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Colin Rowntree's Room - WW1

Diary 1916-1918

Part 2
As Lieutenant in Royal Engineers in WW1
doing War Graves work

Link to Diary Part 1 - 1914-1916 Colin in Friends Ambulance Unit.

Colin Rowntree was 23 year old at the start of the war –28 July  1914
and married in Oct 1914
He joined Friends Ambulance Unit in about Sept 1914 probably left in April 1916
as this was the
last enter in part 1 of the diary.
By June of that year he had joined the Royal Engineers and was working for the War Graves Commission.

Notes -
It is believed that the frequent reference to Pop. is to the town
Poperinge in Belgium about 6 miles from the Front line at Ypres
and Vlam  is a small town Vlamertinge about 2 mile west of Ypres

Thaw restrictions in February 1917 may have been for obvious reason
– see photo of the time and caption.

FAU is Friends Ambulance Unit
DWR is probably Colin’s brother Douglas W Rowntree who started in
WW1 in the Artists Rifles but was moved into another regiment later.

Willy Gray referred to was probably a relation

Comment: 
See comment in Diary Part 1 Comment for why Colin may have joined the R.E.

This document is very well supported by the following web pages:

www.greatwar.co.uk/places/ypres-salient-cemeteries.htm

www.greatwar.co.uk/places/french-flanders-cemeteries.htm

www.greatwar.co.uk/places/somme-cemeteries.htm

although there is no evidence that Colin worked in the Somme Battlefield Cemeteries

The spellings of place names vary between 1915-18 when this diary was written and when it was typed up in 2013. Both old and new names are used from time to time as during the typing up of the diary continual reference was made to the Cemeteries websites and Google Maps. It is interesting to note the Anglicised variation of names and how many names must have been introduced by the British forces.

 

List of Places including Cemeteries referred to by Colin up to June 1917

Abeele Aerodrime Cemetery

Locre

Adinkerke

Maple Copse

Armentieres

Mendinghem

Arques

Mont des Cats  Abbey  near Godewaersvelde

Bailleul

Nenoe Eglise

Bedford House

Neuve Eglise

Belgian Chateau

Neuve Elgise

Belgium Chateau

Ploegsteert

Bethune - France

Pont d’Achelles – Nieppe- France

Blauwepoort Farm

Pont du Hem    Cemetery

Boeschepe

Poperinge

Brandhoek

Prison Cemetery – Ypres Reservoir Cemetery 1 of the original 3 now exists

Chateau Segard

Proven

Chester Farm

Railway Dugouts Zillebeke

Dickebusch

Reninghelst

Dixmude Gate

Rest and Be Thankful Farm  near Kemmel

Dranouter

Ridge Wood

Elverdinge

Romarin

Elzenwalle Brasserie Cemetery

Sacre Coeur

Essex Farm

Sanctuary Wood

Estaires

Spoil Bank -

Ferme Olivier near Elverdinge

St Jean les Ypres

Godezonne Farm

St Omer

Hazabrouck

St Quentins Cabaret Cemetery

Hedge Row Trench Cemetery

St. Voast Post    Cemetery

Hesdin

Steenvoorde

Kemmel

Steenwerck

Kleine-Vierstraat

Suffolk cemetery nr Vierstraat

La Brique

Trois Arbres Cemetery

La Chappelle

Tuileries

La Clytte

Vierstraat Dugouts

La Plus Douve Farm

Vieux Berquin

Laiterie Cemetery

Vlamertinge

Larch Wood

Voormezele

Laukoff Farm

Westouter

Laventie

Wiltshire Farm

Lijssenthoek

Woods Cemetery

Lillers - France

Wulverghem – Lindenhoek Cemetery

Lindenhoek Chalet

Zillebeke

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Entry

 

27-Jun-16

Left for France to join Graves Registration Units - arrived HQ at Hesdin same evening

 

28-Jun-16

Motored to No. 1 Unit Bailleul with Blunt - Men at Baillet - Capt Fair, OC of unit Lieut HE Harvey OinC sect E 2nd Lieut FH Cave - In afternoon wnt with Cave to Armentieres Neuve Eglise Dranouter and Locre - Billeted at the house of M. Hameau

 

29-Jun-16

Went with Cave & Gray (of Estaires) the Wulverghen round Starting from Dranouter and finishing at Ploegstert. In afternoon went with Harvey & Muller  to Kemmel

 

30-Jun-16

With Cave to La Clyte Reninghelst Pop & Lijssenthoek met Maule and gave him a lift - in afternnoon with Harvey to Vlam and Brandhock

 

01-Jul-16

With Harvey to Vlam and Ferme Olivier near Elverdinge and afternoon to Reninghelst and Lijssenthoek

 

02-Jul-16

With Fair to Steenwerk  ccs cemetery and Cassel Church with Fair Harvey and Cave

 

03-Jul-16

With Harvey to Lijssenthoek Vlam Brandhock Pop and Reninghelst - W.Ward arrives to be my batman.

 

04-Jul-16

With Harvey to Dranouter Kemmel & Vlam

 

05-Jul-16

With Fair and Harvey to Lijssenthoek & in afternoon with Harvey to Steenwerck to peg out cemetery

 

06-Jul-16

With Cave to Dickebusch Ridge Wood, Brasserce Elzenwalle

 

07-Jul-16

With Fair to LRB and Berks

 

08-Jul-16

With Cave to Kemmel, the Laiterie & Lindenhoek Chalet

 

09-Jul-16

Frazer Gray & Jessop to Dinner

 

10-Jul-16

With Cave to La Plus Douve

 

11-Jul-16

With Harvey to Lijssenthoek & Reninghelst

 

12-Jul-16

With Harvey to Kruistraat & started for the Dugouts but truned back because of shell fire. Returned by Sacre Coeur & Vlamertinge, Paperinghl being shelled so came back by Bussborm Steenwerck in the afternoon

 

13-Jul-16

With Miller to survey kemmel also went to Larterie - in afternoon to Laventie and Estaries

 

14-Jul-16

With Fair and Harvey to Asylum (Sacre Coeur) and prison cemeteries Ypres Visited Fairs brother in Dugout near Dixmude Gate  ( Zolnawell close) & on to La Brique & St Jean Cemetery

 

15-Jul-16

With Cave to Belgium Chateau Bedford House, Blause Poort Farm, The Woods,  (The DCLI (sniped at) & Great Fleet St, Bluff)

 

16-Jul-16

Took 2 new PB men to Ferme Olivier  Not allowed through Pop. P/p completely evacuated - Had over 400 shells in 4 days ( some 1 1/2 " ) & over 160 casualties (military and civil)

 

17-Jul-16

Pop cemetery & Reninghelst in morning - saw Jatham and Danby & in afternoon to Lijssenthoek Abeele and Hazabrouck

 

18-Jul-16

With Harvey and Shires ( Canadian Chaplin) to Railway Dugouts Zillebeke

 

19-Jul-16

Vlam Brandhock & Reninghelst

 

20-Jul-16

Essex Farm with Harvey

 

21-Jul-16

With Cave to Belgium Chateau and walked to Bedford House Laukoff, Spoil Bank, Chester Farm

 

22-Jul-16

With Cave to Dickebusch and walked to Elzenwalle, Voormezele, 6 shells into village so returned after taking names on enclosure no.1 - Went to Estaires to dinner with Frazer Gray and Jessop.

 

23-Jul-16

With Harvey to Elverdinge in morn. - in afternoon to Steenwerk  to find solitary grave and on to tea near Boeschepe with the search party

 

24-Jul-16

Mes?? visits Bailleul - With Harvey to Brandhock and Vlam - Cave goes on leave.

 

25-Jul-16

With Miller to measure Pop Reninghelst Steenwerck Bac St Main & Sailly - Tea at Estaries 

 

26-Jul-16

With Harvey to Dugouts Zillebeke

 

27-Jul-16

With Harvey to Arques and St Omer

 

28-Jul-16

With Harvey to Essex Farm [Name in Gazette July 28th ( dated from June 27th)]

 

29-Jul-16

La Plus Douve Farm and St Quentins Cabaret

 

30-Jul-16

Merry Meteren Hetre Caetre Eache St Sylvestre Cappel, St Marie Cappel Cassel ( to Lundy) Steenvoorde in afternoon with Harvey & Boechope to register French Graves

 

31-Jul-16

La Clytte Kemmel, the Laiterie Locre & Dranouter in the morning, Proven and Steenvoorde in the afternoon with Harvey

 

01-Aug-16

Brandhoek & Ferme Olivier with Harvey

 

02-Aug-16

Dickebusch Ridge Wood, Elzenwalle Brasserie

 

03-Aug-16

La Plus Douve Farm and St Quentins Cabaret [3rd Wards Pay Day (pd on 7th inst)]

 

04-Aug-16

Abeele and Boeschepe in morning - Cave back from leave - Reninghelst and Locre in afternoon

 

05-Aug-16

With Cave and Gray to Bedford House, Lankhoff, Spoil Bank, Chester Farm etc

 

06-Aug-16

Cave leaves for the Somme Tea at Boeschepe with all search party

 

07-Aug-16

In all day writing up notes

 

08-Aug-16

Gray comes to section C - Kemmel Laiterie, Lindenhoek La Clytte

 

09-Aug-16

Plus Douve, St Quentin's, Neuve Eglise, Dranouter

 

10-Aug-16

Wulverghem Dressing Station, Tea Farm, Dranouter

 

11-Aug-16

Dickebusch Ridge Wood Elzenwalle Brasserie - Gudendoun in the afternoon

 

12-Aug-16

Voormezele - comprehensive report of enclosures 3 & 4

 

13-Aug-16

Mendinghem (Proven) to peg out new cemetery for Boeschepe to tea with F All

 

14-Aug-16

With Miller to survey Laiterie in morning - Arques and St Omer in afternoon - Saw the King at Locre

 

15-Aug-16

Bedford House Woods City Spoil bank, Chester Farm

 

16-Aug-16

La Plus Douve and St Quentins Cabaret in afternoon

 

17-Aug-16

La Clytte Kemmel and Laaiterie in am. Dranouter & Locre in aft.

 

18-Aug-16

La Plus Douve and St Quentins Cab, Romarin & Trois Arbres

 

19-Aug-16

Sacre Coeur and Prison Ypres in morning with Harvey Vieux Berquin & Bleutours in afternoon  Bosch dropped bombs on Bailleul during the night.

 

20-Aug-16

Mendinghem (Proven) to peg out  cemetery morning Walk with Harvey and Gray in afternoon

 

21-Aug-16

Dickebusch Ridge Wood Elzenwalle Dranouter Met Maj Goldon SCF of 4 / Can Div

 

22-Aug-16

La Clytte Kemmel Lindenhoek La Plus Douve - Transferred Kelly form Kemmel to Plus Douve - Took Crosses and Chaplins pegs to Reninghelst

 

23-Aug-16

R.E.Farm Wulverghem Dressing Station T.Farm and Pound Farm Packhorse Farm and Shrine

 

24-Aug-16

In all day Dinner at Estaries with Frazer and Mabley

 

25-Aug-16

La Clytte in the morning with L/Cpl Lumney In afternoon to Dickebusch & Ridge Wood with PB men Bring back Sgt Brown - Gray goes on leave

 

26-Aug-16

Dickebusch La Clytte and home - In afternoon with Harvey to solitary grave between Metuen and Monts des Cats and on to Cassel and Caestre

 

27-Aug-16

Took Sgt Brown and Young to Mendinghem in afternoon to above grave to erect cross

 

28-Aug-16

Kemmel & Laiterie in morning Arques and St Omer in afternoon.

 

29-Aug-16

Bedford House Woods and Lankhoff

 

30-Aug-16

Dickebusch Ridge Wood and Elzenwalle

 

31-Aug-16

Plus Douve, St quentin's Souvenir Farm and Wulverghem chruchyard.

 

01-Sep-16

Tea farm, Pond Farm, Dressing Station and RE farm (Wulverghem), Dranouter Plus Douve to see about trouble with Kelly - 20 or 30 men gassed there during the night by our own gas.

 

02-Sep-16

Bde HQ near Plus Douve with Kellys conduct sheet.

 

03-Sep-16

La Clytte Dickebusch Ridge Wood to pay men - La Clytte shelled on the way back - 6 shells -one 10 yards from the cemetery.- McKay comes to section C Leave Hamm… Billy

 

04-Sep-16

Kemmel & Laiterie checked report of Laiterie 14 PB men arrive

 

05-Sep-16

Took 2 PB men to Plus Douve and Dewsbury in afternoon to Kemmel

06-Sep-16

Took Kelly from La Plus Douve Farm to Pound Farm

07-Sep-16

Bedford House Chester Farm and Spoil Bank with McKay – dinner at Estaires

08-Sep-16

Kemmel Laiterie Lindenhoek La Clytte Locre Dranouter with McKay - Driver arrives at Bailleul with Ware - Fair goes on leave

09-Sep-16

Estaires Dickebusch Ridge Wood La Clytte Driver goes to Estaires to be OC sect B in place of Frazer who goes to Rouen

10-Sep-16

Estaires Pound Farm Dressing Station RE farm etc to show Gray who takes on these cemeteries now [Sunday]

11-Sep-16

With McKay to Woods Cemetery  Bedford House

12-Sep-16

Kemmel Laiterie Lindenhoek with photographer

13-Sep-16

Dickebusch Ridge Wood Elzenwalle Brazerie withj ditto (photograper)

14-Sep-16

Dickebusch to fetch McCarrol who is recalled to do munitions  La Plus Douve Farm

15-Sep-16

Dranouter and home

16-Sep-16

With McKay to Kemmel and Laiterie pegged out Laiterie

17-Sep-16

Ridge Wood Elzenwalle and Dickebusch

18-Sep-16

Rained hard all day – did not go out Fair returnsfrom leave – Visit from Mes? in afternoon Driver Taylor returns Bowie goes to B

19-Sep-16

Ridge Wood and Dickebusch . La Clytte Kemmel and Dranouter Paying men McKay leaves for section J

20-Sep-16

In all morning - Trois Arbres  with Harvey in afternoon

21-Sep-16

Bedford House Spoil Bank and Chester Farm

22-Sep-16

Kemmel & Laiterie –finished pegging out

23-Sep-16

Dickebusch Ridge Wood wrote out plot 1 of later

24-Sep-16

Kemmel and Laiterie

25-Sep-16

Voormezele and Dickebusch

26-Sep-16

Bedford House Spoil Bank and Chester Farm

27-Sep-16

Dickebusch Ridge Wood Elzenwalle took PB men to D

28-Sep-16

Kemmel Driver arrives at Bailleul with Ware - Fair goes on leave Godezonne Farm  ( intersected)

29-Sep-16

Trois Arbres  Godezonne Farm  and Rest & Be Thankful (Farm)

30-Sep-16

With Miller to Dickebusch and Ridge Wood to survey cemeteries Did 2 at D and all at R wrote out part 2 or R

01-Oct-16

Took Photographer to Kemmel Laiterie Westoutre Pop Lijssenthoek and Reninghelst

02-Oct-16

Bedford House (wrote out enc IV) Woods Cemetery  Solitary grave near Blauve Poorte Farm Swan Chateau

03-Oct-16

Ridge Wood

04-Oct-16

Voormezele

05-Oct-16

Kemmel and RE (Beaver) Farm – Harvey goes on leave

06-Oct-16

Bedford House ( wrote out enclose III ) Chester Farm (wrote out part on cemetery )

07-Oct-16

Took Photographer to Dickebusch ( and various odd graves) Ridge Wood Belgian Chateau and Plouer Camp

08-Oct-16

Kemmel Dickebusch Dranouter Hazabrouck in afternoon

09-Oct-16

Near Chateau Segard and Dickebusch wrote out Dickebusch old-  Mont Cemetery

10-Oct-16

Bedford House Spoil Bank  Chester Farm – finished writing out Chester Farm

11-Oct-16

Chateau Segard Dickebusch (re-measured 2 rows of old cemetery as Miller had left out 2 graves ) Ridge Wood Elzenwalle Blasserie and Elzenwalle Chateau – wrote out latter

12-Oct-16

La Clytte Kemmel and Laiterie Locre and Dranouter

13-Oct-16

Voormezele In afternoon to Terdngham Cassel and Hazabrouck . Went out with Chas to Merry Maves and dinner.

14-Oct-16

Dickebusch Ridge Wood Elzenwalle – took new man to Dickebusch – Harvey returns from leave.

15-Oct-16

Dranouter Locre La Clytte and Kemmel Tea with Chas.

16-Oct-16

In all day writing out Voormezele report

17-Oct-16

Dickebusch Ridge Wood Kemmel Laiterie Dranouter

- paying men.

18-Oct-16

In all day Dinner at Merry Maves with Chas.

19-Oct-16

IN all day

20-Oct-16

Kemmel and Dranouter in afternoon Lijssenthoek in morning with Blunts men

21-Oct-16

-

22-Oct-16

Ridge Wood Dickebusch etc

23-Oct-16

Railway Dugouts – wrote part of old portion

24-Oct-16

Kemmel –search for grave near Trenders in front of Kemmel – Fair goes to Marseilles.

25-Oct-16

Went to Memorial Service to Mons. Hameau’s son killed in the Somme

26-Oct-16

Kemmel Dickebusch – changed Bouch and Snape for Ray and Fowler

27-Oct-16

Trois Arbres and Ridge Wood

28-Oct-16

Started with Voormezele but turned back as village was being shelled Took xs to Brandhoek to be sent to Railway Dugouts  and Bedford House

29-Oct-16

Bedford House Chester Farm Spoil Bank  /Chas called in evening

30-Oct-16

Kemmel Laiterie Dranouter

31-Oct-16

In all morningand Mont des Cats in afternoon with Harvey

01-Nov-16

Fair returns from Marseilles - Trois Arbres  in afternoon

02-Nov-16

IN all day

03-Nov-16

Voormezele in morning 

04-Nov-16

Railway Dugouts  and Tillebreke churchyard with De Gunsberg

05-Nov-16

Dickebusch Ridge Wood Kemmel La Clytte Dranouter paying men

06-Nov-16

Voormezele

07-Nov-16

 

08-Nov-16

Kemmel Laiterie La Clytte Dranouter

09-Nov-16

Dickebusch Ridge Wood La Clytte Locre Dranouter with photographer Brandhoek in afternoon with crosses for Dugouts

10-Nov-16

Bedford House Woods Cemetery wrote out Woods in afternoon took and officer and Chaplin to Laiterie to see a friends grave also photographer.

11-Nov-16

In all day.

12-Nov-16

Kemmel  Godezonne Farm Locre Dranouter –photographer.

13-Nov-16

Dickebusch Ridge Wood Elzenwalle Brasserie (wrote this out) Godezonne Farm and back by

14-Nov-16

Railway Dugouts

15-Nov-16

Kemmel and Laiterie and Dranouter finished writing out Kemmel

16-Nov-16

Bedford House and Chester Farm with photographers – General Ware visits section C goes to Ypres Menin Road Godezonne La Clytte etc

17-Nov-16

Dickebusch Ridge Woodk La Clytte and Dranouter paying men

18-Nov-16

Go on leave – meet F E Frith Dr. Henry and Darbyshire on boat.

19-Nov-16

 

20-Nov-16

 

21-Nov-16

 

22-Nov-16

 

23-Nov-16

 

24-Nov-16

 

25-Nov-16

 

26-Nov-16

 

27-Nov-16

Return from leave Stay night at Boulogne

28-Nov-16

Start for Hesdin 6.30 pm

29-Nov-16

Arrive Hesdin 1.30 am Sleep at Artists Guard Room at the Barracks Walk out to GRN Hll in time for breakfast- Spend most of the day there and drive up to Bailleul

30-Nov-16

Dickebusch Ridge Wood Kemmel etc

01-Dec-16

IN all day

02-Dec-16

Railway Dugouts  pay men and bring back Mercer.

03-Dec-16

Pay at Dickebusch Ridge Wood Kemmel La Clytte Dranouter

04-Dec-16

In all day

05-Dec-16

In all day – Harvey leave for section B SR Driver comes to c.

06-Dec-16

Bedford House Spoil Bank  Chester Farm checked comprehensive report of Spoil Bank

07-Dec-16

In al morning – Kemmel La Clytte Locre Dranouter in afternoon

08-Dec-16

Dickebusch WiltshireFarm (wrote out) Ridge Wood Godezonne Farm 2/ Suffolk burial ground nr Vierstraat Brandhoek in afternoon with crosses for Dugouts Bedford House etc

09-Dec-16

Railway Dugouts  Zillebeke Church (wrote out) Towards Maple Copse Tuilleries (wrote out) Took Mercer back to Dugouts and brought Cpl Sallis to Bailleul

10-Dec-16

In all day

11-Dec-16

Voormezele in morning

12-Dec-16

In all day

13-Dec-16

Bedford House Wood Cemetery Blauwepoort Farm ( wrote out)

14-Dec-16

Kemmel Laiterie La Clytte Dranouter with Sgt Raffael

15-Dec-16

In all day

16-Dec-16

At Hopital Elizabeth in Proven to buy lace

17-Dec-16

Railway Dugouts  Took back cpl Sallis and new man Tobin – Visited Valley Cottages- over 60 new names and Tuileries

18-Dec-16

La Clytte Dickebusch Ridge Wood Kemmel and Dranouter paying men

19-Dec-16

Bedford House Spoil Bank  Chester Farm – Took Sgt Huff and Riseborough  Replaced about 50 crosses at Spoil Bank

20-Dec-16

 

21-Dec-16

Dickebusch Ridge Wood Voormezele with Fair and Photographer

22-Dec-16

In all morning  - In afternoon to Vieux Berguin and Estaires searching for odd grave. Harvey leaves for England as his wife is dying.

23-Dec-16

Railway Dugouts  Took Riseborough up

24-Dec-16

Dickebusch Ridge Wood Dranouter in morning  Dranouter Dickebusch shelled just before getting there (in the middle of the cemetery ) Brandhoek Pop. Lijssenthoek and FAU for tea.

25-Dec-16

Estaires in morning  Tea with Chas Plummer to dinner

26-Dec-16

Kemmel Laiterie Garden Cemetery Lindenhoek with photographer.

27-Dec-16

Bedford House Spoil Bank  Laukhoff Chateau Farm nr Ecluse – with photographer

28-Dec-16

In all day

29-Dec-16

In all day – dinner with Chas.

30-Dec-16

Railway Dugouts  with photographer who took 44 photos – Brought Conner back – Rather noisy they had 273 shells on Xmas Eve.

31-Dec-16

Menin PradeleHay Farmhouse amd Caestre - Photos

01-Jan-17

Dickebusch Ridge Wood with photographer –payed men

02-Jan-17

Kemmel La Clytte Dranouter paying men

03-Jan-17

In all day

04-Jan-17

La Clytte Reninghelst Pop. and Lijssenthoek

05-Jan-17

 

06-Jan-17

 

07-Jan-17

Railway Dugouts with Neilson and on to Zillebeke lake and Transport farm annexe. Abeele,  to X Corps HQ for leave passes and Reninghelst 41 div Q to arrange about Ridge Wood

08-Jan-17

 

09-Jan-17

La Clytte Kemmel Laiterie Dranouter with Nielson and Bawtree (PHOtographers)

10-Jan-17

With Staff Capt 124 Bdes to settle on new site for new Cemetery in Place of Ridge Wood Selected site on S of Hallebast Vierstraat Road near Field Amb {Ambulance}.

11-Jan-17

Bedford House Woods Hedge Row Trench Cemetery with Day and War – worte out remains of Hedge Row Cemetery

12-Jan-17

Dickebusch Voormezele Elzenwalle Chateau Ridge Wood and site of new Cemetery on Hallebast Vierstraat Road

13-Jan-17

Bedford House Spoil Bank  Chester Farm La Chappelle with Driver and Day

14-Jan-17

Dugouts Larch Wood (wrote out) Valley Cottages Dinner at Estaires saw George Milner there.

15-Jan-17

Hoograaf 37 div. and Lijssenthoek – saw Sam Lithjou

16-Jan-17

Vierstraat Dugouts Pegged out new Cemetery  Dickebusch and Paid men.

17-Jan-17

La Clytte Kemmel Dranouter Stewart leaves to go to Cadet School

18-Jan-17

In all day Fair returns from leave

19-Jan-17

Railway Dugouts  Harvey goes as his wife has died.

20-Jan-17

Kliene-Vierstraat  Dickebuschwith fair

21-Jan-17

Kemmel La Clytte Dranouter Tea with Chas

22-Jan-17

In all day

23-Jan-17

Dickebusch Ridge Wood Elzenwalle

24-Jan-17

Kleine-Vierstraat  Suffolk Burial Ground Dodezonne Rest and Be Thanksful ( wrote out) Kemmel Chateau 0checked writing out

25-Jan-17

 

26-Jan-17

 

27-Jan-17

Dickebusch Kleine-Vierstraat

28-Jan-17

 

29-Jan-17

Railway Dugouts

30-Jan-17

 

31-Jan-17

Dickebusch Kleine-Vierstraat –paying

01-Feb-17

La Clytte Kemmel Dranouter paying

02-Feb-17

 

03-Feb-17

Railway Dugouts  Graves having to be blasted – wrote out Belgian Chateau

04-Feb-17

Kemmel La Clytte and Reninghelst – brought back Burns from Kemmel to go to base Dinner with Chas

05-Feb-17

In all day

06-Feb-17

Dickebusch Kleine-Vierstraat

07-Feb-17

Kemmel La Clytte ( wrote out plot 1 of Cemetery)

08-Feb-17

In writing out Bailleul Cemetery

09-Feb-17

Section inspected by Thomas

10-Feb-17

Dickebusch Kleine-Vierstraat La Clytte Re measured rows.

11-Feb-17

 

12-Feb-17

Kemmel Laiterie Lindenhoek wrote out later.

13-Feb-17

Saw Chas at No2 CCS with Pleurisy

14-Feb-17

 

15-Feb-17

Railway Dugouts  Estaires in afternoon

16-Feb-17

La Clytte Dickebusch Kleine-Vierstraat Kemmel Dranouter paying men Chas evacuated from 2-CCs to base

17-Feb-17

 

18-Feb-17

The wall of our Garden about 15 feet high fell down

19-Feb-17

Checking comprehensive of Bailleul all day.

20-Feb-17

 

21-Feb-17

Writing out comprehensive reports etc. Bringing the Card Index up to date Thaw restrictions on all this week and so no motors allowed on the roads except when absolutely necessary.

22-Feb-17

 

23-Feb-17

 

24-Feb-17

 

25-Feb-17

La Clytte Kemmel Dickebusch Vierstraat and Brandhoek in morning  5/London  F A Units {Friends Ambulance Unit)} in afternoon with crosses for Dugouts – Larch Wood etc

26-Feb-17

Bedford House Blauwrepoorte Farm,  Woods Cemetery

27-Feb-17

Dickebusch Wiltshire Farm Ridge Wood Elzenwalle Brassiere Kleine-Vierstraat with photographer – 70 photos taken.

28-Feb-17

Railway Dugouts  Took up 2 new men Magle and Cook – Rathe lively at Kimsstraat and Shrapnell Corner.

01-Mar-17

Medical Boards . Unable to get out as there was no car

02-Mar-17

Medical Boards . Unable to get out as there was no car

03-Mar-17

Car in workshop – in all day

04-Mar-17

Took crosses for Bedford House and Dugouts to Ambulances to be taken up.

05-Mar-17

La Clytte Dickebusch Bandenburgh Kemmel Dranouter paying – Mercer comes for 2 nights

06-Mar-17

Bedford Housesb Chester Farm La Chapelle –photographer took 60 photos

07-Mar-17

In all day Mercer goes

08-Mar-17

In all day

09-Mar-17

 

10-Mar-17

Railway Dugouts  Larch Wood erected 40 or more crosses (sniped at 4 or 5 times) Manor Farm –Took Riseborough up and brought back Tobius and Connor

11-Mar-17

Kemmel R.E.Farm La Clytte Locre Dranouter

12-Mar-17

In all day

13-Mar-17

Dickebusch Kleine-Vierstraat Godezonne Farm La Clytte Dranouter

14-Mar-17

Jos Newman and Fr. Stack to lunch

15-Mar-17

With Fair to Bedford House Blauwepoort Farm and Wood Cemetery

16-Mar-17

In all day Section inspected by Thomas

17-Mar-17

With Driver to Railway Dugouts  Maple Copse, Sanctuary Wood etc Found a new Cemetery in Zillebeke Village with 50 or 60 names.

18-Mar-17

In all day

19-Mar-17

La Clytte Dickebusch Kleine-Vierstraat Kemmel Dranouter paying men

20-Mar-17

Voormezele with Day – Ware to lunch

21-Mar-17

 

22-Mar-17

Kemmel Rest and be Thankful – Stray graves near La Clytte Reninghelst Road

23-Mar-17

 

24-Mar-17

Railway Dugouts

25-Mar-17

Dr Parsons arrives from HQ to replace Taylor

26-Mar-17

Dickebusch Kleine-VierstraatrwezBois Carre La Clytte

27-Mar-17

Kemmel and Laiterie

28-Mar-17

Took Ptes Crompton and McCafferty to Bedford House to look after Cemeteries there –ON to Chester Farm

29-Mar-17

Dickebusch Kleine-Vierstraat & La Clytte & Dranouter

30-Mar-17

Dunkirk with Fair. Lunch at FAU. In afternoon with Fair and Hamilton to Malo and Dunkirk Cemeteries and on to Zaydcoote La Panne, Coxide {Koksijde}, Nieuwport and Nieuwport Bains. Back to Dunkirk – Night Time Air Raid

31-Mar-17

Wrote out British Graves at Dunkirk Communal Cemetery and on to FAU – Returned to Bailleul

01-Apr-17

Kemmel and on to Irish Houses by Via Gellia trench to get 4 odd graves reported to us by YMCA Kemmel

02-Apr-17

Hazabrouck

03-Apr-17

In all day

04-Apr-17

Dickebusch Vierstraat Kemmel etc paying men

05-Apr-17

Bedford House Woods Blauwepoort Farm Seveal French graves near shrapnel corner.

06-Apr-17

With Driver to visit district in front of Kemmel. Spy Farm Ferine d’Hoine Vroilandhoek and down Rossighol Road

07-Apr-17

Railway Dugouts Durham Cemetery Zillebeke Erected 15 Crosses Maple Copse Sanctuary Wood

08-Apr-17

 

09-Apr-17

 

10-Apr-17

La Clytte Dickebuschand Kleine-Vierstraat

11-Apr-17

 

12-Apr-17

Kemmel in afternoon

13-Apr-17

La Clytte Dickebusch Kleine-Vierstraat Ridge Wood Elzenwalle Brasserie Vierstraat Village

14-Apr-17

Bedford House and Railway Dugouts - Belgian Chateau badly shelled.

15-Apr-17

 

16-Apr-17

Adinkerke and Dunkirk

17-Apr-17

 

18-Apr-17

La Clytte Dickebusch Kleine-Vierstraat Kemmel & Dranouter –paying men

19-Apr-17

Steenvoorde and Mendingham

20-Apr-17

17 PB men arrive from base

21-Apr-17

Railway Dugouts  Bedford House Chester Farm

22-Apr-17

Kemmel Laiterie Took Magee Inglis and Bartlett to Kemmel Brought back Ray from Kemmel and put Dewsbury to Dickebusch

23-Apr-17

 

24-Apr-17

Dickebusch in afternoon Took Easthope there.

25-Apr-17

 

26-Apr-17

Kemmel Laiterie Gordon Cemetery and Irish Houses

27-Apr-17

 

28-Apr-17

Railway Dugouts  Bedford House Bawtree took 110 photos at dugouts.

29-Apr-17

 

30-Apr-17

23 PB men arrive from base.

01-May-17

 

02-May-17

La Clytte Kemmel Dranouter -  Kemmel heavily shelled on night of 30th – a dozen or so into Cemetery and 40 crosses destroyed Fowles removes to IX corp

03-May-17

 Kleine-Vierstraat Snape and Dixon brought in for a rest.

04-May-17

Lijssenthoek Brandhoek Pop. and Reninghelst with Fair

05-May-17

Railway Dugouts  Woods and Bedford House – took up Ward and McCafferty to Dugouts Brought back Riseborough to be my batman.

06-May-17

 

07-May-17

in afternoon with Parker to Westouter Reninghelst La Clytte Locre Dranouter

08-May-17

With Fair to La Clytte Dickebusch and Locre Visited OC of Field Ambulance to arrange about Cemetery in case of an attack

09-May-17

La Clytte Kemmel and Dranouter replaced 35 crosses at Kemmel

10-May-17

Dunkirk

11-May-17

La Clytte Dickebusch and Kleine-Vierstraat

12-May-17

Railway Dugouts  & Bedford House

13-May-17

Lijssenthoek and FAU. Driver goes on leave Lieut. Maurice Edwards comes to Sect C for a short time

14-May-17

With above to Dranouter Locre La Clytte Vlamertinge Pop. & Reninghelst

15-May-17

Neuve Eglise Locre Lijssenthoek –10/corps Abeele – INnafternoon with Fair and Edwards to Trois Arbres Armentieres Erquinghem-Sailly Laiterie and Estaires

16-May-17

La Clytte Dickebusch Kleine-Vierstraat Kemmel Locre Dranouter paying men

17-May-17

 

18-May-17

 

19-May-17

With Edwards to Dugouts Bedford House Chester Farm

20-May-17

With Fair to HQ for conference on surveying Return by Bethune.

21-May-17

 

22-May-17

 

23-May-17

Dickebusch Kleine-Vierstraat Kemmel Laiterie and Dranouter with Edwards

24-May-17

Ware to lunch

25-May-17

Pegged out Westouter and Locre

26-May-17

Dunkirk

27-May-17

Dickebusch pegged out new plot.

28-May-17

Kemmel & Laiterie

29-May-17

 

30-May-17

Reorganisation of SRU dates from this day

Promoted Lieut from 12.5.17  (Ms List of 26.5.17 No.137 Bailleul shelled)

31-May-17

Pont d’Achelles to select new Cemetery

01-Jun-17

Mairie Nieppe to arrange about above – pegged out Locre new Cemetery. In afternoon Lillers and Bethune with Fair

02-Jun-17

Pegged out Pont d’Achelles

03-Jun-17

Ware and Taylor visit us

04-Jun-17

Pegged ot new Cemetery Vlam.

05-Jun-17

Bosch Aeroplane drops 2 bombs on ammunition train near Flying ground – Totally destroyed. Pont d’Achelles with Gordon –pegged out more rows. In afternoon to site of new CCS near St. Sixte to select site for Cemetery

06-Jun-17

Measured Bailleul to check plan

07-Jun-17

Attack on Messines Wyteschaete Ridge starts 3.10am

All objectives taken.

08-Jun-17

 

09-Jun-17

Fair and I move to Merville

 

Further place referred to by Colin after the time of his move to Merville

 

It is interesting to note that Colin’s visits have move to the French area of Flanders Area at about the time of his move to Merville in June and then by mid-July and back to the Front in  the Belgium area surrounding Ypres that he started in.  Within a short time  his field of activity became wider and he seems to be travelling and working in both areas – Ypers Salient and French Flanders. 

Arneke – France

Houdain Lane Cemetery

Bandaghem = Haringhe - Belgium

Kandahar Farm

Bard Cottage

La Panne     Belgium

Barlin  

Lillers        communal Cemetery

Berks

Mont St Elvi

Bleuet Farm

Nine Elms

Bray Dunes   Belgium

Noeux Les Mines    Cemetery

Buffs Road St Julien

Outersteen

Bully Grenay    communal Cemetery

Pack Horse Farm Shrine

Chateau Rosenberg

Petir Sains

Chateau Rosenburg -  Berks Cemetery Extension

Philosophe

Cheddar Villa  -Seaforth Cemetery

Pond Farm

Coxyde  Military Cemetery  Koksijde

R.E.Farm

Divisional Battery Corner Cemetery

Ramparts

Dozinghem

Riez {du Vinage }

Duhallow Cemetery

Roussbrugge = Roesbrugge

Ecoivres Cemetery

Sailly Labourse   communal Cemetery

Essex Farm

Sans en Gohelle     Fosse No.10 communal Cemetery

Furnes  = Veurne

Solferino Farm

Godewaersvelde Cemetery France

Talana Farm

Gorgue Cemetery

Talana Farm

Gwalia Farm

Villers Station Cemetery  Villers au Bois

Hersin

Wormhoudt  Communal  Cemetery 20 km S of Dunkirk

Hoogstade

Wyteschaete

  Hop Store Cemetery

Zuydcoote France

Cadastral Plan is the equivalent of Land Registry details for Property – “who owns what land or whatever was left of it!”  

10-Jun-17

With Fair to Wyteschaete – Lillers and Bethune in afternoon

11-Jun-17

Move to Bethune – No. 4 Rue Gambetta

12-Jun-17

With MacKay to St. Voast Post - Pont du Hem etc

13-Jun-17

With MacKay to Noeux Les Mines, Villers Station Mont St Elvi Petit Sains

14-Jun-17

Houdain with MacKay

15-Jun-17

Petir Sains Noeux le Mines Sailly Labourse Philosophe,  Mazingarbe Bully Grenay, Aix Noulette.

HQ in afternoon with Fair

16-Jun-17

Sans en Gohelle

17-Jun-17

 

18-Jun-17

Govre with Fair Checked rows etc

19-Jun-17

With Frazer to Mendingham to peg out extension and to site of new Cemetery near St Sixte

20-Jun-17

Inspectors and Surveyors conference at HQ

21-Jun-17

In all day

22-Jun-17

In all day - - met Harry Slay in town

23-Jun-17

With MacKay and Fair to Quartre Vents Ecoives Maroeuil Arras Roclincourt Riez Mont St Elvi  Villers au Bois Villers Station Hersey Barlin  - Pegged out Ecoivres and Hersin

24-Jun-17

HQ in afternoon with Fair

25-Jun-17

Pegged out “Huts” Cemetery Dickebusch Lijssenthoek 

Mendingham

26-Jun-17

Pegged out Sains en Gohelle   - Visited Neoux les Mines

27-Jun-17

Left Bethune for leave

28-Jun-17

Crossed

29-Jun-17

 

30-Jun-17

 

01-Jul-17

 

02-Jul-17

 

03-Jul-17

 

04-Jul-17

 

05-Jul-17

 

06-Jul-17

 

07-Jul-17

Air Raid on London

08-Jul-17

 

09-Jul-17

Returned from leave to Wormhoudt

10-Jul-17

With Fair to 15 Corp HQ DrayDunes – picked up Rush Fox and visited Oesthoek, Coxyde Bains, Coxyde La Panne Back to Dunkirk

11-Jul-17

 

12-Jul-17

With Jewell to peg out new Cemeteries at Gwalia and Canada Farms

13-Jul-17

 

14-Jul-17

Witrh Bushe Fox to Oesthoek and Coxyde.  Saw Willy Gray – Pegged out Oesthoek and measured enclosure Coxyde Military Cemetery

15-Jul-17

Peg Lijssenthoek Reninghelst measured plot 2 Bailleul Roussbridge to trace Cadastral Plan of Lijssenthoek

16-Jul-17

 

17-Jul-17

With Bushe and Fox to peg out new Cemetery on Furnes - Coxyde Rd.

18-Jul-17

 

19-Jul-17

With Jewell to the Huts, Dickebusch, Vlam New, Brandhoek New measured site – Dozinghem (pegged out) in afternoon

20-Jul-17

With Fair and Driver to Godewaersvelde to select site for new Cemetery 3CCS’s.

21-Jul-17

To Godewaersvelde to trace Cadastral Plan – Pegged out plot 17 of Lijssenthoek

22-Jul-17

With Fair to Dunkirk – Lunch with FAU

23-Jul-17

Vlamertinghe New – Measured plots 1,2,3,and 4

24-Jul-17

Godewaersvelde

25-Jul-17

Zuydcoote to prospect site for new Cemetery

26-Jul-17

Pegged out Godewaersvelde – measured up Bailleul – met John ..

27-Jul-17

Pegged out Zuydcoote in morning – in afternoon with Driver to Outersteen – met Lawne there.

28-Jul-17

With Frazer to Gurange about new Cemetery at Barda

29-Jul-17

With Caton Woodville to Dickebusch to arrange for Extension Cemetery – Decided ot close down present Enclosure when full and use the Huts unless the Corps Burial Officer objected to taking bodies further.

In afternoon met Sanitary Delegate, Lt.Col. Naudé and visited Godewaersvelde

30-Jul-17

In afternoon to dunkirk

31-Jul-17

Bray Dunes – Adinkerke, La Panne – Interviewed the General de la Provence about Cemetery for Oesthoek – Inspected 2 sites.

01-Aug-17

In all day

02-Aug-17

Adinkerke pegged out 1 or 2 rows – In afternoon to Roussbrugge to get tracing of Cadastral Plan to Pop. new Military Cemetery

03-Aug-17

Adinkerke in morning  In afternoon to Pop. Brandhoek and Vlamertinghe –New Military Cemetery

04-Aug-17

In all day - Fair returns from leave.

05-Aug-17

Bailleul to lunch Outtersteene on way back.

06-Aug-17

Malo Adinkerke Dunkirk

07-Aug-17

Bandaghem Mendinghem – Maire Poperinghe re Pop. extension Pop New Military Cemetery - Lijssenthoek

08-Aug-17

In all day

09-Aug-17

Dunkirk and Zuydcoote with Col. Nauté –moved Cemetery further east

10-Aug-17

Brandhoek to pegout new Cemetery Brandhoek No.3

11-Aug-17

Pop. Canada Farm Dozinghem

12-Aug-17

Zuydcoote –Pegged out new site

13-Aug-17

Moved office and billet to 22 Rue la Citadelle.

14-Aug-17

 

15-Aug-17

 

16-Aug-17

Mendinghem Dozinghem Pegged out new plots

17-Aug-17

Bailleul Pont d’Achelles Rouasin Neuve Eglise Dranouter Kemmel Lindenhoek La Clytte Reninghelst

18-Aug-17

Adinkerke La Panne Coxyde Furnes Road Oesthoek

19-Aug-17

In all day

20-Aug-17

Lijssenthoek and Bailleul – dinner – Drivers birthday

21-Aug-17

Lijssenthoek in afternoon pegged out new plots and measured up old.

22-Aug-17

Elverdinge to select site for new Cemetery

23-Aug-17

In all day

24-Aug-17

Met Messer at Lijssenthoek Visited Brandhoek Dozinghem and Mendinghem

25-Aug-17

Bailleul and on to Wulverghem district –measured RE Farm Dressing Station Pond Farm Packhorse Farm and Pack Horse Farm Shrine

26-Aug-17

HQ conference

27-Aug-17

In all day visit from Tanjye

28-Aug-17

In all day

29-Aug-17

In all day Maule to tea

30-Aug-17

 

31-Aug-17

Elverdinge Gwalia Farm Canada Farm Vlam Bailleul Hazabrouck

01-Sep-17

In all day

02-Sep-17

To Moule to see DWR –spent afternoon with him at St Omer

03-Sep-17

Dunkirk Oest Dunkirk Bains La Panne Coxyde Zuydcoote

04-Sep-17

Lijssenthoek Pop. pegged out plot of extension  Bailleul Pond Farm Frenchman’s Farm (measured) Lindenhoek Chalet measured – Laiterie measured plots 1,2,7 etc Gorgue Cemetery Kemmel

05-Sep-17

Hoogstade

06-Sep-17

 

07-Sep-17

Bailleul Motor Car Corner LRB Berks extra and Strand

08-Sep-17

In all day

09-Sep-17

With Fair and Frazer to select new site for a new CCS west oof Pop. – Nine Elms.

10-Sep-17

 

11-Sep-17

 

12-Sep-17

 

13-Sep-17

Roussbrugge to trace Cadastres of Nine Elms and Gwalia Farm In afternoon pegged out plots 1 & 2 of Nine Elms and on to Bailleul – met Craven

14-Sep-17

 

15-Sep-17

With Fair to Klein-Vierstraat, Ridge Wood Elzenwalle Brasserie Voormezele Dickebusch Huts,  Dickebusch Brandhoek

16-Sep-17

 

17-Sep-17

Dunkirk and Malo

18-Sep-17

Dickebusch measured new Cemetery and extra Vlamertinghe plots 4,5,6, & 7 – Brandhoek old and new

19-Sep-17

Canada Farm –measured plot1 and part of 2 –Fair goes on leave.

20-Sep-17

In all day

21-Sep-17

Hazabrouck Godewaersvelde  (pegged plot 2) Bailleul (measured Communal Cemetery) Nieppe to get extract de la Matr.. Chateau Rosenburg – measured up part

22-Sep-17

In all day

23-Sep-17

Canada Farm (pegged out extra ) Bleuet Farm (pegged out extra ) Gwalia Farm. In afternoon to Mendinghem – measured plots 1 – 4

24-Sep-17

In afternoon to Adinkerke and Coxyde measured plots 1-3

25-Sep-17

Proven – interviewed Mayor with ref. to extra extension on Mendinghem . Dozenghem

26-Sep-17

Kleine-Vierstraat measured plots 1 & 2 Suffolk Cemetery Godazonne Farm – Rest . Be Thankful and Bailleul for lunch.  In afternoon to Vlam to take some measurements of plots 1,2 and 3 and French Graves.

27-Sep-17

Brailhoarte come for 2 nights.

28-Sep-17

Nine Elms ( pegged out plots 5-8) Pop. new Cemetery and Lijssenthoek

29-Sep-17

 

30-Sep-17

HQ to conference

01-Oct-17

Fair returns from leave.

02-Oct-17

Pop. saw Bouganestre about extension of Lijssenthoek – Proven saw Major about extension of Mendinhem.

03-Oct-17

Pegged out extension of Dozinghem and Mendinghem

04-Oct-17

With Fair and Col. Nandé to Outtersteene Pont d’Achelles Estaires and Trois Arbres

Westouter  -saw new site and traced Cadastre and Reninghelst – lunch at Bailleul

05-Oct-17

Pegged out new Cemetery at Westouter

06-Oct-17

 

07-Oct-17

 

08-Oct-17

Pegged out extension to Lijssenthoek

09-Oct-17

Bailleul to trace 1/10000 of various ????

10-Oct-17

 

11-Oct-17

Elverdinge Talana Farm Bard Cottage Essex Farm Duhallow Cemetery Ypres Prison Menin Road and Ecole

12-Oct-17

Canada Farm – Pegged out Plot 1 for the second time

13-Oct-17

Arneke to peg out new Cemetery

14-Oct-17

HQ to conference

15-Oct-17

Arneke to peg out Cemetery new site as the other was too close to the pond

16-Oct-17

La Lovie Lijssenthoek Godezonne Farm Bailleul with Fair

17-Oct-17

With Messer and Fair to Dickebusch Ridge Wood Elzenwalle Brasserie & Chateau Voormezele

18-Oct-17

DMS & AAG Cassel in morning

19-Oct-17

In all day

20-Oct-17

Malo – pegged out Communal Cemetery extension Traced Cadastre

21-Oct-17

In all day with cold

22-Oct-17

In all day with cold

23-Oct-17

In all day with cold

24-Oct-17

Solferino Farm Briden to peg out Cemetery Vlam measured up plots 1-3

25-Oct-17

In all day

26-Oct-17

 

27-Oct-17

Akroyd comes for the night.

28-Oct-17

 

29-Oct-17

Dunhallow – pegged out plots 2 and 3 measured plot 1 – Nine Elms pegged out extension –visited Lijssenthoek – Some bombs at the far end of Wormhoudt

30-Oct-17

 

31-Oct-17

 

01-Nov-17

 

02-Nov-17

 

03-Nov-17

 

04-Nov-17

Bailleul took some measurements of Communal Cemetery - Locre took some measurements of Communal Churchyard

05-Nov-17

Ypres – Pegged out Extension of Prison Cemetery (N)

06-Nov-17

Dozinghem –pegged out plots 13-15

07-Nov-17

 

08-Nov-17

Malo –lunch with FAU

09-Nov-17

Bailleul Lijssenthoek and Proven saw DWR at Bailleul

10-Nov-17

Mendinghem – pegged out plots 9-14

11-Nov-17

Coxyde Furnes Rd. Oesthoek and Adinkerke (Churchyard Extension) measured last 3

12-Nov-17

 

13-Nov-17

With Fair and Col. Lowther to Ypres

14-Nov-17

 

15-Nov-17

Bailleul and Watou with Fair

16-Nov-17

Outersteene. Laidout and measured Trois Arbres  measured plot 1 Bailleul lunch (measured rows M1-P1) Lijssenthoek

17-Nov-17

Ferme Olivier measured plots 1,2&3 Canada Farm Gwalia Farm measured plot 1

18-Nov-17

Lijssenthoek pegged out 3 plots

19-Nov-17

 

20-Nov-17

Dozinghem measured plots 1-12

21-Nov-17

With Fair and Jewell to Buffs Road X track St Julien Cheddar Villa  - Divisional ADS Minty Farm

22-Nov-17

Brandhoek and Vlamertinge  saw WGC

23-Nov-17

In all day

24-Nov-17

In all day

25-Nov-17

HQ conference

26-Nov-17

With Messer and Kenyon to Mendinghem Dozinghem Vlam and Lijssenthoek

27-Nov-17

Bailleul Driver goes to report to Braillwaite

28-Nov-17

Outtersteene –repegged plots 2 & 3

29-Nov-17

Zermezeele and Hoordpeene

30-Nov-17

 

01-Dec-17

Lijssenthoek met Gray

02-Dec-17

 

03-Dec-17

 

04-Dec-17

With Gray to Bourgmestre {of}Poperinge to arrange for extra at Lijssenthoek, Divisional Bridge 19, Belgian Battery Corner The Huts Dickebusch Hop Store Vlamerlinghe new Cemetery

05-Dec-17

 

06-Dec-17

 

07-Dec-17

Termezeele ****peene

08-Dec-17

 

09-Dec-17

 

10-Dec-17

 

11-Dec-17

 

12-Dec-17

Bailleul & pop. Jewell comes to Wormhoudt

13-Dec-17

Vlamerlinghe new measured plots 1-8

14-Dec-17

 

15-Dec-17

 

16-Dec-17

 

17-Dec-17

 

18-Dec-17

 

19-Dec-17

 

20-Dec-17

 

21-Dec-17

 

22-Dec-17

With Sutcliffe to Boulogne to go on leave Air Raid that night.

23-Dec-17

Crossed

24-Dec-17

 

25-Dec-17

 

26-Dec-17

 

27-Dec-17

 

28-Dec-17

 

29-Dec-17

 

30-Dec-17

 

31-Dec-17

 

01-Jan-18

 

02-Jan-18

 

03-Jan-18

 

04-Jan-18

 

05-Jan-18

 

06-Jan-18

Returned from leave

07-Jan-18

 

08-Jan-18

 

09-Jan-18

With Jewell to Duhallow Essex Farm Talana Solferino

10-Jan-18

Jewell goes on leave

11-Jan-18

With Fair to Godewaersvelde Trois Arbres  Roindrin Berks, Chateau Rosenberg, Kandahar Farm, St Quentin’s Cabaret. La Plus Douve, Stinking Farm Pond Farm Kemmel La Clytte Reninghelst Military

12-Jan-18

With Mercer to Bray dunes (French Corp) Zuydcoote Adinkeerke Clilyd extra & But cent  La Panne Coxyde Oest Dunkirke Bains Furnes Road Steenwerke Oesthoek

13-Jan-18

With Mercer and Fair to Divisional Belgian Battery Corner, Ypres Reservoir, Ramparts, Menin Road N & S Ecole White House St Jean ST Brique Irish Farm Divisional collecting Post Essex Farm Solferino Farm Ferme Olivier Canada Farm Gwalia Farm Nime Elms

14-Jan-18

In all day

15-Jan-18

With Gough to Dunhallow pegged out portion of extension

16-Jan-18

Hazabrouck

17-Jan-18

 

18-Jan-18

 

19-Jan-18

 

20-Jan-18

WinJ came over in afternoon

21-Jan-18

With Fair to Trois Arbres  Pont d’Achelles Neuve Eglise Kemmel Reninghelst

22-Jan-18

With Kenyon Mercer Taylor and Fair tolus Douve Kemmel Vierstraat Ridge Wood Voormezele Bedford House Railway Dugouts  Ramparts and Prison Ypres

23-Jan-18

 

24-Jan-18

Ypres Reservoir north – pegged out plots 2 and 3 and surveyed plot1 – Duhallow to peg out plots 4 & 5 but fence had not been removed. Vlamertinge saw WGC and visited NW Cemetery Brandhoek No. 3

25-Jan-18

With King and Goddard (photographer) to Zuydcoote Adinkerke Oesthoek Furnes Road Oest Dunkirk Bains and Coxyde – Record plans of Zuydcoote Adinkerke British Oest Dunkirk and Coxyde Plot 4 and took 150 photos.

26-Jan-18

Jewell returns from leave

27-Jan-18

With Fair Jewell and the Vermealles to Bergues to lunch with the ???

28-Jan-18

Bergues Coxyde Malo (FAU) Dunkirk Mardyck with Photographer

29-Jan-18

 

30-Jan-18

Hop Store (surveyed) and the Huts surveyed plots 1-8 and 13 & 14

31-Jan-18

Pop. Trois Arbres  (checked plot 2) Hazabrouck

01-Feb-18

Started out with Fair to meet Irwin to go to Duhallow but car broke down about a mile out of town.

02-Feb-18

.

03-Feb-18

DWR and Sowby over for the day

04-Feb-18

 

05-Feb-18

Dunkirk Coxyde Steenkerke ( measured British Graves in Belgian Military Cemetery ) Adinkerke.

06-Feb-18

In all day working in the office

07-Feb-18

In all day working in the office

08-Feb-18

In all day working in the office

09-Feb-18

In all day working in the office

10-Feb-18

In all day working in the office

11-Feb-18

In all day working in the office

12-Feb-18

In all day working in the office

13-Feb-18

DWR came over in the afternoon

14-Feb-18

With Fair to Pop. Hop Store, Hospital Farm, Ferme Olivier and Canada Farm

15-Feb-18

Fair goes on leave (30 days)

16-Feb-18

 

17-Feb-18

 

18-Feb-18

Dozinghem. measured rows of plots 1-12

19-Feb-18

With Mercer and Reginald Blomfield to Mendinghem Dozinghem Hop Store Vlamertinghe old Ypres (Ruson and Ramparts)  Vlam New Lijssenthoek

20-Feb-18

Nine Elms Poperinghe measured plots 1-8

21-Feb-18

 

22-Feb-18

 

23-Feb-18

 

24-Feb-18

 

25-Feb-18

With Holden to Lijssenthoek and Pop. New

26-Feb-18

 

27-Feb-18

Poperinghe surveyed New and Old Military Cemetery. IN afternoon to Cassel

28-Feb-18

 

01-Mar-18

 

02-Mar-18

 

03-Mar-18

 

04-Mar-18

 

05-Mar-18

Duhallow pegged plots 4-7 and surveyed plots 2 & 3, Vlamertinge Old, surveyed British graves in French plot.

06-Mar-18

 

07-Mar-18

Started out for Brandhoek but oil pump of car out of action –Car to workshops.

08-Mar-18

 

09-Mar-18

Reninghelst (surveyed New Military Cemetery plots 1-3 and 4 rows A-F) British Graves in Churchyard Extra.

10-Mar-18

 

11-Mar-18

Dunkirk Adinkerke Coxyde & Oest Dunkirk

12-Mar-18

Essex Farm Surveyed whole Cemetery

13-Mar-18

Cassell. Called on Kenneth Broad

14-Mar-18

 

15-Mar-18

 

16-Mar-18

 

17-Mar-18

KB came to lunch. Fair returns from leave.

18-Mar-18

 

19-Mar-18

With Fair to Outersteene

20-Mar-18

 

21-Mar-18

With Jewell to Talama Farm –Surveyed – up to date. Essex Farm

22-Mar-18

 

23-Mar-18

Mendinghem Surveyed 3-8 and Row G plots 1-2

24-Mar-18

Dinner with Vermendes

25-Mar-18

Brandhoek checked some rows. in afternoon to Hazabrouck with Fair to interview the Mayor about Cemetery

26-Mar-18

 

27-Mar-18

Haringhe – Malo.

28-Mar-18

 

29-Mar-18

 

30-Mar-18

 

31-Mar-18

 

The diary stops here but a scrap of paper indicates that Colin was then ill:

18-Nov-18

Admitted 8CCS with influenza –contracted Broncal Phuemonia

4-Dec-18

Evac to Base (14 Gen)

7-Dec-18

Evac to England ( Officer Hospital Devizes)

18-Dec-18

Discharged from Hospital with 3 weeks leave.

6-Jan-19

Special ME Caxton Hall – Unfit for duty 1 month leave

11-Feb-19

Unfit for duty 1 month leave

14-Mar-19

Unfit for duty  C2 and 1 month leave

24-Mar-19

Unfit for duty  C2 and 1 month leave