Reveille 6am left Albert 9.45am arriving Bairyeux  at 12.35pm. The place horses are picketed is one sea of mud. It was a very cold side. 28 artymen landed today for a 3 weeks course in Signalling Classes commence tomorrow.
Visual classes commenced at 9am. Todays work consisted mainly of tests for classifying. Weather awfully cold. Billeted in tents night out in open country.
Frost seems to give a little. In bed all afternoon, not feeling well.
Weather still very cold and freezing hard. Keeping better, severe pains in legs.
Milder this morning. Had the sun all day
6 Wednesday to 10 Sunday
Another class commenced this morning, also a class of officers making five in all. These classes are not on. Visual only. They are learning jointing and repairing also cable laying and crossing. They also have ——practice and lectures on the Fullerphone and various other instruments.
Cover of snow this morning when we turned out of our tents and still snowing heavy
Weather still stormy and wet. No visual work these two days.
14 Thursday to 16 Saturday
Had another trip to Amiens. We left with motor lorry about 9.20am arriving after a cold ride, about 11 am. We had a very enjoyable day in the town and a right good bath this alone was worth the trouble. We left again at 7.10 one of the party did not turn up. Got back about 9pm.
Very cold today. Freezing hard. Pretty busy the whole day.
We had a slight cover of snow this afternoon, bitter cold and we feel it very severe in these tents. I think we would have managed very badly if it had not been the D Petrol stove we have. Got into my blankets about 3pm having finished for the day and it was so warm that I stayed there until next morning.
Just had the classes on Flag Drill for 1½ hours then finished for the day. Classes were on tests on faults on lines and instruments. Still freezing but a very fine, bright day
CDM going on leave tonight. I am acting in his place.
Sig tests for classes today. This being the last day of the course.
All sigg classes returned to their various units. Got camp all cleaned up and returned to our home lines, wind blowing a proper gale ever so many tents etc. blown down. The mud on the horse lines is without exaggeration about 1ft deep. The horses standing up to the hocks in it.
Xmas Eve. Usual stable duties. Church parade arranged for 9am. Paraded then found that service was not until Xmas Day. Making ready for the men to have dinner and tea in the village school, Bairyeux. Senior NCOs having dinner in private houses.
Reveille 6.30. Usual stables, church parade 9am. Paraded and got on to parade ground then service was cancelled. Mens dinner served at 11am. Everything went off fine. Senior NCOs were present and helped to serve the dinner then we had ours at about 3pm. After dinner back to the schoolroom until 7.30pm and spent a pleasant night. Everyman without exception thoroughly enjoyed himself.
Got all cleared away after yesterday. Stared leading chalk for the horse standings. Going up to Fricourt with OC Thursday morning to look around for taking over at an early date.
Hard frost during night. Left in car with OC at 10am for Fricourt Farm. Car broke a spring at Henencourt. I got no further so returned with car to Bairyeux. OC went on with a car from the 3rd Corps Signals.
Went up with a load of stores in motor lorry. Left here at 9.30 got up after a struggle at noon. Had a few halts en route to put cold water in cooling tank as engine was running badly and causing water to boil. Got back 3pm. Weather bad and raining heavy. Finished leading chalk today.
Weather very bad, raining heavy all day. Very little could be done to the horses except a little exercise.
Nothing special just ordinary stables and preparation for moving. I had to see to both office and horse lines. Got the horses groomed a little today as it was quite dry. This is the end of another year on active service and we are commencing the new year by moving into action on the Flers front.
 Bairyeux = Baizieux