August 10, 1917
The day of our return. My section moved off at 9.15 a.m. Embussing on the edge of the town being carried to Arques about 10 miles, finishing the journey to Eblingham on foot. Found things as before, but learnt that during my absence the Colonel had given me a very high recommendation for the position of Warrant Officer. He was called onto recommend three names from this unit, but don’t expect anything from it as there must be some others who have been Sgts. longer than myself, and that carries a lot of weight. Then again through being deprived of my crown lowers my position of seniority, and if I received such a position now it would be over the heads of several.