Extract from the diary of Capt Ferguson, 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
I only got to bed at 4 .am, so did not see the first train away, i had to be up early, however, in order to get A Coy to the station by 11 am. The men being tired slept late, and billets had to be cleaned, also a number of them had got ‘blind’ before leaving FRANCE, and were not quite recovered. But we were in a jovial mood and got away to time. We bid a fond farewell to our friends at the billets, whom we had got to know well, marching to the station, A Coy singing at the top of our voices. I found that the first train had left one officer behind, 2 Lt Harper of D Coy. It appears that all D Coy officers were having breakfast, when they saw the train departing. All ran, getting into the last truck, but poor Harper missed it, so will be in for trouble. He is a bother to us, as we have not catered for him, nor have we much room; as it is we have only third class carriages. Mills and I share one, and give the subalterns two at nights, but one of these is used during the day for cooking. We soon found that we could climb from carriage to carriage, whilst the train was in motion, so we were not dependent on halts for meals. We started up to time and found it very cold the first night, and I was glad of a petrol stove and tin of juice to warm us up.