Pay Day

May 31, 1918 – Full diary entry:

“B Co. won everything in the contests today. Muster in P.M. Rec’d pay for April. Everyone drunk. Received 51 [francs]. Sold my watch for 55 [francs].

Will send 100 [francs] to Elinore.

Call to arms at 11:30 P.M.

Air Raids.”


A lot to unpack here, but again, I have very little to go on. What kind of contests were they competing in? What was he reading in letters from Elinore that made him so anxious to raise as much money as possible to send to her?


This eBay listing shows the pay book each soldier carried, documenting the dates and amounts they were paid.

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Where was Robert today? See the timeline.

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