5th January (1918)

Got away for a bath this morning and obtained change of underclothes and towel, for which thanks be to Allah.  Great hullabaloo over the bacon being boiled to rags this morning; the O.C. blew the cooks up a great; in fact they got into hot water all round – an element they should be fairly used to.  As for me, I raked out a lot of scraps with my fourchette and quite enjoyed them.  The gun we salvaged yesterday was nothing but a barrel and axle of a 4.5 howitzer yet it is worth £500.  That gives an idea of the cost of the implements of war.  Each shell of a light field gun costs a couple of pounds.  The amount of stuff that can be salvaged is colossal and they’re always at it.