3 February 1916

Extract from the diary of Lt William Batty, King’s (Liverpool) Regiment

[Lt Batty joined the Territorial Army in the winter of 1912/13 and was a rifleman in the 6th Bn, King’s (Liverpool) Regiment.]

Arrive at Blondecques at 8-45am. Left at 11-30, marched to Wallon Cappel. It was a lovely morning though cold and once we had got away from the railhead there was very little to remind us that we were on our way to the War, and very nearly at the end of the journey. The bright little houses and estaminets, the canal, blue with the reflection of the sky, the quaint churches and all the novelty of the scene made us feel very cheery. We were welcomed at Wallon Cappel and found comfortable quarters there.


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