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

October 19, 1916

Spent a good night in the bricks and had a breakfast of bread and jam,all other rations having been raided during the night. Our transport left early this morning and it is a pity they have not gone for good, they cause more trouble than all the unit put together. Voted on conscription this morning which I sincerely trust will be carried.

Went for a walk in the afternoon to Saint Riquier, a few miles from our village, and spent a good time. The Cathedral was well worth seeing, dating back to 628 A.D. The inside was of white stone which made a very bright effect. The village itself is a very old one and contained relics of several centuries ago. Had tea at the only hotel in the show and well enjoyed it, being an omelette to start with, then a steak beautifully cooked and some English beer. Had a game of billiards before leaving for home.


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