Diaries; 26th – 31 March, 1916.

Sunday 26th March: Proven

Still here and nothing doing.

Monday 27th March: Proven

We have just heard that the 20th Division have taken two lines of trenches on the right of Ypres at St. Elio.

Tuesday 28th March: Proven

The Artillery are very lively about Ypres by the sound of the guns from here.

Wednesday 29th March: Proven

A heavy bombardment on by the noise of the guns.

Thursday 30th March: Proven

The German Artillery shelled the Guard’s trenches all day causing a great amount of casualties mostly of the 1st Scotch Guards.

Friday 31st March: Proven

We have taken into our Hospital and Rest Camp a great amount of the Guards suffering from shell shock and slight wounds. The serious wounded are sent down the line to the base.


Diaries; 19th – 25th March, 1916.

Sunday 19th March: Proven

We are going to have a safe and easy time here, only sick to look after and to improve the place.

Monday 20th March: Proven

The 6th Division have been running this place before us and it was the 6th the Guards relieved and they have now gone down to Calais for a rest.

Tuesday 21st March: Proven

There is going to be nothing to write about here as it is the same work day after day, very uninteresting but very safe.

Wednesday 22nd March: Proven

Still the same.

Thursday 23rd March: Proven

We had a change in the weather last night, snow was falling heavily and still falling today.

Friday 24th March: Proven

The snow is clearing away and the weather is improving again.

Saturday 25th March: Proven

Weather good. A good deal of sick came in today.

Diaries; 12th – 18th March, 1916.

Sunday 12th March: Calais

We witnessed a very good football match between the 1st Scotch Guards and the 3rd Coldstreams which ended in a 0-0 draw after extra time had been played.

Monday 13th March: Calais

The weather here has improved a good bit. The Scotch Guards beat the Coldstreams today 2-1. In the afternoon our C.O. took us round the bake-house at Calais, where the bread is made for the troops, it is a wonderful sight.

Tuesday 14th March: Calais

We had a very severe thunderstorm over here last and it has been very misty all day. The Scotch Guards beat the Grenadiers in the final for the Calais Cup 1-0.

Wednesday 15th March: Calais

We leave here tonight and have been packing up all day. We left at 9.45pm and marched to the station outside Calais where we entrained.

Thursday 16th March: Calais/Cassel/ Winnezeele

The train steamed off at 2am and arrived at our destination Cassel at 6am. After
disembarking we marched to the village of Winnezeele where we billeted in a barn for the night. The weather is splendid.

Friday 17th March: Winnezeele/ Proven (Belgium)

We marched off from Winnezeele at 10am and marched on till we came to the village of Proven where we took over a Hospital and rest camp for the sick from No. 9 Field Ambulance. We marched 15kms today and for the third time in this war, we have marched into Belgium.

Saturday 18th March: Proven

We are to be here for some time are going to run this place for the sick of the Division. The other two Ambulances of the Division are going to look after the wounded. This village of Proven is only a few miles in Belgium and is only a small place about 10 miles from the nearest point of the firing line. One good thing about this place-everything is cheaper here than in France. The weather these last few days has been splendid.

Diaries; 5th – 11th March, 1916.

Sunday 5th March: Calais

Weather fair but dull. The 1st Brigade leave here today and tomorrow the 2nd Brigade will be taking their place.

Monday 6th March: Calais

Weather again dull but dry, some of the 2nd Brigade arrived here. One of our Ambulance has died of pneumonia in the hospital at Calais where a great many had gone sick.

Tuesday 7th March: Calais

Another snow storm is on today and the snow is lying over a foot deep, fine weather to be under canvas.

Wednesday 8th March: Calais

The snow is clearing away but it is still very cold at night. We gave the chap who died a military funeral today.

Thursday 9th March: Calais

We had a better day here today though it is still cold. I had a chat with a few of the Kingston Boys who are in the 1st Scotch Guards.

Friday 10th March: Calais

Another bombing accident happened here today; the 3rd Grenadiers were practising bomb throwing when one burst killing 3 and wounding 21.

Saturday 11th March: Calais

Five more of the men wounded here yesterday have died. The weather has improved.

Diaries; 1st – 4th March, 1916.

Wednesday 1st March: Calais

A wet and miserable morning but it brightened up in the afternoon and we were able to get a route march to stretch our legs.

Thursday 2nd March: Calais

A better day, more route marching and physical drill.

Friday 3rd March: Calais

Another day of rain. The Irish Guards were practising bomb throwing in the forenoon when the “Padre” dropped one which killed Lord Fitzgerald, wounded the Padre and three other Officers and one Private.

Saturday 4th March: Calais

A better day, route marching and parades.