Mark Foreman (b. 24 October 1890 d. 16 June 1917) was my
grandfather's brother and only a year younger than my grandfather.
His diary is a 6" by 3", 25 line, bound, portrait
notebook with attached pencil holding loop. The 33 pages (c100 words a page)
of neat cursive script were hand-written by Mark in the months between
receiving the diary in October 1916 "as a birthday present from Alma Harris"
and the final entry in May 1917.
The diary was returned to England with the rest of
his effects after Mark's death in a field hospital near the trenches of
Northern France probably soon after the last entry.
The transcription has been made from a copy taken from
the original now held at the Imperial War Museum. For the most part I have
typed the diary as read. Grammatical and spelling errors (there were few of
these) have not in the main been amended but abbreviations and some place
names have been standardised. Punctuation throughout has been reworked.
Where I am not sure of a word I have guessed and have
shown the word in italics. Each new day and all place names are shown in
bold for easy reference. Notes by me are in [parentheses]. Map references
are from the full Michelin guide. The page breaks are shown as paragraphs.
If you can, please email me at
with any information that may shed some light on the places and events in
Mark's short war.