30th December 1917 Sunday

Homeward bound for extended leave

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“On the 30th December I was gleefully motored to Steenwerke where I got the 11.11 a.m. leave train. As usual the journey to the coast was long and painfully tiresome. Boulogne was reached at 6 p.m. I chummed up with a Rifle Brigade officer, and we got rooms for the night in the ‘Hotel de Paris’. We enjoyed an excellent dinner at the Folkestone Hotel where we encountered a lot of American officers including General Wood.”

This was the start of 17 days’ leave for Douglas.  Follow our blog to see upcoming posts as to why he was able to be away from the Front for so long.

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