“We are all tucked away in a large shed at a certain place in the pleasant land of France and expect to move up by rail soon. We got dry by degrees on board and were quite comfortable although rough and rather cold for n hour or so. To-day is lovely. Burges and I are drinking Bock in a small brasserie. Two very amusing local soldiers are playing dominoes opposite. I think you had better pass my letters on to Mother and the people at Ashburn Place; I will write to them as often as I can but I don’t imagine we shall get very much chance until we have settled down thoroughly….”
At this stage the Battalion were billeted in Aire in Northern France just back from the Belgian border. On the 20th a number of officers moved up to visit the 1st battalion (involved in the defence of Givenchy) to get their first insight into trench warfare and it is likely that George was one of these.