24th April

Last night we had several changes of orders;

First we were to turn out at some ungodly hour 4am, eventually it was changed to 7am.

We marched 6 miles to Aire, put on a train and were taken to DOULLENS arriving at 4pm.  Here we were told we were to join the 86th Brigade forming part of the 29th Division (of Gallipoli fame).  We are to replace the Munster Fusiliers who are being withdrawn on account of shortage of Irish recruits -………

We were greeted with information that we must march fifteen miles to MAILLY-MALLET. I went on in a car to arrange billets, the battalion did not get in till past midnight.  The men were dead beat but quite cheerful