- Left Aldershot for France 4th September
and moved up through Boulogne.
- A night of very heavy rain and constant thunder
and lightning followed by a very hot day.
- The view from the sea very fine and dignified
but the city itself mainly composed of mean streets.
- Latest rumour that the French have taken over this whole ‘show’
and that we are being withdrawn.
- The men and ourselves had to sleep in the open
- With true military intelligence we were made to move camp today
100 yards up the hill.
- One of the men of the Brigade found strangled in the lines
a few days ago.
- Hope we get even with the Greeks some day.
A more hopeless lot of swine I have never seen.
- Have my Tommy’s tunic complete now and wore it on duty
much to the amusement of my friends.
- Cannot discover what is in the air – are we waiting for the Spring
or for the Greeks.
- Order for a move first thing this morning.
No reason given, no destination mentioned.
- Guns heard at sea every day now
some time or other.
- Country there very flat with great thickets of dried bamboo
cane a dull yellow colour.
- Weather still very dry.
Mist here on the plain tonight.
- I think he is a damned fool
to have these footling field days.
- The English papers do not know where Kitchener went to
at the beginning of November.
- Palmed off a Servian franc
which is not currency in this country.
- This is colder and damper than anything I ever remember
- Out of the frying pan of France
into the cold storage of Greece.
- Seemed rather more bacon per man
than yesterday or than usual.
- Shaving brush and sponge frozen in my holdall.
I suppose that will now be the normal thing for three months.
- A staff open car stops and asks me if I am going in
and takes me in the rest of the way.
- Attended a class of sorts this morning by McNee
on loading and treatment of pack mules.
- Some absurd rumour that we have sent ultimatum to Greece
and threatened to occupy Salonika.
- Warm pleasant sunny morning very profitably spent
on the East bank of the Galiko River.
- Patrols galore got lost for an hour at a time
signal lamps could not be seen and the mist drenched everyone.
- Absolutely wet and done and as stiff and sore from riding
as I could possibly be.
- Leather jackets issued to the men.
Got hold of one myself.
- Heard story of 10th Division having been caught
short of ammunition and cut up.
- Very lurid speeches by the C.O. and the G.O.C.
indicating that we were walking into a hell on earth.
- Big fight going on on the left a mile or so away
visible from the mountain on our left.
- The Brigade got out of the trouble very well
at the expense of about 100 men.
- The artillary afforded a great sight hammering the top of Kara Bail
in best Boer War fashion.
- The men were put 70 in cattle trucks built for 45 men
and 40 officers and men in one built for 34.
- Such was the excellence of our first line transport that we could get mails
where other Regiments could not get food!
- Put up the bivouacs, lit our fire, had tea
and turned in rather late for a good night.
- Greatcoats and bivouacs double their weight with water
and a squelch at every step.
- Had about 2 hours sleep on and off
in one of the worst nights I have ever had or ever fear to have.
- The French tried to get horses across the Izan Bridge today
where Middlemas’ horse had to be killed a few days ago.
- The men very cheery singing Christmas Carols!
How they can do it I do not know.
- Found out by hearing orderly corporal shouting like a bull
that we were moving camp.
- Men’s rations fail today for the second time in a week
and men reduced to quarter rations – biscuits and tea.
- The ‘Commodore’ went down with 2,000 bags of Salonika mails
our Xmas mails.
- Nobody handed over in detention
but had 3 Greeks, 1 donkey, and 200 head of sheep by midday!
- Many bonfires lighted by the men and every prospect
of a cheery evening.
- Dinner a great success – roast fowls fruit and dessert of many kinds
coffee and whiskey.
- I have had four boxes of chocolate
funny what childish tastes one develops!
- Road making in camp under the orders of the RE
ably interfered with by the Brigade staff.
- Rumours flying that a move is imminent
plans of the trenches being prepared for handing over.
- Relieved Bryson Brigade Picquet in Pinar 9 am.
Quiet day with a couple of prisoners to vary things.
- Booth went into some teashop where he was drugged
and knew nothing more till he was picked up by the military police.
- Five hour day ordered by Army Commander
instead of six hours.
- By God it was good stuff – the most genuine plum pudding
I have ever tasted.
- Went with Bloore on reconnaissance
on the main road.
- How the deuce is a mess expected to exist up here
where nothing can be bought.
- Four months out of England tonight
seems more like four years.
- The Bulgars and Turk have had a difference of opinion
expressing itself in a massacre.
- Rumour that Turkish trouble acute in Egypt
and that we are to be withdrawn.
- Raid by hostile aircraft on Salonika and district
in which apparently 4 enemy ‘planes took part.
- Was entitled to the day off
but the R.E. sent down for road working parties.
- I found a handful of contradictory instructions
any two of which are less drivel than the third.
- The egotism of the man is perfectly surprising.
I trust Major Charles will knock some of the bounce out of him.
- Wrote Mrs Christie to express my sympathy.
Nothing much doing.
- Large parcel post in with one badly mashed parcel
of foodstuff from Father.
- Dinner soup, boiled mutton and potatoes
rice pudding, coffee, nuts and oranges.
- Jameson asked to resign his commission
for playing the fool.
- Went for a walk over the hills, blundering into drifts
18 inches deep in places.
- German and Turkish airplanes over camp in the afternoon
the first I knew of the existence of Turkish machines.
- A narrow road with snow concealing ground on each side
is not exactly the place to meet a big convoy.
- A small polished tin can against the snow
is not exactly an easy mark at 200 yards.
- The C.O. wanted to see me with reference to a pass to Salonika
issued by me to a Greek.
- Brigade Staff 65th Infantry Brigade
List of officers.
- Arthur N. Callaghan 14th The Kings Regt
Part 1V diary.
- The last few days by far the most trying marching
the men have ever had.
- Up with the lark hiding the bivouacs from aircraft
by building them under bushes.
- Without being pessimistic I don’t think much of the position.
We are about 5 miles South of Doiran Lake.
- Patrol work out there most interesting with of course
a very considerable spice of danger.
- Eleven months in the field today
9 in Greece.
- Rained like the devil from 8 to midnight.
The unfortunate men with no shelter.
- Went down about midnight.
French guns pretty busy all first part of night.
- Trench work much as usual. Most of my men out on patrol
with Rutherford near Vladajr.
- Busy from midnight putting finishing touches on splinter shelters
and bomb proofs.
- French Batteries and British Batteries appeared from nowhere
and got into action.
- Damned incompetence on the part of the Brigade and Regt Staff
to change orders at the last moment.
- Went to the Doctor again with my knees
which are very sore.
- Nothing to do except watch the spasmodic bombardment
of the enemy lines.
- Up 3.45am and set off by moonlight
for the Piton des Zouaves reaching there by 5.
- French attack on La TORTUE last night believed successful.
Attack on Doiran in progress.
- Great activity last night over La Tortue.
French were counter attacked heavily.
- Large forces of Bulgars have been moved from the Vardar to Doiran
and the French anticipate trouble.
- Dashed pleasing noise – a shell when you have no dug out
and no place whereon to lay your limbs.
- Bulgar becoming far more familiar with us as regards shelling
too dashed familiar.
- Quiet night. We take things much quieter now
having found out that the Scotch had the wind up.
- Bad news in the afternoon of British and French reverse
on the right in the Struma valley.
- The guns are expected to retire
I suppose we will go back to Dandli and hold that pleasant line again.
- The enemy has a new stock of aeroplanes here
and visits us with them very frequently.
- He is not strong enough for this battalion and is off again
to the Garrison Batt he came from.
- Big grass fire North of here
that we had to turn out to stop.
- Very hot day. Ordinary parades.
Anderson warned for O.Pip work on 420 Hill.
- The QM stores actually sent up boots for the men
by the limber meant for our things.
- Wire up from hospital that Jerry Jennison is dangerously ill
– poor devil.
- Moved my bivouac into a gulley beside camp
which we hear is permanent.
- If I don’t smell that city again after six months
it will be bad luck.
- Had to move our bivouacs and mess from the gulley
up the hill again. Mosquitoes!
- Saw a lot of things and got back to camp
in a sandstorm at 7pm.
- Spent the day clearing the river bed
and trying to set fire to it.
- Extraordinary night – tossing all over the place.
Unable to eat any breakfast.
- In such a devilish sweat that I sought out the MO
and reported sick.
- Head pretty bad these days
natural symptom of malaria.
- By God it is a rest after the worry of up the line
water to wash, shave.
- Word of heavy casualties up Struma
forced them to clear the hospital.
- Developed my third attack of the beastly malaria
and put back in bed in the evening.
- Temp subnormal this morning.
103 last night.
- Got overdose of quinine
and put in the most miserable night of my life.
- Some of the cases malaria
but not many.
- I miss the battalion officers and men more than I can say
but still it is a glorious change after Salonika.
- The hospital is in a converted school – glorious large airy halls
marble floored, marble stairs.
- Had to go back to bed on Doctor’s Orders
till he should see how I was.
- Finished Irish Utopia and was slightly disappointed
in my second reading.
- The rule of the road is as in England – left in Salonika
and everywhere else except here.
- Foreign enough to be interesting. British enough to be pleasant
respect paid to the uniform and English spoken.
- Very fair concert indeed given by outsiders
evidently trained public singers.
- Very quiet and fine day.
Did not go out of the house.
- Jones here with dysentery.
Two others in with shellshock.
- Milk is delivered by bringing the goat along the pavement
to your front door and milking it there!
- More than sorry to hear that the poor skipper had been killed
King, Norman Day, Hilditch and Humphries had all been killed.
- He is off for Blighty again tomorrow by the Galeka
and not yet four weeks out of England
- Wrote to poor Roughley’s widow and to other fellows’ people
where they could not write themselves.
- Great number gone from hospital this morning for blighty
some of them really too ill to remain.
- In a gallery in the back of the church there is another old organ
as that we have in the Examination Hall in Trinity.
- Not by any way as satisfactory a performance on the part of sundry officers
as I would have expected.
- Tigre Hospital lies across the Marsamuscetta Harbour
- The boats are driven by two men who stand up
with their faces to the bow and push at the oars.
- Informed that I am still anaemic
– the first I knew of it.
- Left by motor ambulance to Ghain Tuffeiha.
Got my place in a marquee tent.
- The bathing place I went to is a great slab of rock
running 25 yards into the middle of the bay.
- Had an entertaining afternoon sailing
the boat is about 9 feet long pin beam.
- The Mess catering is done here by Dickeson the Contractor
and very poorly done I think.
- Out with Miller again in the evening, and rowed about
as there was practically no wind.
- Had a glorious bathe and then sailed about
with the most constant wind we have had.
- Knocked about town, bought various things we wanted
went out on the Harbour.
- We were rather pessimistic as to our chances of reaching Salonika
for we expected then to sail today.
- Men too badly scattered along with other divisions
to fix responsibility for dirty troop decks.
- Escort broke down 11am 16th instant and returned to Malta.
One of the Irish Channel boats – Heroic I think – took it on.
- Very cold weather – quite a shock after Malta
– and most of us had shorts on.
- Inspected kits of draft going up the line
and of men come in yesterday.
- Fine fellows the Russians – very large
with devilishly long rifles and bayonets.
- Went to ordnance in forenoon and got rainproof coat
and gum boots.
- I wonder where the binocular glasses are that I ordered
from Dixon and Hempenstall.
- Bought ‘Some Further Reminiscence of an Irish R.M.’
?Life of Parnell? and ?Life of Lord Russell.
- Went for a six mile walk
across country with Fielden.
- Thank God orders have come for us all to rejoin our units.
Got some things at Ordnance.
- Reported to Major Nichols and found D Coy collapsed
and the men merged in ‘B’.
- Still in Transport. Battalion moved
- Dossed down in a shallow ravine
- I wonder how the Company will work
and what sort of a time I have before me.
- Rain. Temporarily off.
Men digging themselves in all day.
- Got my glasses in a registered parcel from Dixon and Hempenstall.
Very fine glasses.
- Cidemli village and locality badly shelled
while I was out. No casualties.
- In East Lancs H.Q. camp in the forenoon.
?D? Coy to go into support to the Kings.
- Quiet night, but first night in trenches
always a rather touchy time.
- One year in Salonika today.
Not precisely a year of excitement or colour.
- There is always considerable chance of Bulgars attacking
up the valleys.
- We have never wasted a round
or got the wind up.
- Back with Sykes shooting – bad luck:
only one partridge.
- Walked within 7 yds of enemy sentry without seeing him
and signaled to CSM to join me.
- Spent some time in the front trench
taking bearings of enemy battery.
- Reviewed the doubtful compliment of a message
from the CO to go back to Goldie tomorrow.
- Failed to get up the gully I intended but went up Red Ravine
and found Bulgar sentry.
- Large draft arrived from 3rd Kings of very fine looking fellows
who have nearly all been in France.
- Lay there in the cold, fairly wet from light (7am)
to 10, observing Goldies.
- Settled in. Rained like the devil as usual.
Got a new officer.
- If this is war in a civilized century
give me the middle ages and battle axe.
- Cannot do anything with these places
the East Lancs have meddled with – damn them.
- Wood gathering and village wrecking parties
in the village last night.
- Ordinary parades . Village wrecking
- The previous draft mainly Liverpool pals who were wounded
in July in the Somme.
- Hall on patrol with 20 men.
Not returned yet (10.20 pm).
- General Bailey, our new Brigadier, inspected the new drafts.
Very funny indeed.
- Ordinary parades – NCOs and Thompson
away seeing the new regimental line in.
- Relieved East Lancs at 9pm on little Bekirli
with ?D? Coy.
- Saw the line in the daylight
and got the shock of my life.
- So far though we have dug winter quarters
in about six places.
- Rested and fed there and moved again towards Moravca
in the Gola Ridge.
- The Italians spoke no English
and we spoke no Italian.
- These people made themselves homes with glass windows
doors that fit, tiled roofs and beds.
- Went up on my Observation post
and saw the ground round me.
- Out in the morning in Pangarsli village reconnoitering
for tiles for the cookhouse roof.
- Horrible day. Thickest of thick mists
and rain all day.
- Bivouacs pitched in a hopelessly wet place
and without any pretence of cover.
- Hall turned up for dinner and misbehaved himself
still more grossly than usual.
- Thirty days continuous command
- Rained like fun during the night
and this morning.
- Judging by last year the great blizzard will catch us
in 5 days from now.
- An exciting adventure which cost the life of a good officer