August 17th 1914

17th August 1914   Monday

Arrived at Wassigny (our destination) at 12.30 am.. Detrained here in total darkness, not a light of any kind allowed – nor were we allowed to smoke. Billeted in timber yard ‘til daybreak., had a breakfast of sorts (bully and biscuits) – Then marched off ( destination again unknown), Passed through Tupigny to Vadencourt (about 8 miles) here we billeted. – Found a decent billet in a barn – plenty of clean straw etc. – Back of an estaminet (French inn) – Had a wash and clean up in general. Went for a ramble (exploring). French people everywhere treated us very well. – Found endless difficulty in making purchases from the shops of the village. Knew nothing of French . After a struggle got over the difficulty, picked up the words for Butter, milk, eggs, cigarettes, sugar etc. and got along fairly well after this.

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