Witley, May 21, 1917

Monday         Rain all morning “I slept” in the Tent. Toward afternoon it cleared & became warm In the afternoon we prepared for the night out on a bivouac, we relieved the 53rd Am in the Pink

20b Guard Tent Witley Camp crop.jpgMy guess is that Percy is on Guard duty — the photograph from his large album is labelled  “Guard Tent Witley Camp” — and that the duty is not too onerous.

The War Diary tells us that yesterday the 51st and 53rd batteries of the 13th Brigade were out on Hankley Common for a night-time “trench scheme,”(1) and that they are relieved today by the 52nd and 55th. (2)

Meanwhile, back in the camp, the “Inspector of Messing was not pleased with his inspection. Steps taken,” says the War Diary, “to improve matters.”(2)

Perhaps inspired by his recent spell of mess duty, the O-Pip editor will soon print the following:

Orderly officer, visiting mess-room. “Any Complaints?”
Driver. “Yes, sir! Look at this!” and he exhibited a plateful of rice.
O.O. “Well, what’s wrong with that.”
Driver. “Why, there’s a dozen and one maggots in it, sir.”
O.O.  “Well, you can’t blame that on the cook you know.”
Driver. “I know that sir, but they might as well cook them properly.”(3)

(1) War Diary of the Fifth Canadian Divisional Artillery. Vol. 4 (May 1917): 3. May 20, 1917. Library and Archives of Canada.
(2) War Diary, 4:3 May 21, 1917.
(3) The O.Pip. 1:3 (June 1917). 12

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