Monday The year of 1917 has now passed beyond us. I have just come in from gazing upon the world Today passed comparatively quiet fairly cold The last hour of the old year in France it snowed & as the new year approached it cleared and a beautiful moon shone on the face of the earth as the dawn of the New Year broke May it be a year in which this terrible struggle will end & that the world may be once more restored to peace .. and so we enter upon 1918
Percy wrote more in the last pages of his diary.
Dec 31 1917
Jan 1. 1918
The old year has passed away and the new year has come in and no doubt when the world awakes tomorrow morning or rather this morning I will venture to say that the one great question will be ‘will it see the end of this war’ I remember quite well this time last year we had just arrived at Larkhill on the Salisbury plains for our firing practice no doubt the year in general passed as all other years full of events on sea and on land but that I will not dwell upon. As the year passed so did event happen [sic] which that those who it affected so will they remember.1 Personally speaking my health was good which is the second blessing we are capable of We went to Larkhill on the 31 [December] arriving on the first[.] in Feb we went in quarantine[.] Mar our old battery left for France[.] in April we came out of quarantine and became attached to the 55th the summer passed fairly well with training and bivouacing[.] in Aug we left for France[.] in Sept we first went into action on the line and have been in the same position since and now we are about to take up another. And now we are in the year of 1918 in which I hope this war will end[.] I made no idle resolutions but I pray that I may be guided in the right way & do my duty towards God and man and so I will draw this diary to a close wishing in my heart a happy and prosperous New Year to all and may it be a year of peace
“Father let me dedicate all this year to thee”
And on the very last page, Percy has copied two Latin phrases he has picked up somewhere.
“While we live, let us live,” and “For ever.”
1 I take this sentence to mean something like “people’s memories of events will depend on how those events affected them.”
The embroidered card without address or signature is among Percy’s papers.
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