Read today's entry from Harry Gissing's 1914-18 war diaries

October 17, 1916

Looked after sick parade and then took patients into Estaires, picking up some from the battalions. Managed to see Carr and brought him back so that he could see Capt. Close. This was to be our last day in Outtersteene, our stay being very enjoyable, so I was very sorry to leave. Actually it is my first experience of being in a home since I left Sydney nearly two years ago. The people where I had my meals actually cried when saying good-bye, and loaded me up with apples.

Nothing was too much trouble for them, always making coffee and doing things for our comfort. At 3.30 p.m. when we fell in to march off it started to rain, but luckily did not last too long. We had about four miles to march, and the station was Bailleul, but had to wait till about 8p.m. till we could entrain, during which time we did a perish on the road having a snack for tea. By 9 o’clock we were on our way, but did not travel all night, restarting about daylight and reaching Port Remay about 9.30 a.m. I slept well in great coat and one blanket and 5 of us were in one small 3rd class compartment.


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