1st December 1915
To Orderly Room early to learn if leave sanctioned. Later told by O. Room that Brigade had sanctioned leave to the town. Went out with Jones and a mess servant ?B Coy – to road. Delightful way of doing things in this country that I think I will introduce into Dublin. A motor ambulance comes along and I halt it, ask if it is going toward Salonika and get in. It dumps me a mile or so down the road where it waits for 10 minutes. I pass on and stop another get in as far as it is going. Get out of it at its journey end and walk on. This time there is a change: a staff open car stops and asks me if I am going in, and takes me in the rest of the way. Have a bath, visit the Field Cashier, lunch, knock about the town, do a little shopping and go to the ?Roma for chocolate, wander up to the Bank of Athens, draw more pay in a clandestine fashion and so home. Move definitely off. 12 hour notice removed.
Longish post: letters from Ellen, Marjory, Aunt Lucy – Marjory coming out here! Paper from Father giving me first news of Grandfather’s death and burial. Parcel with cake chocolate and cigarettes from Harold Cole whose address I have unfortunately lost.
Walter Prentice in Cork with 4th Connaughts. No word if Wilfie is in France.
Weather much warmer. Thaw complete.