Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Thursday, January 6, 1916

The usual routine. Stretcher bearer drill this afternoon.* Battilion [sic] singing in Recreation Room. Major Day sent after me to lead singing. [No “Major Day” in Hayes’ list of 85th’s Officers.] Downtown in evening. [Struck out in original.] Played at Officers’ Mess eveing [sic]. At a bridge party at Mrs. McDonalds 110 Tower Rd. Fine time. Very cold.

* Traditionally, regimental bands provided stretcher bearers for the battalion and were responsible for removing wounded soldiers from the battlefield. More information on stretcher bearers is available at First World War Veterans of Guysborough County, Nova Scotia.

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