Friday Weather remains cold and clear. This afternoon it became colder and a bitter N.E. wind blew it became milder during the night. Fritz was searching and one or two dropped in our immediate vicinity we are preparing to move to another position
The Battery historian tells us that the 3rd Canadian Division “quite naturally wanted to have their own artillery behind them,” (1) and so some changes of position were to be carried out, to consolidate the 5th CDA on the right, and the 3rd on the left on the stretch of front held by the Canadians.
Today is the day that Percy’s friend Bert Livermore is discharged from hospital three months after sustaining a gunshot wound, and sent on furlough until January 7th. He is heading for Elstead and his wife Ada. A week ago he was examined and declared “free from Vermin, Venereal or Infectious Diseases,” and assigned to the medical category D1. At the end of his leave, he is to report to 2nd Command, Bramshott.
The medical categories were set up this year to classify men according to their level of fitness for service. There were five:
- A: those fit for active service or would be fit as soon as deficiencies in training, condition, or age were overcome
- B: men who were fit for various kinds of work, but not on the front lines
- C: men who would stay in England
- D: men who had been discharged from hospital and were expected to regain full fitness within six months
- E: everyone else; they might expect to be discharged on medical grounds. (2)
(1) MacArthur, D.C. The History of the Fifty-Fifth Battery, CFA. 1919. 25
(2) MacPhail, Andrew. The Medical Services. Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War 1914-1919. Ottawa, 1925. 207-208