulance today, 30 men one of them being McGill who was wounded at the battle of the Aisne at Chivy. He had been away from us for 7 weeks and is alright again. It is like 7 years to me.

We got all the news of Home from him. We were out again tonight.

Friday 6th November: Ypres

The Germans are now shelling the town of Ypres and the shells are passing over our heads like railway trains and burst with a terrible crash in the town. They must be big shells as they make a terrible noise and do a terrible amount of damage. All the civilians are leaving hurriedly. We were out again last night.

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