Tuesday (7 August 1917)

The new O. C. Colonel Standish is a martinet.  He has extended the drill hours up to 5 p.m. so that one has no time for a rest and clean up before tea.  If he could hear the names he is called he would turn green.  R. and I went roaming in the gloaming.  I did a sketch and he made an amazing attempt on a piece of writing paper.  After that we strolled down a lane not previously explored and had a half pint at the “Rose Inn”.

It seems bad management not training us all in driving if we have to be drivers in France.  Most gunners don’t know the first thing about it – to stick on a horse is a minor detail for as the instructor says, “when you have fallen off heavily once or twice you take care not to do it again”.