TCD MS 10823 folio 33 recto
[Sept 1918] At last fearing that Edmundson must have been caught, & not wishing to remain so close to camp when dawn broke, I crawled out through the potato fields past the sentries & reached once more the open country. On arrival at the football field, I took off my Khaki trousers under which I had been wearing an old pair of brown corduroy trousers & I hid the Khaki trousers under some bushes at a place where I had arranged for a friend to come the following day & take them back to camp.
My costume was a curious one, besides the farmers corduroy trousers, I had on an old German green felt hat: this with a khaki coloured waistcoat, an ordinary civilian black coat, that I had got from the Orderlies, a heavy pair of marching boots & a green ruck sac completed my disguise, together with a stick cut in the woods. As so much time had already been wasted, it was impossible to go far the first night & I lay up in a young plantation, close to a side along which we had arranged to go, only about five miles from camp. As I found out afterwards, Edmundson had been prevented for a long time by the sentries from getting near the “cache”, & had eventually arrived there about half an hour after I had left. He had then hurried along to the football fields, where he found that I had already been, & missing in the dark the prearranged side in the woods, had eventually spent the day in another plantation not half a mile away from where I was. The next evening as soon as it was dark, I went back to the football field to see if there were any signs of Edmundson, but finding none, at midnight I started off again & covered a full twenty Kilometres before dawn. The road led through forests of Scotch fir all the way, & I spent the following day in a huge plantation of Scotch fir near Rheinsberg. The weather was unfortunately very unsettled & nearly every day there was heavy rain. The next evening I started before it was dark, meeting various persons on the way, one of whom was rather suspicious, but I dodged him in the woods. Then followed a long walk across heavy ploughed [ms damaged] order to avoid the town of Rheinsberg. The small vill [ms damaged] always to go boldly through, but I was afraid of towns. [ms damaged] The procedure was to walk all night & lie up [ms damaged] From the map I would pick out one or more [ms damaged] to reach about dawn, & in them I should be [me damaged] plantation, which I found to be the best [ms damaged]