Glorious day, saw five or more machines go over on bombing
raid.Supposed to be shifting
on 3rd inst dam it.
Went to FP with Jimmy this evening.
Shifting a land
station was a far from trivial task.A wireless operator would be equipped with:
30 ft mast in 8 sections of
iron tube 3 inches in diameter, guy ropes, 6 pegs, 1 hammer and a 5 ft
picket; 1 aerial on a winch with an insulated lead-in wire; 1 spare
aerial; 2 aerial insulators; 2 earth mats; 6 cloth ground strips, 24 ft by
2 ft, and a Morse lamp for signalling to aeroplanes; 1 tool kit; message
forms, carbon paper and pencil; cord; Mark III Wireless Tuner including 2
pairs of headphones, technical notes in the use of the wireless station,
circuit diagrams, 4 batteries for the buzzer and potentiometer, copper
gauze earth mat, etc [From Radio, Radio by Jonathan Hill 1986]
Received cigs and mints from Uncle Syd.
Letters from Ma and Gertie.Airman under orders to be prepared to pull down station.
Letter from Uncle Syd.Day
17 Observer ought to learn the Morse code.
Luggie very busy to day, strafing us like hell.Fine day, plenty of machines about.Airman packed up and ready to shift.
Hellish warm this afternoon, shells bursting all round.One clean on top of the dugout.Bets fell in.Was just
taking Paris, when one fell up by guns.Next minute boom bang out went the candle and off went Paris, one shell fell just in front of dugout, cut aerial wire.Repaired it this evening.
Grand day, but bit cloudy, more snow down in night.Day fairly quiet.
Grand day, few machines about.Luggie strafing top of woods again.
Grand weather, luggie still strafing top of wood.
Tons of machines over, French, German and English.
Shifted this evening at .Damned awful
wondering about with full pack on, eventually shook down in telephone
Letters from Gertie, Ma and Lily, parcel from Syd.
With 9th Siege
Battery, RGA moved to U Copse, still near Suzanne, where they stayed until
2nd June.Ceased to
be part of 14th S Brigade and came under 30th
Put up aerial absolutely bon, Coombes says too conspicuous, got
to pull it down, damn it.Went
across to old position and got bed tonight, bit better.Letter from Gertie.
Put aerial up in new position not quite so good as yesterday,
getting a bit more ship shape.
Grand day, machines about.Luggie strafing just up top.
Taube 9, Bosche’s new biplane over this morning.Farman sending all the damn morning strafe him.
Went over and saw the Steves and Dowling this evening.
Grand day letters from G and Chas.
Reference to German aeroplane
type Taube and British H. Farman
LieutCol and Capt came, remarked on aerial, funny shape or
something, trying to be funny.Grand
Put up aerial again, one long wire this shape:
shelling Suzanne killed 4 wounded six, Dale and myself going down to the
village got in thick of it, all tres bien however.
120 rounds altogether came over.
Had a big slice of luck.Parcels
from Ma and Uncle Chas[...]
also new underclothing.Turner
came said “aerial too big a wave length, sorry it will have to come
put up shorter aerial, can get aeroplane signals alright, so
what matter.Letters from Ma
Got up quite early this morning, bit misty.
Shifted over to next dugout.Set up and took EiffelTower at .Letter from
In 1916 the Eiffel
Tower became the terminal for the first radio telephone service across
Had parcel from Ma.
Tons of machines about, covered six pages of signals.
Parcel from Uncle Syd, letters from Ma, Gertie and Aunt Lil.
Day fairly quiet, 2 salvos in rally and one dud aeroplane
shell, was all.
Got watch from Squadron, bon.
-(1) A shell that fails to explode
Letters from Dad and Airman.
Dull day nothing doing, thank goodness.
Letters from Syd and Harry.Had a decent twenty minutes with gloves this evening.
Day quiet no machines over.
Parcel from Ma.
Very quiet, no machines over.
Letter from Gertie.
Thick snow this morning, 6” deep.Soon thawed however when sun came out.
Letter from Nell.
Head across to LX this morning.Dowling there, stayed until .Some walk
back, pitch dark, kept falling in shell holes and getting entangled in
Not bad fags this week, Hulls Campaigner.
Possibly 60 (or LX)
Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery.
Day of mixed weather, snow, wind, rain and sunshine.
Beast of head on me today - who said rum.
One machine over sending weather reports.
Day quiet re aeros. Terrific winds blowing.
Mixed weather again.Followed
German aeroplane shoot right through, target coppice about 100 yards away.
Received letter from Gertie.
Received letter from Aunt Lil.
Terrific frost first thing but turned out a grand day, with
plenty of machines over.
Received letter from Ma.
Glorious day.Had a
bon football match this evening.Did
a little more to the dugout.