Transcription of 1915 Royal Exchange Diary
In 1915 Harry Colebourn used two separate pocket diaries. The majority of the entries were made in the other 1915 diary. The Royal Exchange Diary was used for several signficant periods which are transcrbed here.
At Fleurbaix all day. Went to Armentieres also went [illegible]. Battle Neuve Chapple.
Inspection [illegible] Went Rounds. Saw Big Guns.
Went Rounds. Went Armentiers. Inspected shoeing 8th Bttn.
Went Rounds. Not feeling well. Find horses with [illegible].
Went Rounds. Feeling better.
Made Reports. Went Rounds.
Went to Armentiers also went Rounds. Examined wagon wheels some not geared regularly.
Examined [illegible]. In Trenches all morning. Rounds in Afternoon.
Visit Rounds. Examine 10 Bttn. shoeing.
Went Rounds & Armentieres. [illegible] got Ring.
Went Rounds. Examine Harness.
Went Rounds. Made Reports.
Moved to Estaires.
Visited Battallions. Pay day.
At Estaires. Bishop Ingram London spoke to Canadian Troops 6-30 P.M. Little [illegible] give cup of coffee to Sentry.
Went Rounds. Visited Col. [illegible] sick horse Fleurbaix. Called at hospital for lunch.
Went Rounds. Sent 4 horses to mobile section. Col McHay's charger died Tetanus.
General Currie [illegible] horses. Bombs dropped on Town aeroplane. Market Day.
Making diary. Bombs (aeroplane) dropped 10-30 in Estaires. A.D.V.S. visits Hdqrs horses. 3 horses found unfit for service.
Visit Fleurbaix A.M. [illegible] Horse P.M. went Rounds.
Made Rounds A.M. Lunch with Ogogarty Roast Pigeon. ARMENTIERS P.M. Bon Fille XXX.
Left Estaires for Steenvoorde. Brigadier's horse left behind.
At Steenvoorde visit [illegible] Bttn.
At Steenvoorde. [illegible] 5th, 7th & 8 Bttn.
Visit Transport Lines.
Visit A.D.V.S. OXAZIARE. Visit Cassel.Weather fine.
Visit Transport Lines. Called to see Walsh at ----. Had supper with madamoselle.
Visit Lines. Went to Winnezeele.
Visit Madamoselle at night.
Left Steenvoorde for Popperinge. [illegible] Troops enter Trenches. Had dinner at Ypres.
Moved back to Ypres from WEILTZE to Ypres. Capt. Edgett joins us at Ypres.
Visit Horse Lines. Capt. Edgett arrives at 9 P.M. Sleep together. Sent sick Reports.
At Ypres. Visit Rounds. Canadian Troops Terrific Bombardment of German lines. Visit madamoselle in afternoon.
Visit Lines. Germans bombard Canadians. Visit [illegible] evening. Had bath.
For April 19 - April 24, 1915 see the 1915 Diary Transcriptions.
Stayed with Ogogarty. Much fighting. Many killed. Germans shell Popperinge.
Severe fighting all Day. Visit Lines in morning. Bombs drop on Popperinge. Close call in afternoon with Dixon.
Visit Horse Lines. Severe fighting continues. Popperinge again bombarded. Many killed and wounded.
Visit Horse Lines. Fighting continues many killed & wounded.
Visit Horse Lines. Fighting again [illegible] afternoon. [illegible] not removed.
Visit Lines. Quiet day. Chat with German Prisoners. Got Button at Vlamertinge.
Visit Lines. German spies brought into Poperinghe men & women. Still shelling Vlamertinge.
Visit Lines. Remove bullet from horse. Germans shell Vlmertinge.
Visit Lines. Moved from mobile Sect to 10th Bttn. Slept in Blanket Tent.
Raining at night.
Left 10th Bttn back to Old house on Poperinghe Rd. Visit Fiance after supper.
Visit Headqrs. A.M. 9 P/M/ left for [illegible]. (Shells falling all around). [illegible] in ditch. Landed back to house 2 A.M.
Left Ypres for Merris via Bailleul. Rejoined Hdqrs.
At Merris. Visit Lines. Billet at Grocery Store. [illegible] Bon Fille.
Visit Strazeele A.M. Visit Bailleul afternoon. Stand by at Merris all day. Paid 46 Francs [illegible] mess.
Visit Lines A.M. Inspiring speech by Gen. Alderson. Write letters P.M. to Canada.
Visit Lines. Sent Bankbook to London. Met A.D.V.S. mear Merris.
Visit Hdqrs. Lines also Transport lines. Taker over Transport of 1st Canadian Mounted Bgde.
Went Rounds A.M. P.M. went to Vailleul visit Walsh not at home. Rec'd letters from Ritchie, Reid, [illegible] Card.
Visit Lines at Merris. Found 1 gold Round on road.
Left Merris for Roebec via Merville all night march. Arive Roebec 4 A.M. Sat MORN. Keepsakes.
At Roebec all Day. Inspect shoeing 5 Bttn.
At Robecq. Visited Lillers and bought a watch. Standing by all day.
Left Robecq for Rocon. Visited German prisoners in afternoon.
At Locon all day. Left Rocon for Trenches near La Basse 5-30 P.M.
Left farm S. of Locon for Farm near Trenches.
Visit Lines A.M. P.M. went to Locon after supper. Gramaphone concert with Edgett at small Farm.
Visit Lines. Went to Bethune A.M. Big attach. Shells bursting all around farm at night.
Visit Lines. German Prisoners at Hdqrs captured by 2nd Bgde.
Visited Transport Lines. Bethune in afternoon. Shells drop in Bethune.
Visit Lines. Visited A.D.V.S. at HINGES. Visted Bethune afternoon. XX. Saw many wounded at hospital.
Visit Lines. Visit Bethune afternoon. Shell dropped on horse lines. 1 killed one injured 5.
Went to Bethune. Visit Lines. Removed Transport close to Bethune.
Visit Lines. Wento to Bethune with Capt. Walsh.
Visit Transport Lines. Made sick report to A.D.V.S. Started on diary.
Making Diary. Visit Transport Lines P.M. Bethune P.M. with Madamoselle.
[illegible] in Tent [illegible] reading. Visit Bethune P.M. also A.D.V.S. and mobile section.
Finish Diary. Went to hinges P.M. Met A.D.V.S. [illegible].
Left Essars for Beauvey. Arrived 5-30 P.M.
Visit Lines. Fix Vet [illegible for 1st C.M.B. Went to Bethune P.M.
Visit Lines A.M. Rode Arab stallion. Shrapnell hit Tent.
Visit 1st C.M.B. Lines. [illegible]. Under shellfire all Day
Visit Lines. Went to Bethune P.M. Standing by all day. Shell kills 2 women and 1 child close by.
Leve Waterloo Bridge for [illegible] via Bethune. [illegible]
Visit Lines A.M. had lunch at 10th Bttn. [illegible] Thunderstorm. Visit [illegible].
Visit Engineers. Turn over 1st C.M. Bgde to Capt. Edgett at Bethune.
Visit Lines. Visit Bethune.
Visit Lines. Visit LILLIERS [illegible].
Visit Lines. Lunch at Bethune. Test horse Mallein. O.K.
Visit A.D.V.S. Vendin St. Bethune.
Visit Lines. Dinner at Bethune.
Visit Lines also A.D.V.S. & Field Cashier. Bethune P.M> Standing by all Day.
Prepare to move to Trenches. Leave 9:15 arrive LEPROEL 23-30 OK.
Making Reports. Visit A.D.V.S. also V.M.S. Bethune. Met Major Dingwall canal Bank near Bethune. Saw him off at station for England.
Visit Lines. Lunch at Bethune. Sold Black horse to Mr. Brothers.
Visit Lines. Sent cart to Engineers to be fixed. Dinner at Bethune. Not feeling well.
Visit Lines at Leproel. O.K.
Moved from Leproel to Bethune.
Visit Lines. Bethune afternoon.
Lunch with Gen SEELEY M.P. Standing by all day. Left Bethune for Estaires via Lestrem 9-30 P.M.
All night at Estaires. Leave Estaires 9 P.M. for Steene arrive midnight. Also [illegible] Bethune.
Left STEENEE for Pont Petit via [illegible] at 2-30 arrive at 7 P.M.
Not feeling good. Make Reports. [illegible].
Visit Lines A.M. ARMENTIERS P.M. with Dixon. [illegible[ horse.
Visit Lines. Went to NIEPPE P.M.
Making Diary all morning. Visit Lines P.M. also visit ARMENTIERS.
Visit Lines A.M. P.M. Field Day 2nd Filed Ambulance at ROMARIN. Judge Transport horses.
Making [illegible] Report. Visit Bailleul P.M.
Visit Lines. Armentiers P.M. with DIRKIN.
Visit Lines. Rest in afternoon
For transcriptions of July 5 through December 7, 1915, see the 1915 Diary Transcriptions.
Left Leeds for London 2-30 arrived 6-30 P.M.
In London all day.
For transcriptions of diary entries until the end of the year, see the 1915 Diary Transcriptions.