This is the diary of J.W. Pattison, 2nd Batt., H.A.C., written from France in 1916.
To commemorate him and all those who suffered in the Great War, and in the hope that mankind will never again contemplate such a war, I will be publishing his entries here daily until Dec 16th, 100 years to the day after they were written.
Leonard Cohen recites one of the best known of all WW1 poems.
Sat Dec 16/16
6.30 am. Paraded Sick. Discharge for duty. Rest. Sent divers Christmas Cards off.
2 pm. Visit by Divis, Gen. Watts.
The Route to The Somme
The 2nd Battalion HAC marched over 100 miles in the first two weeks of October 1916 and another 125 miles in November.
The Honourable Artillery Company
Incorporated by Royal Charter in 1537, The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) is one of the oldest military organisations in the world.
During the First World War, the HAC expanded to three infantry battalions and seven artillery batteries, serving mainly in France and Palestine.