Orderly Officer. Today the men to form the new company – No. 336 – were detailed and in the evening’s orders I was posted to command the Company.
Handed my receipts to the Adjutant. Hear privately that I am down of the list for a Company. Today at lunch the C.O. said that wastage thro’ sickness amongst our officers overseas was very high – out of 36 over there 20 are in hospital – To make good this wastage 10 officers were detailed to go to France on Tuesday = some of these officers were in civilian clothes at the beginning of the week.
Completed the handing over and got receipts signed for stores and quarters handed over – and with 6 men (30 men and sergeant returned last night) returned to Aldershot and joined the R.C.C. at Salamanca Barracks. Quite a lot of new officers have joined during my absence.
Had breakfast at the African Scottish Mess. Today buried one of the men who had been found deaad in the wood. Artillery lent gun carriage and team and bugler and Union Jack. I had charge of men forming funeral party. Three of teh man’s relatives turned up and from hospital marched behind gun carriage. I followed with men – Rev. Lamb conducted service and bugler blew Last Post. One of the relatives said how grateful they were for the way the funeral had been conducted.
Returned and carried on with handing over – handed over Block E, coal and part of Block C.
Muster of all men morning – In afternoon R.C.C. moved out. Commenced cleaning and went through – handed over Block D to Leit. Kibbin of the R.T.D. Quarters have been left in dirty condition and stores in confusion.
The R.C.C. move to Aldershot tomorrow. I am detailed with 30 men to stay behind to clean up and hand over stores and quarters.
The 332nd co. left camp for overseas.