To boat @ 10:30. Boat leaves @ 11 am. Voyage choppy. Arr Boulogne 12:45. Marched to Stn. Leave packs @ baggage room & go out around town visit cathedral of St Pauls, Ramparts, gardens, promenade, & pier. Spent a few hours on sands listening to the band of the French Rgt.
Had supper of 1 ½ Francs & returned to Stn @ 9 PM. Many soldiers on leave of 48 hours from the Somme.
Board train @ 10:30 PM but it does not leave until 4:40 Monday morning.
*The Battle of the Somme – One of the largest battles of the First World War from July 1st to November 18th 1916 pitting the British and French armies against the Germans. There were more than 1,000,000 casualties during the battle which was fought on both sides of the Somme River in France. The battle is notable for its use of mechanized weapons bringing about the first ever use of the tank; it was also one of the first battles where aircrafts were of great importance. The British and French armies were able to push the Germans back during this battle however their losses were extreme.