The Life History of Martin Emmet Quinn
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September 16, Monday, 1918
Morning foggy and rainy. Sighted land, the coast of England, 10:25 A.M. Afternoon cloudy but no fog. Left steamer at 5 P.M. at Liverpool and took train for South Hampton.
September 17, Tuesday, 1918
Left train at South Hampton about 8 A.M. then hiked out to a little rest camp where we had dinner and inspection. Pretty hard trip for the conditions we were in. A very poor dinner too. Hiked back about 3 P.M. and got on boat, left dock 5 P.M.
September 18, Wednesday, 1918
Landed in La Havre, France, 1:40 A.M. No sleep last night. Everyone about tired out owing to close quarters. We cleaned up boat and started for a camp about 9 A.M., about five kilometers hike. The boys began falling out after first half hours tramp. They fell out all along - clear out. All uphill with full pack.
September 19, Thursday, 1918
Left camp for train 1 P.M. They loaded us on a boxcar 2:10 P.M. Left Le Havre about 5 P.M.
September 20, Friday, 1918
Rode on train all day, like riding in a pine box with about ten more. Awful crowded. No place to rest or sleep. The usual thing.
September 21, Saturday, 1918
Left train about 11 A.M. Arrived in our new quarters about 11:30 A.M. at an old Catholic Monastery in which we were billeted. It was built about 1600. That made it of 300 years old. It had been shot down in some of the old wars a couple times and rebuilt. It had broken glass set in cement on the walls that surrounded it. Chancelade is the name of place.
September 22, Sunday, 1918
Sunday morning in France. Raining. I went to mass, 10:20. The priest gave us a little blessing. I noticed that all the paintings on the wall had been cut out of frames and sewed in again.
September 23, Monday, 1918
Blackberrying in morning. Hike in afternoon, rainy.
September 24, Tuesday, 1918
Squads right Co. Drill. Physical drill.
September 25, Wednesday, 1918
The usual drill in morning. Inspection by general. He gave us quite a little talk in which he told us we were to be a combat division.
September 26, Thursday, 1918
Usual drill in morning. Hair cut, bath in afternoon, then play hour which was harder work than drill.
September 27, Friday, 1918
Usual drill in morning. Hike to Parigo in afternoon.
September 28, Saturday, 1918
Singing and squads right inspection company drill.
September 29, Sunday, 1918
Bulgaria has capitulated. Beginning of the end, I hope.
September 30, Monday, 1918
Have had pretty hard drilling so far since our arrival here.
October 1, Tuesday, 1918
Signed pay roll once again.
October 2, Wednesday, 1918
After noon, four hours hike by battalion.
October 5, Saturday, 1918
Battalion review by Major.
October 6, Sunday, 1918
False report that Germany capitulated.
October 9, Wednesday, 1918
Have taken the dysentery. Awful bad from the 9th until 12th. A French lady called me in her house and gave me some peppermint tea on the 11th. On light duty.
October 13, Sunday, 1918
Feeling a little better. Another false report about Germany. Fired ten rounds on Browning machine gun.
October 14, Monday, 1918
Feeling pretty good although pretty weak. Fired 60 rounds. Received helmet and heavy underwear.
October 15, Tuesday, 1918
Big wreck last night at Chancelade. A lot of men killed and hurt. Rainy. Inside today spent on guns.
October 17, Thursday, 1918
Wrote Alice. Fired on range. Rained, so came in at nine o'clock. Inside the rest of the day.
October 18, Friday, 1918
October 19, Saturday, 1918
Beginning of the Spanish flu.
October 20, Sunday, 1918
Paid 391 Francs. Feeling pretty sick.
October 28, Monday, 1918
Quite a lot of the sick boys going to hospital and some of them dying. Makes a fellow realize how small, and he is. I am feeling pretty sick and discouraged. I wonder if I will ever get back home.
October 29, Tuesday, 1918
Over 100 of the boys packed up and left.
November 1, Friday, 1918
Paid 143 Francs 50 centimes.
November 3, Sunday, 1918
Have been pretty sick since Oct. 19th. Feeling better today although very weak. Marked duty today to keep from Hospital.
November 4, Monday, 1918
Drill in morning. Polishing billets in afternoon.
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