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Sunday 1st January Saturday 14th. January Saturday 28th. January
New Year`s Day Work in morn: Garage in aft Work in morn: to Ports by 2.32
To Hall. Stocks & home about Club in even - s.f.a. Ev & Dave - quite good ret
1/30. Sleep in aft. & to 10.14.
Birdham for tea etc by bus: Sunday 15th. January
retd 9.33 bus. Club etc. in morn: Beresford Sunday 29th. January
Rd in aft & even Club in morn - Dinner invites
Monday 2nd January bed after lunch
Work: Club in even - s.f.a. & Monday 16th. January
Nags Head & Snack Bar. Work: Yeomanry in even Monday 30th. January
Comm Mtg etc. Work: PAD test in even:
Tuesday 3rd January Extraord Gen Mtg.
Work: Ladies Night Commee Tuesday 17th. January
Mtg. Dolphin & Regnum Club. Work Ladies Night Comm. & Tuesday 31st. January
then Club. Work: Stock taking at Club in
Wednesday 4th January even
Work: stroll round & N H fff. Wednesday 18th. January
Work: last of teeth out & Club Wednesday 1st. February
Thursday 5th January in even Work: Club - draft rules etc.
Work: To Ports in aft - Trades
Directory - & Birdham in even. Thursday 19th. January Thursday 2nd. February
cold again. Work: Took Ma to Drive & to Work: 38 installation Dinner -
Birdham quite good.
Friday 6th January
Work: office for hour in even & Friday 20th. January Friday 3rd. February
roaming round etc. Work: L of I in even. SW for Work: C. H. returned : L of I.
1st. officers : took Austin down &
Saturday 7th January left it there. retd with D. Turner
Work in morn: Kirby Road for Saturday 21st. January
party - retd 12.00 Work in morn: mended Saturday 4th. February
puncture in aft & bath Ladies Work in morn: Lodge in aft -
Sunday 8th. January Night Comm & Club Allen & S.L Whitting as guests
Club in morn (stock) Coles in Rands son drove
aft & even, & stroll round. Sunday 22nd. January
Table Plan in morn. for Ladies Sunday 5th. February
Monday 9th. January Evening. To Selsey in aft & Bath & Club in morn: Cycle
Work: Drill in even - Birdham in even. Wet windy round bypass in aft & Birdham
day in even.
Tuesday 10th. January
Work Ladies Commee @ 6.15 Monday 23rd. January Monday 6th. February
& Club after Work: Drill - PAD in even. Work: Drill in even & Commee
Mtg in even.
Wednesday 11th. January Tuesday 24th. January
Work: O/T with CGB till 7.30 & Work: Nags etc. Tuesday 7th. February
Club after. V.T. did not turn Work: Selsey in even to fetch
up. Wednesday 25th. January car.
Work: Ladies Evening v.g.
Thursday 12th. January Wednesday 8th. February
Work: Took Ma St. Barts - no Thursday 26th. January Drill in even - signals.
drive & to Birdham. Work: Tired 38 L of I in even
Thursday 9th. February
Friday 13th. January Friday 27th. January Work: s.f.a. in even
Work: Lodge in even - Work: L of I - WM for 1st:
Emergency 3rd. - JD of course Maurice up - cold Friday 10th. February
Ingrey drove - to Rands till Work: Signal lecture in even..
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Saturday 11th. February Thursday 23rd. February Thursday 9th. March
Work in morn: Run round Work: O/T in even, & hung Work: took Ma etc. to Whist
Bognor etc. in aft: bath, & about for V.T. Drive at Lancastrian School, &
Club in even & Snack Bar to Birdham.
Friday 24th. February
Sunday 12th. February Work: no drill Friday 10th. March
Garage in morn lights etc & Work: to Selsey - full Lodge.
run round Pulboro & Midhur Saturday 25th. February 3rd. & 2nd. Drove.
etc in aft: Cycled to Birdham, Work in morn: office in aft. &
in even, no one there & so to Gosport after tea. Saturday 11th. March
Midhur ( U. Lyd) in even via Work in morn: walk etc.
Car. Sunday 26th. February Stockbridge. Bath. Club in
Field Day at G`ssbury Ring. even & met V.T. trip round.
Monday 13th. February Retd 4.00 Birdham on bike
Work: Drill in even: Recd letter after Sunday 12th. March
from Erica Field Day at Findon etc V.G.
Monday 27th. February retd Chi @ 7.00 To Birdham
Tuesday 14th. February Work: Drill in even - O/T too, after.
Work: Club - stocktaking in for hr. to Emsworth in morn:
even: Ev up. To Earnley in aft Monday 13th. March
(Stevens Bro)) Tuesday 28th. February Work: Drill in even after writing
Work: O/T for hr. & then Club AHS.
Wednesday 15th. February
Work: took Ma to drive at Mrs. Wednesday 1st. March Tuesday 14th. March
Southwells, & to Birdham Work in morn: To Portsmouth: Work: O/T in even & then
Auntie Alice`s funeral Nags Head
Thursday 16th. February
Work: Brighton - Yeom lecture Thursday 2nd.March Wednesday 15th. March
in even: Cover drove Retd Work: O/T in even to make up Work: No Club - met V.T. &
12.00 for Wed aft trip out in car
Friday 17th. February Friday 3rd. March Thursday 16th. March
Work: Yeom in even - Signal Work: L of I in even - Ingrey Work: St. Richard`s Lodge in
instruction drove. To Yeom after. even & Dolphin after
Saturday 18th. February Saturday 4th. March Friday 17th. March
Work in morn: Gardening in Work in morn: wet & back to Work: L of I in even - SW in
aft. Yeom. dinner in even Office in aft: Club etc. in even 1st. Rands Drove - Cold
- Ev & Bob up
Sunday 19th. February Saturday 18th. March
Garage in morn: drove Ma to Sunday 5th. March Work in morn: Garage in aft
Ports Hospital in aft - Birdham To Garage in morn clean up cleaning car etc Ev up in
to tea: brought Ben & Auntie etc. Selsey in aft & Alan`s even, & Club. Ran Ev back.
Ruth in, for train christening.
Sunday 19th. March
Monday 20th. February Monday 6th. March Redrew Yeomanry a/cs in
Work: Bton in even for drill - Work: Selsey Cinema a/cs. morn: Selsey folk up for day:
drove over, Sherrys. O/T to 7. 30 & then Pompey stroll round Bognor Bridge in
for IT lecture at Savoy. aft: wrote Billie & Erica: in
Tuesday 21st. February even
Work: To Regnum Club etc Tuesday 7th. March
and Inman play billiards Work: Roaming round in even Monday 20th. March
& O/T - voluntary. fff Work: Earnley in aft: Drill in
Wednesday 22nd. February even:
Ash Wednesday Wednesday 8th. March
Work: to Portsmouth in even. Work: Roaming round Club &
Corp of Accnts Mtg at Central fff
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Tuesday 21st. March Monday 3rd. April Saturday 15th. April
Work - Midhurst: Albery & To work: Drill in even - Work till 11.00 & then Crawley
Lucas, & Goldrings Rands - maintainence Point - to - Point recruiting
Ladies Evening Commee & Rode BSA m/c from
Regnum after # Rands Tuesday 4th. April Storrington back: met Ev. later
Work: O/T for /2 hr. Club etc etc
Wednesday 22nd. March in even.
Work: Roam round in even & Sunday 16th. April
Nags Head, till 10.00 Wednesday 5th. April Garage in morn, after bath.
Work: O/T again about /2 hr. Office in aft: Birdham after tea.
Thursday 23rd. March
Work - Midhurst again - Thursday 6th. April Monday 17th. April
Maides Goldrings, Williams Work. Bognor (Haygates) in Work Bton in even for drill.
(Easebne). etc. To Birdham aft: to Birdham for /2 hr & waste - by train
with Doris: Ma to Drive. Club
Tuesday 18th. April
Friday 24th. March Friday 7th. April Work Ev up in even - pub
Work L of I in even - Turner Good Friday crawl - v.g. Nags etc. Cycled
drove - JW for 3rd. To Woolwich by 8.52 train: part way down
Bexley Heath in even & AHS
Saturday 25th. March ran me back. Wednesday 19th. April
Work in morning: allotment in Work: club etc in even.
aft & Gosport in even - round Saturday 8th. April
to St. Mary`s Avenue. Parades in morning: Town in Thursday 20th. April
aft v.g. - roam round etc Work: Recruiting Parade in
Sunday 26th. March Chandos, Criterion retd by taxi market in even Ev up - Nags
Field Day at Findon: darn etc
cold: drove gun lorry home - Sunday 9th. April
retd 8.30 Easter Sunday Friday 21st. April
####Shapwick in even Les Work: Emergency 3rd. in
Monday 27th. March etc stayed night even: drove
Work: Drill in even - gas
chamber test Monday 10th. April Saturday 22nd. April
Easter Monday Work in morn: Findon in aft -
Tuesday 28th. March Up early but missed 1 signallers checking gear. Retd
Work: Birdham in even To Parade Packing up & home: 6.00 Ev up, & roam round &
Ship at Itchenor. arr. 6.00. roam round & Nags Club later
Wednesday 29th. March Sunday 23rd. April
Work: Roaming round & called Tuesday 11th. April Field day at Findon - not too
on Geof Bailey Work again: Club after letter bad but raining: retd 7.00
writing etc Bath. & strolled round after
Thursday 30th. March
Work: Took Ma to Drive Took Wednesday 12th. April Monday 24th. April
stock at Club Work: to see Rands, to Work: Drill in even rec. grd.
Friday 31st. March
Work: Club & signal lecture in Thursday 13th. April Tuesday 25th. April
even. Work: To Midhurst in aft Allin Work: Wiston & Ashington in
Bros retd 7.30 to Drive & Club even. Geof Harsly & Stephen
Saturday 1st. April etc Knight
Work in morn: Garage in aft
on brakes. Drayton in even, Friday 14th. April Wednesday 26th. April
for Whist Drive Work: Selsey L of I in even. Work O/T in even till 9.30.
took Ma & Doris down Club after
Sunday 2nd. April
Garage again in morn general
& brakes. Bath in aft & to
Birdham for tea etc (Car)
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Thursday 27th. April Wednesday 10th. May Friday 26th. May
Work: Club & Nags Head in Work: O/T till 8.00. no VT. - Maintainance & general
even Club etc messing around all day. Oke
in even after bath
Friday 28th. April Thursday 11th. May
Work: Selsey - L of I Supper - Work: met V.T. - trip out - v.g. Saturday 27th. May
v.g. Retd 11.30. Turner drove S.f.a. in morn: Plymouth in aft
Friday 12th. May by coach v.g. Retd 1.30
Saturday 29th. April Work: O/T in even, after
Work in morn: Club in aft - Petworth for day. Sunday 28th. May
taking stock from Bushley & Whit Sunday
Webster: Ports in even to see Saturday 13th. May Church Parade in morn: hike
Cupwinners come home Retd Work: O/T in aft: Washgton in over Yes Tor in aft and even.
12.00 even - Stillwell & Ivy. v.g.
Sunday 30th. April Sunday 14th. May Monday 29th. May
Club in morn handing over to B’ton for signal Whit Monday
Jerry Cousins Wet day - but to classification:Retd 5.00 & S.f.a. in morn & scheme in aft
Bordon With Norman's family roam round - stayed in in even.
Monday 15th. May Tuesday 30th. May
Monday 1st. May Work O/T before drill. Firing retd 5.00ish - supper at
Work: O/T before Drill Cottage
Tuesday 16th. May
Tuesday 2nd. May Work: O/T in even. Wednesday 31st. May
Work: Midhurst in aft - & even Reveille 5.30 Firing late return
- called on Una. & to Easebne Wednesday 17th. May - supper at Cottage
Drill Hall Work: O/T in even Drill Hall
after. Thursday 1st. June
Wednesday 3rd. May Marching drill & general
Work: Office again in even & Thursday 18th. May fatigues - Sth Zeal in even &
Club after Ascension Day Batty (390 again) binge
Work: O/T in even, &
Thursday 4th. May Friday 2nd. June
Work: O/T in even - wrote Friday 19th. May Out all day - till 7.30 - hot -
AHS, etc met Vi, & talking - Work: O/T in even, & Club packing etc in even
no go at 9.15: Nags, met Bob
Whitting & to Dolphin Saturday 20th. May Saturday 3rd. June
Work in morn: Club in aft Home by Mr. Todd's car - in
Friday 5th. May taking stock, & to Camp in Chi 4.15. Selsey. for
Work: L of I in even - JD 1st even: arr 7.00. installation etc.
Sunday 21st. May Sunday 4th. June
Saturday 6th. May Settling down in Camp - Quiet day - Drill Hall in morn:
Work in morning: Lodge in aft Military Police in even. bath in aft & Birdham in even
- Allen & Sisters - retd 10.15 & about 8.30.
Club Monday 22nd. May
Class in morn: Scheme in aft. Monday 5th. June
Sunday 7th. May Oke with Cover in even. WORK again: very hot Club in
Brighton & Firle - Signallers even after few mins O/T.
Day but over in 47mins. Tuesday 23rd. May
Birdham in even Class in morn: Scheme in aft: Tuesday 6th. June
stayed in even - Naafi. Work: back office in even for a
Monday 8th. May while
Work: Drill in even after O/T Wednesday 24th. May
Scheme all day. Oke in even Wednesday 7th. June
Tuesday 9th. May Work: office & Drill Hall
Work: O/T in even, & roam Thursday 25th. May
round Scheme all day. Oke in even
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Thursday 8th. June Wednesday 21st. June Tuesday 4th. July
Work: Office & Nags Head in Work: Drill - Instr. class Work: Birdham in even: out
even with Dad in morn:
Thursday 22nd. June
Friday 9th. June Work: wrote 2 or 3 letters in Wednesday 5th. July
Work: Office - Yeomanry even & out, stroll round Work: Drill in even -
work: trip out with Car but Goodwood (7 dials )
radiator leaked: Club Friday 23rd. June
Work: AHS came over in even Thursday 6th. July
Saturday 10th. June - stroll round etc & Club later - Work: Wrote Les. & to
Work in morn bathe in aft - Ev 10ish Birdham: ma to drive
& David: they came up in even
- David's last night - beerho. Saturday 24th. June Friday 7th. July
Ran them back Work in morn: Selsey re New Work: Club in even 7 to 11.
Car: tea at Ada's - Bath &
Sunday 11th. June Club in even & Snack Bar Saturday 8th. July
Garage - radiator trouble - after Work: fff in aft & office typing
Selsey to fetch Ada etc Office Expl. GL Certif Club in even
for short while & then Birdham Sunday 25th. June etc v.g.
- cycle Club - stock in morn: bath etc
in aft - Birdham ( no luck) & Sunday 9th. July
Monday 12th. June Bognor in even - Crown Garage in morning & Club
Work: Club etc - no drill: Winchester & Gosport. retd
Monday 26th. June Chi 10.30.
Tuesday 13th. June Work: Club in even, checking
Work: stroll round with Bayley, wireless Monday 10th. July
after little O/T. Work: Drill in even - Trundle
Tuesday 27th. June
Wednesday 14th. June Work: Birdham in even Cycle - Tuesday 11th. July
Work: Instruction class for Lamb etc. Work: Horsham in even Retd
signallers in even 10.30
Wednesday 28th. June
Thursday 15th. June Work: Drill - up at Stoke - filthy Wednesday 12th. July
Work: to Birdham - with Doris: night - drove 30# - what a Work: Drill in even: Recreation
she drove back & I came back game Grd
Thursday 29th. June Thursday 13th. July
Friday 16th. June Work: Birdham via Car - Work: Birdham in even - cycle
Work: Club etc in even & Connie Gladys etc & round Lamb
generally Wigs etc - v.g.
Friday 14th. July
Saturday 17th. June Friday 30 June Work: with Ev & Sidlesh &
Work in morn: Birdham & Work: Runcton in aft Marcus Lamb
Earnley in aft & Ev up in even Chambers - Selsey L of I in
even, & got new Austin Saturday 15th. July
Sunday 18th. June Work: Ashgtn in aft self & Club
Office for little while & Club Saturday 1st. July in even
Sleep in aft - & Gosport after Work: Selsey - Lodge - took
tea Ev. & brought him back. 2nd. Sunday 16th. July
& 1st. To Wembley for day. Saw
Monday 19th. June Les: retd 11.15 Chi
Work: Club later in even: Sunday 2nd. July
Bognor, Haygates in aft Out with Doris & Billie in morn: Monday 17th. July
& again with do. & Ma in aft & Work: Runcton in aft Drill in
Tuesday 20th. June all in even: to Birdham later even, on 7 & 3
Work: Birdham in even - Lamb
Monday 3rd. July Tuesday 18th. July
Work: Drill in even - up to Work: Club - stock taking etc
Trundle with 7 & 3. in even
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Wednesday 19th. July Tuesday 1st. August Monday 14th. August
Work: Took Sig. Parade - Work: Birdham in even - cycle. Work: Gosport to take Bert
lecture on vehicles & Lamb back
Wednesday 2nd. August Tuesday 15th. August
Thursday 20th. July Work: to Washgton (Putticks) Work: Garage, seeing to
Work: to Petworth (Woolfords) in even: retd 11.30 Clutch. Nags after
in aft: took Phyllis Parker over
- retd 5.30. to Birdham via Car Thursday 3rd. August Wednesday 16th. August
- Ev out Work: Ebberzine genl mtg in Work: Witterings, Ma & Dad &
aft & to Woolgars. B'dham by Connies.
Friday 21st. July bike in even - Lamb
Work: Birdham after tea, & Thursday 17th. August
Eliza's - Stormy evening Friday 4th. August Work: Carter came over from
Work: O/T in even - Yeef(?) I. B'ton - Gdwd etc
Saturday 22nd. July T. Retn Bognor after, England,
Work in morn: Midhurst etc in Hall etc Friday 18th. August
aft: bath & Club etc in even & Work: Billie etc to tea & trip
to Crown about 10.00 Saturday 5th. August out; Lamb after
Work in morn: Bath garage in
Sunday 23rd. July aft: Gosport after tea pub Saturday 19th. August
Garage in morn: out with Dad crawl later Work in morn & aft. Selsey, &
for little way Lancing & Club after
Washington in even saw Tom Sunday 6th. August
Lee - Warsash in morn; in in Sunday 20th. August
Monday 24th. July aft & stroll round Southsea in Garage cleaning up etc. Office
Work: Drill in even - getting even. in aft; Selsey folk up. round
out Scheme for Sunday Gdwd & to Donnington Hot
Monday 7th. August
Tuesday 25th. July Bank Holiday Monday 21st. August
Work: back to Office - Read S.f.a. in morn (Vine) Haslar & Work: Bognor etc. in even &
Bros a/cs - cleared Stokes Bay etc in aft Retd in Club later
Wednesday 26th. July Tuesday 22nd. August
Work: Drill in even: Recruits Tuesday 8th. August Work: to Club for Stock but
Work: O/T in even & Club postponed it. Met V.T.
Thursday 27th. July
Work: DH in even - wire for Wednesday 9th. August Wednesday 23rd. August
Sunday Work: Drill (bar!!) in even: Work: Stock at Club in even
Nags with Bert P.
Friday 28th. July Thursday 24th. August
Work: DH & Nags in even Thursday 10th. August Work: finished Club Stock in
Work: wet day & so even
Saturday 29th. July Exchange, & Nags
Work: bath in aft & to Wiston - Friday 25th. August
Scotts Wthg in even: Retd Chi Friday 11th. August Work: Key Party of 390 called
10.30 Work: trip out in even, & to up
Lamb with Bert.
Sunday 30th. July Saturday 26th. August
Field Day at Ashgton: Bognor Saturday 12th. August Work in morn: work in aft.
to fetch Les & Wyeth Retd Chi Work in morn: to Stn with Club & Nags in even met
8.30. Nags after Doris in aft & Bosham. Doris 11.02 train
Arundel & Lamb in even
Monday 31st. July Sunday 27th. August
Work: Selsey in even Nags on Sunday 13th. August Bathe in morn: Canteen etc in
Retn Garage in morn: & Billies: aft & Gosport after tea.
Gdwd in aft & Rands to tea.
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Monday 28th. August Sunday 10th. September Friday 22nd. September
Work: CH returned. Canteen P.T. & marching Home by Got Lorries off & parade drill.
in even (Pallant) 12.06 for 24 hrs Bath in aft & Beer party etc in even
School house Birdham in even
Tuesday 29th. August & to Nags Saturday 23rd. September
Work: Nags Head in even Route March in morn - wrote
Monday 11th. September E in aft (tried) Evening at
Wednesday 30th. August W & H in morn etc & ret Wthg Steyne & Scott came down.
Work: Nags Head in even & 10.44 Heard from Erica. V.G.
stroll round Checking signal kit etc.
Dolphin & S down in even Sunday 24th. September
Thursday 31st. August Church Parade & off for day.
Work: N. Pallant in even - bath Tuesday 12th. September Wrote E & post Steyne in
& packed for Mobilisation Parades - wireless. Crawl even. good party
around in even;
Friday 1st. September Monday 25th. September
Reported N. Pallant - Wednesday 13th. To S'ton & aboard boat off to
Mobilised. Telephone duty in September France - at m'night
even P.T. & then 2nd. inoculation -
off for 24 hrs, Wrote Erica, & Tuesday 26th. September
Saturday 2nd. September bed early Arr. Cherbourg. mucked
Whyke House etc. Selsey in Thursday 14th. September about all day: off at 10.15
aft for Lodge Shopping & Parades - wireless - tired:
beering in even. Slept home Dolphin in even with Les - Wednesday 27th.
Sunday 3rd. September Arr. Courguins: route march in
Whyke House & N Pallant. To Friday 15th. September aft & cookhse fatigues.
Worthing in aft: out Down Skeleton scheme in morn: off Pubbing etc in even Wrote E?
View in even. in aft & on phone duty in even (1)
for 24 hrs.
Monday 4th. September Thursday 28th. September
Parade etc - f.a. with Lads in Saturday 16th. September Route marching &
evening - v.g. Phone till 6.00 & then stroll blackberrying in aft. Bath etc
round etc in even & then
Tuesday 5th. September bierre ing
Parade - testing signal kit: to Sunday 17th. September
Washgton in even Church Parade, & then out to Friday 29th. September
Burpham, etc scheme Retd Route March & lectures etc
Wednesday 6th. September 1.00a.m. Crawl around in even to Le
Inoculat so 24 hours off. Tertre - Guy, Cobb etc
Wrote Erica. G#grapefruit in Monday 18th. September
even Parade: s.f.a. in aft & out in Saturday 30th. September
even @ 8.00. Retd 12.30. Checking Signal stores in
Thursday 7th. September morn & aft: wet in even, bath
Parades - s.f.a. really Jeff. Tuesday 19th. September & bed early.
Geo Wyeth & Macdonald Parade - Regimental Day Out.
Steyne etc v.g. retd 4.00. Bus party in Sunday 1st. October
even Church Parade morn &
Friday 8th. September signalling. Short route march
Parades - signal scheme in Wednesday 20th. in aft: Police in even
aft. Steyne & Dolphin in even. September
On equipment etc Chi in even Monday 2nd. October
Saturday 9th. September with Cover & Wyeth - Crown - Drill order retd 4.30. S.f.a.
Picking up wire in morn at v.g. Wrote Erica (II) home & Mina
Findon. Home in aft & retd
10.44 - met V.T. & Nags Thursday 21st. September Tuesday 3rd. October
Packing lorries left off at 8.00. To Le Mans, stores fatigue
4/- Battery. spade terminals Beer party at Steyne - v.g. retd for tea. Early night
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Wednesday 4th. October Monday 16th. October Wednesday 1st. November
Parade, & packing up. Bed v. To Nomain - dig dig dig. Tired M.O. Parade (for cough) morn
early - 9.00 bed early & aft: Guard at 6.00 - ammo
dump. Cold but fine
Thursday 5th. October Tuesday 17th. October
Started route march @ 6.30 - Digging again - in Office in Thursday 2nd. November
rotten cold. Parked at Surville even & wrote E(IV) Guard till 6.00 Then bed early.
for night - cookhouse fatigue Wrote home & E(8)
till 10.00. Wednesday 18th. October
Digging again - lazy evening. Friday 3rd. November
Friday 6th. October Filling Bren Gun pit & pubbing
On with Route March - parked Thursday 19th. October in even
at Abbeville - early night. Ditching - wet & raining
soaked thro. Wrote AHS Saturday 4th. November
Saturday 7th. October Unloading brick in morn: bath
Maintainence etc all day & Friday 20th. October in aft & drink in even. Wrote
signal parades & beer in even. On fatigues at Office etc. E(9)
turn in 8.30. Wrote E(V)
Sunday 5th. November
Sunday 8th. October Saturday 21st. October Coy & chief guard - ammo
Move on again to Base, Telephone line mtce - to farm, dump - till 6.00. quiet even,
arrived 3.30: fatigues & Pub in evening maintce on kit etc bed early
N.C.O. of Guard Sunday 22nd. October
Church Parade at C.P. in aft Monday 6th. November
Monday 9th. October Rifle drill in morn & to
Guard till 6.00: A spot of Monday 23rd. October Lecrupez - Ammo Gd.
supper - v.g. - at billet C.P. in morn: Lorry Park in aft
& Telephone duty in even. Tuesday 7th. November
Tuesday 10th. October Guard till 7.00 - Surreys late -
Signal parades & route march Tuesday 24th. October retd 8.00 Bed early.
in aft. Supper etc in even Telephone till 8.00. Wrote
again E(6), home, etc. Wednesday 8th. November
Forward area, Wireless Retd
Wednesday 11th. October Wednesday 25th. October late
Fatigues etc. On Guard again Digging etc. C.P.
at 6.00 Received post Thursday 9th. November
Thursday 26th. October General fatigues & bathing in
Thursday 12th. October C.P. again in morn - general aft. Guard in even; (ammo
On Guard till 7.00 & then to fatigues in aft & Guard in dump) Wrote E(10) home
Rly Cafe for Supper Blaker evening - as a Gnr. Cold Burgess.
turned up. wrote E (III) &
home & CH Friday 27th. October Friday 10th. November
Guard till 6.00. Cold drink: Guard till 6.00. Then early to
Friday 13th. October bed.
Route march in morn - bath & Saturday 28th. October
pay in aft: round about in C.P. all day Cold. Drink in Saturday 11th. November
even. even. Route march in morn etc
Douai in aft per lorry quite
Saturday 14th. October Sunday 29th. October good. N.C.O i/c
Fatigues in morn: Half day Church Parade in morn: C.P.
roam round Leforest in aft, sandbags Wrote E(7) Sunday 12th. November
Church Parade in morn. Wrote
Sunday 15th. October Monday 30th. October Rands in aft Guard ar 6.00 -
Bathe & Church Parade - Half C.P. in morn, revetting Farm Amm Dump.
day lost. wrote Doris & Mrs. Fatigues in aft & Guard
Golds Monday 13th. November
Tuesday 31st. October On Guard till 6.00. Into town &
Retd Leforest in morn: bath in a few drinks - whole billet. v.g.
aft. Supper in even evening, wrote E(11)
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Tuesday 14th. November Tuesday 28th. November Monday 11th. December
Rubble fatigue & to For'd area On Camouflage nets Guard at Packing Signal Stores for
& retd 7.00 tired. 6.00 - ammo. Wrote E.(14) removal
Wednesday 15th. November Wednesday 29th. November Tuesday 12th. December
Kit Insp & bath. Lecture on Off guard at 6.30 & to f a Orderly Bolt & moved to
Gas in aft & on Guard again. Signal lectures Leforest - heavy mail
Thursday 16th. November Thursday 30th. November Wednesday 13th. December
On Guard till 6.00. tired, & To f a again Signals - drove Signalling in morn - Postal
started writing home. TLB. Orderly in aft till 9.30.
Friday 17th. November Friday 1st. December Thursday 14th. December
Road party at For'd Area retd To f a again - Signal course Heavy post work: finished
6.00. Quiet even cleaning up. 8.00 To Maria's - & back with
Saturday 2nd. December Dunnaway
Saturday 18th. November To B. gunpit digging - find day
Orderly N.C.O. Petrol fatigue drove TLB. Supper at Maria's. Friday 15th. December
in aft & on Guard in even. Post still - a bit lighter wrote
Wrote E(12) Sunday 3rd. December E(18)
Church Parade in morn
Sunday 19th. November cancelled by air raid alarm: Saturday 16th. December
Guard till 6.00 Wrote Mina & beating in aft for rabbit Guard Post - easier - getting
Fred - ammo in even: tired organised!! Wrote home
Monday 20th. November Monday 4th. December Sunday 17th. December
Practice move to f a Retd 6.30 Off guard & to f.a. for Post not so bad, Finished
signalling. Wrote E(15) 8.00ish beer up, Ellis Wood,
Tuesday 21st. November etc etc
Signal parade f.a. Corps of S. Tuesday 5th. December
Retd. 6.30 King's visit - to Faumont bath Monday 18th. December
in aft Guard in even - late for Post fin. early for Battery
Wednesday 22nd. 7.30 am!! Supper & Concert v.g. indeed
Coal fatigue in morn Bath etc Wednesday 6th. December Tuesday 19th. December
in aft & haircut in even. Guard to 5.30 p.m. - at main Post again: finished early:
Guard. To Douai for theatre - wrote E(19).
Thursday 23rd. November v.g .indeed Leslie Henson etc.
F.a. for Signal Lecture Retd Wednesday 20th. December
6.00 Wrote E(13) Thursday 7th. December Post again. finished E's letter
To f a signalling all day. Lazy
Friday 24th. November even, supper & bed early Thursday 21st. December
Signal lessons. On guard at Post again - Wrote Doris &
6.00 Letters from home & Friday 8th. December sent parcel & Putticks
Mina. To f.a. again signalling at
Corps & R.H.Q. Retd 5.15. Friday 22nd. December
Saturday 25th. November Lazy evening again Post Wrote Home & C.Hirst.
Guard till 6.00 Wrote home.
wrote Ev in even Saturday 9th. December Saturday 23rd. December
"Signal Mtce" all day - on a Post again. to Collect @
Sunday 26th. November darn good mike Wrote E(16) Wagnonville etc To Maria's for
Church Parade in morn & Guard at 6.00 - wrote home, in evening
s.f.a. after - wrote Kite, AHS, night
Connie & Stillwell. Sunday 24th. December
Sunday 10th. December Work - Post as usual Beery
Monday 27th. November Guard till 6. 00. Wrote Mina & afternoon - merry & bright -
Signal lectures at fa drove Fred & E again(17) in even. but stone sober by 9.30
Bedford - rotten day
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Monday 25th. December
Post in morn: Wrote E(20) - &
pub crawl in even - no
Tuesday 26th. December
Post again Wrote Doris, Toms
& Div Petrol Officer
Wednesday 27th. December
Post light - little came in: cafe
- Paulette & Yvonne, with
Thursday 28th. December
Heavy Post with Rogers to
Friday 29th. December
Post light: Cafe Variation? in
Saturday 30th. December
Post again wrote Joan & Bill,
light post: not feeling well:
home early & bed.
Sunday 31st. December
Sick Parade at 9.00. Wrote E
21 in morn & bed at 2.00
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