Diary of Fred Junkin Hinkhouse largely covering his time as an orderly at U.S. Army Base Hospital No. 2 at Étretat, France. The diary begins on Jan. 26, 1917 when Hinkhouse was studying at Columbia University. He joined the U.S. Army on May 7, 1917 as an orderly with the Presbyterian Hospital unit which reached Étretat on June 1. His diary records his daily work on the wards, attendance at religious services and lectures, participation in sports, and at least one visit to Paris. There are many observations of his fellow hospital workers, patients, and the residents of Étretat.
Hinkhouse writes almost daily from Jan. 26 to Dec. 18, 1917 and then more sporadically; his last entry is on July 30, 1918. The last 56 leaves of the volume are made up of newspaper clippings, programs, postcards and photographs.
Sometime after his final entry, he entered the Saumur Artillery School and he finished his military career as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Field Artillery.