On this day 27th February 1915

27.2.15 (Havre): The Battalion (less 15 & 16 Platoons under Captain Hills) entrained at GARE MARITIME in early morning.



Hills LG 1914Captain Raleigh Hills, 2nd in Command of “D” Company. Born in 1880 at Leamington in Warwickshire he died at Bakewell in 1937.


Left Havre at 5 p.m. for a place unknown 24 hours train ride and there billeted in an old barn, 16 miles from firing line, at this place we have to walk about with rifles loaded. On the retreat from Mons the Germans landed as far as here. Steenvorde is the name of the place.

[L/Cpl 1415 Alfred Afford]

We were up at 2-30 and marched on to the dock station. B Company were the fatigue party for the loading. There was only cattle trucks for the men. The whole battalion and transport were on one train. We left Havre at 6-00 a.m. The railway went through the streets at Havre. There was forty three men in the truck that I was in. The train was rather slow, in same places men could jump off the train, run after it and jump in again. At night when we tried to sleep we were in a very cramped condition. On our way we passed Rouen and I saw Gartsides by the side of the line, it made me wish that I was going there instead of where I was.

[2381 Pte. George Potter Bagshaw]