Hal Winters' War
1914 - 1919
Diary No.3 Part A
from 21st June 1915 to 6th July 1916
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Started 22nd June 1915
PLEASE FORWARD TO
… BURWOOD RD
No.2 Field Ambnce.
Are it arbique
… sent on the way to
Cape Hellas Dardanelles
Tuesday 22nd June 1915
Patty & …
Wednesday 23rd …
Sid Low, Laura ,,,
Wrote to Bert B…,
Mother. Man …
arm blown off …
at headquarters … …
W swimming Post …
by … … Heard of Ray.
Commenced serial …
“the Dinkum Oil” (mixed code - possibly includes the word Eunuch)
or The Pride of (mixed code - the Harem)
Thursday 24th. Shelling A F.S. reply close 3 shots.
Wrote 2 parodies for First Aid Post.
Friday 25th. Nothing special. Shell landed 12 yds away.
Saturday 26 Letters from Mother & Muriel. Howitzer shots going over. Another shell into Kennedy’s dug out - no one home. On Guard 11 pm to 3 am. Wrote In Mem. Ray.
Sunday 27. Heavy shrapnel fire from back towards trenches. Not awake properly but most seemed to explode about 20 to 100 yds further on. Another shell landed into Lew Solomon’s dug out
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not at home, percussion shrapnel. It’s marvellous that not one of the three have done more than knock holes in blankets & kick up a stink.
PC to Grace Dowling.
Shrapnel pellets and … trenches from Eddie … … pretty well spent. Howitzer shells going over towards Shrapnel Gully.
Monday 28th. Spirit of … abroad. Much bombardment at Cape. Destroyer shelled … Hill. An attack made about 10 a.m. by our R. flank for the purpose of preventing Turkish reinforcements leaving to oppose a landing party further South.
Went up in stretcher squad. Moving killed & wounded. Took Turkish trench & retired again. Scotty Latimer reported killed. Harry Tonkins wounded.
Tuesday 29 Wrote Mother & Leon Fortier. Heavy bombardment of coast.
Wednesday 30 Dug-out work. Trix’s birthday.
Thursday 1st July. Nothing special.
Friday 2nd. Paraded sick. On Guard 7 - 11pm. Our Artillery got onto Turkish …
Saturday 3rd. On Hospital medicine. Good to have something to do.
Sunday 4th. Hospital. Mostly medical.
Monday 5th. Some … shells landed near Indians & in water - near headquarters - 11 inch.
Tuesday 6th. Hospital. One patient’s diagnosis “Funk”.
Wednesday Wrote Mother. P.C. to Sid Low. Open on G.Fish
Thursday 8th Hospital. Inoculated against cholera.
Friday 9 Hospital.
Saturday 10th “ Finish.
Sunday 11th “ Doris bombarded Turks R. Flank. Thomas hit. Went to 1st AMC. Church Service.
Monday 12th Letters from Mother (2) Laura, Vera, Miss Kuster, Patty, Mr Short. Very heavy bombardment of Achi Baba from Cape Helles. On shifting sandbags.
Tuesday 13th Letters from Mother, Laura. Vera & Mrs Stubbs
Wednesday 14 Wrote Mother, Laura & Mrs Stubbs.
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Thursday 15th (mixed code = sanitary) fatigue. One of a party carrying posts and corrugated iron towards 1st A.M.C. had close call. Abdul on our left in Olive Grove commenced slinging shells just this side of cemetery. The first was much too high & burst on shore 100 yds further on. The next landed in the middle of the party but missed all except one man, whom it lifted and threw forward, doing no further damage than a wound in finger & arm & shock.
Yesterday another who was carrying water strolled into hospital after one of Abdul’s had burst over him. One pellet had cut the instep of his boot, another punctured the loose hanging sleeves & a third taken a snick out of his thigh while the can he carried was riddled. On water carrying in evening.
16th. Water in evening warm and phosphorescent. Every move of the hands
made it appear as though thousands of sparks streamed from the knuckles
& tips. Paper from Mother.
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days - not even water.
Saturday 24th Reported again 102.4 same M.S.
(Parcel from Mother. Pocket Bk. chocolate, flag & handkerch.)
Sunday 25th Chambers M.O. feeling very dry, no fluids for 2 days 101
Monday 26th. 102.4 Went down to clearing at 8.30 a.m. While waiting at Clearing Station saw Turkish shell blow chaps leg off at knee - also complicated fract of femur & another pellet in kneecap all from same shell.
Got aboard barge with about 100 others. No room to move. To stand up or sit down one had to stand on someone else. Some shells were coming over too. After ¼ of an hour or so we were towed out to hosp. ship - cast loose another barge there & went on to Fleet sweeper about noon. No room here to move about & not
much shade. The fellows are very obliging to one another, but the arrangements are terrible for sick men.
Got to Lemnos Is at sundown. Hardly walk up to hospital. Got into English Hosp.
Very poor arrangements. No blankets.
Slept first night in open without overcoat or undershirt. Temp abt 103.
Tuesday 27 On milk diet. Can’t touch it. Luckily struck some broth in village.
Tasted a fish & some egg in evening. Got a blanket, razor & towel
Wednesday 28th Wrote Mother.
Feeling very weak indeed. Temp not been taken since arrival. Some beef extract in the
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Thursday 29. Still hard to walk far. Beef extract somewhat tasteless.
Friday 30. The same. No temp taken yet. About 9 went to village after dinner coffee & water. 2 light boiled eggs. Pretty tired.
Saturday 31. Pretty tired. Nothing doing all day
Sunday 1st Aug. My happy 22nd birthday. Went to village after tea. Met Roger Stredwick. Got spoon, sponge & mirror. Hardly a happy birthday.
2nd Aug. Nothing special.
3rd Aug “ “
Wednesday 4th. Wrote to Mother and Frank. Am being sent down to base today. Be some chance of recovering there. Too many to send all away today.
Thursday 5th. No more for base - disappointing.
Friday 6th. Wrote Miles. Shifted from one tent to another 3 times. Told to be ready to go & then stayed night.
Saturday 7th Aug. 1915. Cleared from Lowlands Clearing Hosp. to 15th Staty. Shifted from tent to another in afternoon.
Sunday 8th. Shifted back to first marquee during breakfast to make room for number of wounded, who told us Achi Baba has fallen and our line advanced considerably all along, including Kaba Tepi end. Hear that Warsaw has fallen to the Germans.
Sooner I get back to Anzac the better.
Sunday 8th. Pretty miserable day. Nothing doing.
Monday 9th. Sent to convalescent camp just before lunch. Good dinner. Crowded marquee.
Tuesday 10th. Wrote Mother. Put on light duties, to be guarding Turkish prisoners, most likely. Get back soon tho. Walked to island in bay. Couldn’t sleep owing to live stock.
Wednesday 11th Up at 4 a.m. Went to Austn. pier, back to other pier & then stopped from going owing to being
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… … making me
… … … she was
… aground. Some
… and some aft &
… a struggle she
… … out. Waited
… motor lorry and
… back to conval. camp.
Hear 2nd Brigade to be relieved. Went & had feed of grapes.
Thursday 12th. To go back to duty tomorrow. Went to Mudros and got some paper & envelopes, matches, soup packets, tomatoes & vinegar.
Friday 13th. Walked to Mudros at 12.30 pm pack weighed heavy with food etc & maize cobs. Lost the crowd & got to boat early - had a swim. Got aboard HMS Partridge at 3.30 pm. On the way back to Anzac now.
Sat 14th. Anchored off Anzac last night about 10, just in range of spent bullets. Couldn’t sleep owing to live stock.
Disembarked about 3 a.m. Found tent div have taken over dressing station on beach and bearers
are moving up shrapnel gully today. Didn’t like stray bullets as passed the cemetery - too close & not used to them. Saw O.C. in afternoon.
Sunday 15th Saw O.C. in morning and he sent me to 1st F.Amb. hosp - back to own old camp.
Monday 16th. Beachy Bill still a nuisance.
P.C. to Mother. Letters from Mother (3) Laura (2) Trix (2) Maude Petersen, Vera, Muriel, Lucy, Emily Barnett, May King.
Tuesday 17th Discharged from 1st Fd Amb. Got some rations and am living in old dug out till Friday. Feeling well.
Wednesday 18th. Wrote Mother.
Nothing doing. Beachy Bill sent some high explosive shells into A.S.C. No one hurt apparently. Two aeroplanes up this morning & one now - different & bigger.
Thursday 19th. Quiet. Went up to 11th Light Horse and met Miles. He’s looking very well.
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Friday 20th … from
… … … … … sox
… … paste & brush
… … peppermint,
… mosquito net, etc.
… welcome. On duty
… 7.30 pm. Took it easy.
Saturday 21st. Nothing special. On duty 7.30 p.m.
About 10 p.m. there occurred a loud explosion. While we speculated on the cause and pieces of metal flew into the hospital there was a cry “stretcher bearers” and wounded began to arrive.
At the bomb factory a mule had kicked a box of bombs. Result 2 killed outright, 2 others probably die & 9 others more or less seriously wounded. 2 mules killed. One of the men killed was on the beach 100 yds or more from bomb factory.
Sunday 22nd Went to old dug out.
3 of our guns started a duel with one of theirs - Weary Willie I think, so had to cook tea there.
Monday 23rd. …
Mother, … … …
Ashby, 2nd … …
On duty 7.30 - … …
much except sick …
Tuesday 24th. … …
Beachy Bill very quiet. Nothing doing. Not feeling up to much. Duty 7.30 pm - …
Wednesday 25. Wrote Mother & Vera.
Thursday 26th. Duty 7.30 a.m. - 7.30 p.m. Meline injection twice.
Letters from Biddy, Laura and Ben & Maney. Afraid I’ll have to go away again. Not up to much. Wrote Q.M. No.1 G.H.Heliop F.S.P.C. to Alf Quennell
Friday 27th. Paraded sick. Put on Bism sal gr X and clove pdrs gr V 6 hrly & emeline injection. Met Miles going to Mudros - sick. D. off duty am attack on extreme left. Hill W to be taken.
Saturday 28 Paraded sick. Sent to Mudros. Drew £1 altered ticket to Base. On board Devantra about 3.30. Bread & butter for tea. Put on to milk diet. Beef tea & bread & butter due to
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… … … … pm
… … … much thick matter
… … or 11 a.m. on
… … … and went
… … … Put in barb.
… enclosure to keep in
… wounded. Milk
… managed a feed
… going up.
Monday 30th Milk(?) & bread for breakfast and dinner. Sent by M.O. to ship for base at 2.30 p.m. Met Miles going to Mudros. Got aboard hospital ship Valdivia at about 4 p.m. Milk and bread and butter for tea - hardly recognised taste of butter but was most welcome. In beds with sisters. Cup of cocoa & biscuit at 7.30 pm. we’ve struck a home worth staying in at last.
Too good to last tho’, I’m afraid. Everything perfectly clean and well fitted up.
Tuesday 31st. Porridge bread & butter, milk and eggs for breakfast. It’s a home, all right. Sailed for Mudros. Dinner beef tea, bread & sago. Lemon juice in afternoon. Sisters very nice. Wrote Mother
Wednesday 1st. F.J.P.C. to Mother. Good treatment. Feeling much
Thursday … …
6 a.m. Went … …
the Huntsend - nee Lutzon … …
and face … …
Milk only for dinner.
Got a loaf from bar
man Ted(?) and …
& strawberry jam. Hog…
Looking for a chance to buy sugar later fell in with 2 coal trimmers and a pint of custard - firm & cool. To meet trimmers tomorrow morning for sugar 8.15. Got some choc from canteen. Boxer friend of Mile’s turned up with … … later - delicious.
Friday 3rd Sept. Breakfast. Tea(?) bread & butter & - rice, of all things, no sugar. Trimmers not there. Friends with young cook & baker. Cook promised sugar 7.45 tonight. Got some toast & mashed potatoes from … galley.
Boxer turned out with two more cakes from a friend in crew. Boat damaged by torpedo yesterday. Few casualties.
Yesterday as we got clear of the Valdivia, a smaller steamer crossed our bows, stopping us
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… … … … to close
… … … … … Their
… … … … ... warks
… … away a canvas
… … ...able boat of
… … and damaged
… … Some damage
… to both our & their
… … ... warks etc. In
... aring the bows the
sterns came together and one lifeboat was carried away and another collapsible dropped later. Fault of small steamer.
Friday 3rd. (cont) Sailed at about 7 pm. for Malta
Saturday 4. Nothing special.
Sunday 5th. “ “
Monday 6th. Arrived at Malta in early morning. M.O. went round making list of those who were to go ashore. Primrose, Box and myself were listed. Spoke to M.O. he very kindly allowed me to remain.
Tuesday 7th. Many convalescents went ashore. The harbour is beautiful, with small ferry steamers slipping about - touching for an instant at a quay and then away to another branch of the harbour. Fare ½. They can go right
to the doors of many of the houses, the sides of the harbour going straight down to a good depth - apparently quite enough to float any vessel.
The many brightly painted gondola-like boats, with high bow and stern, together with the shops and houses and steps right to the water’s edge, make the whole place a miniature of what one pictures Venice to be.
The towns themselves - there are more than the capital, Valetta, on the branches of the Grand Harbour - are built in terraces, the roofs of one level with the roadway above.
Got fine cake & blancmange from baker. P.C. Muriel.
Wednesday 8. The whole town opposite us is yellow with an occasional shading into gray, and here & there a touch of the dark green of some tree.
Tug took bodies of two died on way over. Got some jelly from baker.
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Thursday 9th. Sailed at 6 a.m.
On one side of the entrance are large concrete forts - while on the other a big gun shows on a large mound of earth with entanglements at the bottom.
Round the coast there are numerous forts and other fortifications.
One man in our ward died about 11.30 a.m. Not nearly enough attention given him for one who was seriously ill. Another died this afternoon. Sister not much good.
Got some bread pudding & custard. Passed large island off port side.
Friday 10th. One engine broke down last night, not doing 8 knots now. Land to port and large steep island with cathedral spire peak - height greater than breadth - to starboard.
Saturday 11th. Land to port - probably African coast.
Sunday 12th. In sight of Gibralta about 3 p.m.
School of porpoises met us ½ mile out.
Coming from the East, the first thing noticeable
about the Rock - after a lighthouse - is a huge bluegrey concrete slope extending halfway or more up and hundreds of feet in length. This evidently to prevent breaking away of parts of the rock.
On each of the three points is an observing station & wireless - like ancient castles. To each of these an aerial rope railway runs from the beach.
At the waters edge are docks, shipbuilding yards, coal wharfs (protected by 4, 4 inch guns each end) etc.
On the first flat are the main wireless stations, searchlights, ammunition stores etc. A little higher are the barracks, houses of the people etc. There’s not sufficient room to put all the barracks on streets, so they are put wherever theres a ledge.
Various guns are wherever there’s a space. Specially noticeable are three big guns on concrete platforms - one on lowest level, one
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half way up & one on the pinnacle. There are no bumboats here, but very many fish in the harbour.
Monday 13th. Got away in evening. Wrote to Laura … …
Tuesday 14th. Nothing special. A bit seasick.
Wednesday 16th. Nothing doing.
Thursday 16th. Into the bay later in day.
Friday 17th. Passed the Eddystone lighthouse about midday. A couple of TBD’s escorted us.
Saturday 18th. Arrived at Portsmouth early morning. Numbers of TBD’s about harbour. Naturally the Tommies are boisterously happy. Parts of the harbour side are very pretty - something like Studley Park River bank, not so pretty when the tide went out leaving a strip of mud.
Sunday 19th. Entrained on quay at 10.30 a.m. After shunting about for a while we started for Birmingham. All
along the line were people - nearly all women & children - cheering like mad.
The country is greener than any I’ve seen before - all over a clean fresh look. The roads - lanes one would call them, I suppose - are sunk below the level of the paddocks, which are very small & bounded by hedges everywhere. The lanes are often practically covered overhead with trees. Specially noticeable were the - often large - clumps of trees, oak planes & others. These almost completely roof the fields, growing so close together that it appears as if one could walk on them - beautifully green.
Saw also a herd of deer & some waterwheels. In the towns the houses are built in huge terraces, street after street of them, two story, slate roofs.
We had some soup at Exeter - 11 hours after a very light breakfast.
At a suburban station of Birmingham we were put into private
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motors and driven through lines of applauding populace to a hospital 5 or 6 miles out. The electric trams are an enormous height, top as well as the lower story being covered in, and narrow gauge.
This place is an enormous building, and the beds most comfortable. Arrived here at 10 p.m. Had some real cow’s milk & a bath. Think we shall get on well here.
20th. Monday - Hospital called 1st Southern General Hospital - Dudley Rd Section. Birmingham treatment is excellent & feeding very good.
(a viewer has suggested this link to an interesting site about the hospital)
Tuesday 21st. Weighed 9st 3 lb (58.8 kilo). Lost 3 st 5 lb (21.0 kilo) since Egypt, sent letter to Laura, P.C. to Mother & wrote for B.Esp. & BSA catalog.
Wednesday 22nd. Nothing special - put on light diet. Started letter to Stella
Thursday 23 - Wrote Mother, Pretty Hungry. Catalog from BSA Co.
Friday 24th. Note from Florence M. Herbert, Rotton Park Conservative & Constitutional Club - Barford Rd. Birm. “to the one the nurse
likes best” - saying willing to visit. Wrote & sent her pass. Wrote Horlicks Malted Milk, Birmingham P.O. for cable rates, for tooth paste & Clarke & Co - gun catalog.
Saturday. 26th. Wrote Mrs Priestley, Fred Larth, Mrs & Mr Herbert came. Very nice people indeed. Left 6 eggs, cigarettes, cigars, choc & flowers and were really sociable. Asked me to stay there on furlough.
Monday 27th. Got some chocolate, wrote Mrs Herbert.
Tuesday 28th. Sample of Calox, mem from P.O. & P.C’s for Miles & myself from Mrs & Mr Herbert. Letter from Horlicks. Wrote for O'atine S.Soap etc.
Sent cable “Scripsimus Melb. Miles myself well - Winters”. 4/6. On diet D5, Fish, went for a bit of a walk
Wednesday 29th. Wrote Mother. Mrs Herbert came. Brought cigs, choc, cake & sugar. Chicken for dinner. Sample from Horlicks.
WEIGHED 9-13lb (63.5 kilo)
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Thursday 30th. Bisto sample … diet. Went to concert by theatre artists, not bad.
Friday 1st. Nothing spec.
Sat 2nd. Letter from Mrs Herbert & PC. to Miles.
Sunday 3rd. Church at 9.15. Mrs Herbert & Mr came in afternoon. Brought cigs, choc, sausages saus. roll’s, cake, flowers & matches. Very pressing invitation to spend some of leave with them. Rec. for Conv. Home. Church in evening.
Monday 4th. Nothing special.
Tuesday 5th. Wrote Mrs Herbert.
Wednesday 6th. Mrs Herbert came. Brought tobac. cigs. cigars, cake, sugar, sweets & eggs. Wrote Muriel.
Thursday 7th. Wrote Mother
Friday 8th. Weighed - 10-6 ¾ (66.7 kilo)
Saturday 9 Nothing special
Sunday 10th. Mr & Mrs Herbert came, they are very good.
Monday 11th Wrote Frank & Eddie.
Tuesday 12th. Nothing spec. Wrote Mrs Herbert.
Wednesday 13th. Mrs Herbert came 10.30 a.m. … aff. farewell. Motor to station. Train 11.45 a.m. Country very fine. Roads curve very much. A Zeppelin raid on London in evening. Shrapnel & searchlights visible.
Thursday 14th. Wrote Miles, Mrs Herbert & Mother. Went to Hoxton hospital for L eye.
Friday 15th. Nothing spec. Wrote Phil Austin.
Sat 16th. Wrote Patty & Maude Petersen & Mrs Herbert. Went to Dentist. Letters & Parcel from Mrs Herbert
Sunday 17th. Wrote Amy, T Cook & Son. Service in evening
Monday 18th. Wrote L.G.O. Co. & Miss Whichells & Aust office
Tuesday 19th Wrote Grace Dowling
Wednesday 20th Went to concert in evening - good.
Thursday 21st Went to see Uncle Tom, Previs Kukajo (Esperanto = baker's shop/cake shop beforehand). Then to London - … had tea in Harl St. Good to have a civilized meal again. The tubes are wonderful. One can’t get lost in London - just
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get into the tube & go till you get into station wanted. Went to Science Museum. Saw the Rocket, Puffing Billy, Sans Pareil, Bess & other old engines as well as working models of modern engines. Had to come home without a ticket - only had 1 1/2d. Maps from L.G.O.Co. Wrote Mother. Weighed 11st 12 lb. (75.3 kilo)
Friday 22nd Nothing special.
Amy out but could not find me. Left 2 books of Trine’s.
Sat 23rd. Wrote Amy. Concert in evening.
Sunday 24th. Mess orderly.
Monday 25th. Went to Mrs Blake’s for tea. Very nice people indeed address Ashleigh Dorking.
Tuesday 26th. Letter from Miles. Wrote Mrs Blake & Mrs Herbert
Wednesday 27th Went to Leatherhead to tea. Met Miss E Charlwood Hillcrest Fairfield Rd Leatherhead (morse = tres bonne). Letter from C’wealth offices about letters, etc.
Thursday 28th. Sent diary & letter to Mother. Rained all morning.
Friday 29th. Letter from L G Reid. Went to London very pleasant drive on bus. Went to Anzac Buffet, one of the best place I’ve ever struck. All the people were fine – most Australians, tea, sandwiches, cake, etc. free to Austns. Marie Lohr came & sang & recited. Very good. Other good items. Then they gave us reserved tickets for “Tonights the Night”. Geo Grossmith is a wonderful dancer. Got home about 1.45am.
Got address of hotel in London. Ardmay Private Hotel – 24 Woburn Place – just above Russell Square and of Somerset House. Mrs Tavendan, Pyrland Taunton recommended by Ruth N. Price
Saturday. Went to tea to Mr Warr of Ewell. Very nice. Invite from Mrs Blake for same evening.
Sunday 31st. Nothing spec it rained. Wrote Miss Charlwood that I’d be over
tomorrow. Wrote Mrs Blake.
Monday 1st. Rained. Wrote Miles.
Tuesday 2nd. Went to House of Commons in afternoon. Saw room in which Cromwell signed death warrant of Charles I – room dates from 1310. Went to St Stephen’s Crypt, where MP’s can be married or have babies christened. Very fine curves to roof & bosses. Altar cover said to have been worked by Elizabeth & her ladies. Very fine stained glass windows. Saw the Parliamentary entry of Charles’ arrest of the five members & other trial of 7 bishops.
Saw the Speakers procession & the mace. The despatch box near Prime Ministers chair is dented all over the top by a heavy ring worn by W G Gladstone who used to thump the box when speaking.
Saw Lord Charles Beresford
& Lord Fisher & other celebrities. Went to Stop Thief in evening.
Letter from Miss Charlwood.
(morse & other code = Had us a real good time).
Wrote & asked Mrs Herbert for …
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Went to Ardmay Hotel. Lord Mayor’s Show. Very wet. Drew £5.
Thursday 11th. Went to Westminster Abbey in afternoon – not bad. Took Ena Charlwood to Push & Go in evening. Lingered over supper & missed last train. Had to take her home in a taxi to L’head (code = 3 shillings). Slept on couch in front room. Landlady a sport.
Went to St Pauls. Wellingtons tomb & funeral carriage made from captured guns, Nelsons Tomb, Watts Light of the World, many other tombs & rang the bell
in the tower:
The whispering gallery – in the dome – is 112 ft diameter, yet one can whisper from one side near the wall & it sounds much louder at the other side. The guide was in love with his subject & knew it perfectly.
Went to the Tower – could not get in though - & to London & the Tower Bridges. Saw part of original old Roman wall. Went to tea & then home with Mr Warr. Billiards. Letter from Ena
Sunday14th. Wrote Trix, Mr Warr, Bob Garnham. Went to Kingsway Hall to church.
Monday 15th. Will Moore went to Gloucester. At breakfast a N.Z. mentioned one of his mates losing his memory. I mentioned Sgt Hilliers on the Mashobra – “Yes, that’s the man”. Went through National Gallery in afternoon. Went to Kick In at the Vaudeville, not bad.
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Westminster Abbey, Embankment
National Gallery, Museum, Tower of L
Tuesday 16th. Got 10 a.m. train to Edinburgh – pretty cold. Whole place covered with snow further up. Very fine lunch on train. Got to Edinburgh an hour late. Went to Soldiers & Sailors Home, very nice place. (morse = met May)
Wednesday 17th. Went to Edinburgh Castle. On the way met a gentleman who invited me to tea tomorrow. There was a fortress on the site of the castle B.C. but the oldest part standing dates from 1368. Just inside the first gate over the moat – there are seven altogether – is a fine parade ground, like the rest of the city & churches, it has many monuments to dead soldiers. Saw the house of John Knox, went to St Giles & Thistle Chapel – the finest oak carving I’ve ever seen – only
Mrs Ashby’s …
Nurse Amy Jackson
The guide, an old veteran, was worth coming to see, a real Micawber, breaking out into flowery language on every possible occasion. Went down to Holyrood Castle where there are very many relics of Mary, Queen
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Sunday 21st. Letter from May. Wrote back. Wrote G McBride. Went round B’ham. Went to see Miles in hosp.
Monday 22nd. Looked about. Went to
theatre with Min in evening. Art Gallery in afternoon & Watties factory
Went to Bexley Heath.
Wrote Min & Ena & Mother.
Sunday 12th. Wrote Mrs Warr Went to …
Parcel from Miss Robb – woollies
Went to London
On pass for Xmas. Went to Leatherhead. Wrote mother
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Borrowed 10/- from Min – Bought kettle, tie, Eau de Cologne, Pot Pourri, & Where My Caravan. Min & Wat gave me ring.
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Sunday 16th. Went for a walk in morning. Mr & Mrs Warr very nice indeed.
Monday 17th. Letter from Nurse Barbour. Book from Aust. War conting. & card from G. Paterson. Wrote Miles, May Kendall & Mrs Warr
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nice indeed. Chileys there
Bed 2.30 am.
Sat. 29th. Went to London & Greenwich with Mac. Strand Corner House for teas, East End in evening.
Sat 5th. Letters from Bob Garnham, Muriel (2) Vera, Laura, Trix, Mrs Stubbs, Lucy Mr & Mrs Stone (card) Maney, Mother (6), Mrs Ashby, Miss Lowe, Bob & May King, Miss Ashmore, Mr Shepherd, Charlie Grummitt, Hayden, Mabel, Dorothy, Marjorie, Amy & Ruth Short, Jack Hardon. Went to Ewell.
Fri 11th. Wrote Frank Green & May Kendall & Nan Barbour.
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Sat 26th. Went to Lewisham to Mrs Lawson. Very nice people indeed – from Sydney. Very well travelled – Egypt, India, Austria, Italy, France, Home in Germany. Lost all effects on outbreak of war. Lionel professional violinist. Linguists. Most enjoyable evening. Got present for Min
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Tues.13th Went to 32. Le!
Wed 14th. Mac & I went to Mrs Lawson’s. Very fine evening. Beautiful music by Lionel. Met Kenith Capel. Letters from Mother, Loo Garnham (2), & Laura & Mrs Warr (2).
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Tues. 28th. Went to 32. Wrote Mother, Vera & Muriel, Elaine.
Sons Arthur (9 years) & Tom (about 30)
Had bilious attack. Home by 11 pm.
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Sat 15th. Bottle of pills from Mrs Warr. Wrote Elaine & Laura. Read Prisoner of Zenda. Letter from Col Gibbin.
Thurs 20th. Letters from Elaine (3) Mac, Queenie & Mrs Tardif. Wrote Elaine & Laura Tardif.
Fri 21 Wrote Madame Calonne & cousin Alice. Good Friday.
Had an amusing couple of hours watching the major, staff sergeant & 3 orderlies putting a coat of green on 2 tents. First the major gets the broom and shows the staff, who explains to one of the orderleys the stroke to use. Then the other orderly washes down the tent – superintended by the staff – while a third streaks on the green paint with a broom. Major went very red when he saw us laughing at him. Bet Alexander a packet State Express I’d get more mail – lost.
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Thurs 27th. Wrote Mother, Elaine & Marg. Letter from Mac & Mrs Warr. Finished Vanity Fair – Too cynical.
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Elaine (en Francais)
Wrote Min & Elaine. Drew £3.
Sat 6th. Went to London & over the Tower. Saw room where princes were smothered. Also where Raleigh was imprisoned. Armour of Henry VIII & many other armours. Went to Lewisham
Sunday 7th. Went to 32 in morning. Stayed in camp rest of day. Went to Lewisham in Even.
Monday 8th Went to London. Took Elaine to lunch. Wrote Mr Whyte
Tuesday 9th. Wet all day. Wrote Elaine & Mac & Madame. Letter from Bertha.
Took Min out – pictures & Shell Out. Not too bad. £2 from Mother.
Thurs 11th. Took Elaine & Madame Calonne to the Coliseum. N.T.B. Wrote Min P.C. & Mother. Stayed at Lewisham.
Friday. 12th. Went to London. To South Kensington & Anzac. Wrote Min.
Sat 13th. Mac & I on duty in morn. Went to Ewell. Met Price, nice evening. (Mac & I)
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Sunday 14th. Went for a walk. Saw ancient fishing chapel etc. Back to camp about 11 pm
Mon 15th. Mac warned for draft. Went to Brookbank Rd & 32 & 36 in evening.
Letter from Mother at 32.
Tues. 16th. Mac went at 7.30 a.m. Letters from Mabel Schukraft, Mother, Trix & Min. (& Mrs Whyte).
Took Sgt Wolseley to Lawsons.
Urens of Melb. to Mrs Warr.
Wed 17th. Wrote Mr Whyte & Mrs Lawson. Went to 32 & 36. Very nice. Letter from Min.
Thurs. 18th. Wrote to Mother (Sent Red+), Mac, Mr Rush, Mrs Warr, Lionel.
Fri 19th. Went to 32. Wrote Elaine en Francais.
Sat 20th. Letter from Lionel. Went to concert with Lawsons in evening. Lionel played beautifully - encored often. Met Mdme. Callonse’s brother in law. Was a rich man in Belgium but now lives on Belgian Relief Fund. Naturally very quiet.
Lionel, Elaine, Madame et son Clairfrere. Went to Mr Peach’s in evening.
Beautiful voice and a very nice man. Stayed the night at 119.
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Wrote Mother & Aunt Em. Cut out 3’ for Elaine. Wrote Mr Whyte.
Then went to 32 about 11.30 pm to arrange for
an evening at theatre. Heard of the death of Gordon Frier. Hit pretty hard. One of the finest men I’ve met. Killed in bayonet attack. Would have been recommended for D.C.M. had he lived. Volunteered to lead attack.
Letter from Mr Paul.
Mrs Frier and Queenie are taking it very well. Went to 119 for evening. Had some grand music. Stayed the night.
Photos came. Took one to Elaine & Diane.
Thurs. 1st June. 1916. Wrote Mother. Sent photos.
(Schedule of letters received and sent, numbers not
transcribed, but following names noted) (Addresses noted) A Burge
(Schedule of letters received and sent, numbers not
transcribed, but following names noted)
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Went to London with Lionel. Saw some tryouts at new Middlesex Theatre. Went to 119 for evening.
Wrote Queenie, & Min.
Wed 7th. Went with 119 to Hippodrome in evening - very nice indeed. Loading wagons all day.
Wrote Mac & Mother.
Country beautiful as we came through. Wrote Marg, Elaine, Nell, Min, Mrs Ward, Mrs Lawson.
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Sent 10/- for pendant.
Wrote Laura Tardif & Col. Hurley. Letter from Marj. Tardif. Put on mess orderly.
Applied for leave.
Wrote Uncle Ted
Thurs 15th. Laura Tardif B’day. Wrote Mother. Letter from E E Mills & Queenie. Wrote Elaine.
Went to Austn. Command Depot. No.2 Camp, Perham Downs, Andover.
Letters from Min, Mother, Laura, Emily Barnett, Elaine, Lionel, Mrs Lawson, Madame Calonne. Card from Queenie, Letter from Muriel I. Wrote Emily & Dolly Barnett, P.C. to Min.
Letters from Min, Aunt Laura, Mother & Laura. & Mrs Tardif
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SSgt. McDougall, Cpl Uren, L/c Rainey & McEvoy went to Park House for duty. Met Alex Jack & Dolly Grey & Laycock.
On Hospital fatigue. Pinched a case of cigarettes - 500 packets.
Letter from Elaine. Nothing special doing. Found quaint old thatched cottage.
Sunday 25th Wrote to Mrs Frier. Went to Y.M.C.A. service.
Sent £1 to Mrs Warr for a present for Mother. Letter from Frank Green
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30/6/16 - Found that SSgt McDermott is a great friend of Jenkins in Adelaide.
Applied for position in bomb throwing course of instruction.
Adjutant told me off for applying for bombing instruct. without asking Bennett.
Wrote a note saying I was reprimanded for Bennett to sign but he wouldn’t.
Went for walk with Mac & Will Coates
4/7/16. Letter from Mrs Warr.
Applied in writing to A.D.M.S. to go to France.
5/7/16. Note from Adjutant asking what class I was - ree bombing. Letter from Ena Charlwood & Miss Murray-Prior & McBride
Wrote Laura & Mother.
Obtained a bicycle from S.M.O. went to visit SSgt McDougall, Len Uren, Rainey & McEvoy at Park House.
Had a very nice time and went for a good long walk with McDougall. He’s a real philosopher and a sport. On the way back on the bike it was fine to ride between the tall trees on the wet road. The shades of all the Druids and Warriors came alongside and kept pace - helped across bad roads and up hills. Soon all thoughts of Stonehenge and Boadicea were driven from my
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After reaching camp and passing the guard I got to bed about 11.30.
Then was aroused by Mr Bennett to go to a man with neurosis of the heart. Tried to find Lt Smith but was unable. Then another man who seemed to have slight pleurisy.
Found Lt Smith in with the O.C. & Crolly (the adjutant) - roused him out & found he was no good at all. Insisted on coming down to see the men. Fell sprawling twice - then I took him in hand & got him to the huts all right. Told the second man - “I know all about you”. Really amusing if it hadn’t been a bit disgusting.
Got to bed about 1 a.m.
Early in the day Joe filled syringe with chloroform instead of local anaesthetic.