29th December 1915
Arthur and his Company left their billets at 4am and are now in their new position in the front line – he is writing in a small and uncomfortable cellar; one of Arthur’s trusty Subs (Ochs) has been invalided out sick.
Arthur to Dollie
In a cellar, Wednes. 6.20pm
There is not very much news to-day, dear. I am looking forward eagerly to to-morrow’s mail for no dear letter came from you to-day. That should men two to-morrow DV.
This morning we moved up here early – up soon after 3. We left Noyelles at half past four and are now up at V- again. Only this time we are not nearly so comfortable as we were last time we were up here. We have a cellar that just takes the 3 of us, myself, Lloyd & Rice.
There’s a mine near here that must have just been completed when war broke out. It is very completely fitted up – every [thing] brand new but smashed to bits!
This afternoon Sammy & Lewis came in. Sammy is in charge of the Brigade snipers – a ridiculous job for a fellow of his age & experience. Sammy told me that Ochs (another of my Subs – who was off on permanent working party these few days) was evacuated sick this morning. I expected it sooner or later for he’s not a strong ‘un though a plucky little fellow. I’ve just heard that Hammerton has turned up & is to take his place. He joins me tomorrow.