15th January 1916
Woke up after good night to find there had been a heavy nights snow and the whole place was under 4 inches of snow which was rapidly increasing. Promptly sent over to Coy Quartermaster’s store for a pair of regulation boots as both of my own old pairs were in need of repairs. Got 9’s in which I moved up and down very comfortably – finally installed myself in a pair of 7’s. Parade off. Men put to digging dug outs. Went for a walk over the hills, blundering into drifts 18 inches deep in places. Day quite pleasant with snow falls on and off. Parry in to dinner. Post in. Parcel from [?]Harrods and letters intended for Wilfie, and letter from Wilfie.
Disgusted to be told at 10pm to take over the Matterhorn observation post at day break. The Regt has had the post for a week (8 days) and of that week ‘D’ Company has [?]found it four times B twice and C twice and A not at all. Of the four times ‘D’ has found it this is my third go. However no good grumbling. Made arrangements to be knocked up at 6.15 and turned in.