Miles Barne never intended that anyone beyond his family should read the Diary, lying since at his home for a hundred years and supported now by the contemporary documents he saved. A most distinctive feature is the very large number of people he met, most of whom can be identified. Miles Barne commanded a company at Loos in the most daunting circumstances and, distinctively, the men wrote asking that his exceptional conduct be drawn to the the Brigade Commander’s attention. Though exonerated, he was court martialed after the 1915 Christmas truce at Neuve Chapelle. Included here are his copies of the court martial documents.
Away from the Battalion there are intriguing vignettes of people, including the Prince of Wales and Winston Churchill, and interesting observations about the rear and base areas. One time of joyful entertainment was riding a winner in the famous race meeting on the Calais beach.