I rode with the Adjutant [Captain Marryat]
in the afternoon and we brought the Brigade along to its Gun-pit digging
positions by 5 o'clock in the evening. The Adjutant, the Colonel [Chambers]
and I then had tea with some very nice people in their garden. We then
rode back again and saw the Batteries bivouacked in a huge field about a
mile in rear of the positions. We then went back and had a very jolly
supper at these people's house. They deserve to be remembered in the
same breath as those angels at Watford on the trek here. [Captain]
Lloyd, [Major] Mead, the Adjutant and [Doctor] Spurgin
were there, and later [Second Lieutenant] Pixley and [Lieutenant]
Burgess, and we had a noble supper. Then we went back to the Medical
cart, (our sheet anchor at night on these occasions) which was parked in
the corner of a field, and the Colonel and Doctor shared it.
I slept in my rug-bag near Pixley's little car.
About 11.30 p.m. we were woken up to go round the outposts. I was asked
to be taken and had to cling on behind the car, sitting on a very sharp
Ford over River Chess
The Adjutant had very bad 'flu'. We had a most
exciting time and were frequently held up by our 'Cavalry Outposts',
with logs of wood laid across the road and other nefarious devices.
Later, not knowing the counter-sign, we met [Captain Patrick] Cooper
brandishing a huge shillelagh at a ford on the river [Chess], and
many bloody sights and sounds going on along the opposite bank and in
the wood which the attacking party were trying to force and so storm the
Then we went on to visit O.C. Outposts, to wit
Captain Callaghan, who had taken up a sound strategic position in an inn
commanding the ford! Then we sat drinking whiskey and water and telling
yarns till about 2 o'clock when they all went off to bed and I went back
to the Medical cart and slept by the side of it very happily till about
6.30 next morning.