Terrell, Frederick Leopold – December 1917
9 December Sunday
Today, had a little unpleasantness in Battery practically same nature as R.A.N.B.T. and appeared to have no ringleaders and the feeling of discontent, was so general, that with \out/ any consultation one to another our complaints proved almost the same, and more general discontent never existed.
10 December Monday 1917
everything going on in the same old groove again & the officers have realised that we are human though on active service and the change was marvellous
13 December Thursday
A nasty accident happened to-day an old Dud airial Torpedo which had been laying in camp for some time, Went off through being handled & killed 7 & wounded 3 simply caused through carelessness
14 December Friday
Frost has set in and it is exceedingly cold, ice every where
15 December Saturday
Had first fall of snow today did not last long, melted away almost immediately and had a terrible cold wind spring up
16 December Sunday
Am expecting to go into action anytime now every preparation is being made.
18 December Tuesday
2 men left for Pits today and a very cold run up a terrible freeze being on all day
19 December Wednesday
left waggon lines for pits at 9 AM Marched about 12 miles & felt well done up by time I got there. took over position at 1.30 P.M.
23 December Sunday
HAD A FEW SHELLS AROUND US TONIGHT
25 December Tuesday
ANOTHER Xmas day in action & not the worst though we did have a fall of snow and everywhere is white Had sausages & Pudding for dinner for tea Had ash with herring & salmon cake & tea 1 Barrel of beer for the battery 1 Pocket Book per man Packet cigerettes Box of MATCHES
27 December Thursday
Saw another birthday in the line and have no wish to see another as I am fed up with war.
30 December Sunday
We have had a few men gassed as a result of being shelled with gas, mustard which is an envention from hell.
31 December Monday
The end of another year & still we are in the midst of the struggle and have not the slightest idea when peace will be declared.