11 June 1915

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 pomme

la poire

la cercise

la groselle   currants

la fraise   strawberry

la framboise   raspberry

la raisin

le raisin

Combien ca coûle

Out to tea at 7 Alexandra Place.

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