Extract from the diary of Norman Hughes, “B” Coy, 1/4th Ches. Regt. 53rd (Welsh) Division
[Norman Hughes came from Neston]
Breakfast 5-45 am
Dinner 1 pm.
(Route March) Bri – Goldington, Salph End, Sevick End – Wilden – Wilden Shrubbery Lane* –near Graze– Salph End – Goldington. Bedford 120 rds
Parade Plat 6-30 am
Batt Parade 6-50
Briggade move off 7 am.
Bde. Hd Qrs. On Kimbolton Rd immediately S of the Stream ½ mile S of Point 226
Ches. R.F.A. in action East of Clear Hill ¼ Welsh R. close to – S of Goldington H feild [sic]
7th Ches. R ¼ mile N of H of Clapham H – fields
5th Welsh R at H of Clear Hill
4th Ches. R at M of Clapham Park
Bde, Ammn. Col. moving Renhould
Bde Amm Col (SAA Sect) moving from Putnoe Farm to Jackham’s Farm
*Word “lane” is illegible but Shrubbery Lane lies between Wilden and Graze
[French transcription as written]
Going home:- a la maison – Chez moi, chez vous.
He is reading:- il lit.
Soldier = le militair
pavement = le trottore
midi moins cinq
le pommier = tree
la groselle currants
la fraise strawberry
la framboise raspberry
Combien ca coûle
Out to tea at 7 Alexandra Place.