Saturday 25th December: Epinette
I was on duty all night here and it was raining but everything was quiet till just about 1am Christmas morning when every British gun around here fired 21 rounds each. It was a great sight the flash and roar of the guns but it gradually died down.
At day-break, the Guards went over the top and held a truce with the Germans against orders, so our artillery opened fire on the lot. That was the only way they could stop the truce.
I went up to the Coldstream Guards trenches and had a look over the top. No firing was going on except from the artillery who kept on firing nearly all day but the German artillery was not quiet, for just as we sat down to our Christmas dinner they dropped a shell into the house next to ours wounding one of the Irish Guards. Then they dropped shell all around our billet but luckily none came through our billet.
We had a good Christmas dinner under fire and seven wounded; a fairly lively day for Christmas.
Sunday 26th December: Epinette
The Germans sent over a few shell around here last night and have done the same today. It is getting very lively; they will be putting one through our billet yet. We can’t always be lucky.
Monday 27th December: Epinette
Things were very quiet till about dinner time when the Germans started to drop a few shell around here. One dropped just inside the door of our Advance Dressing Station wounding one of our Bearers and one of the 131st Field Ambulance who had just joined us for instructions. The Germans continued to drop shell near us all afternoon then it quietened down.
Tuesday 28th December: Epinette
Had it fairly quiet till about mid-day when the Germans started to shell around here again. They did no damage but kept us lively for about three hours. When it quietened down we had to work hard building sandbags around the building.
Wednesday 29th December: Epinette
Again quiet until mid-day when they shelled us again but did no damage; working hard sandbagging. We have been warned to keep our Gas Helmets handy as the wind is in the Germans favour and they used it at Ypres last night.
Thursday 30th December: Epinette
A very lively cannonade on all day, a few more shells came our way-no damage.
I was over to the 62nd Field Ambulance seeing a Pal, everything normal.
Friday 31st December: Epinette
Another lively cannonade and a few more shells dropping near. After it quietened down; more sandbagging. A dull day.