Hal Winters' War
1914 - 1919
Diary No.3 Part B
from 7th July to 13th December 1916
7/July 1916. Friday
Parcel of lace from Mrs Warr.
2 men who’d had injections of chloroform came in with terrible swollen jaws. Sent to hospital.
Told Mr Smith some of his doings etc last night.
Wrote to Ena Charlwood & Mrs Warr.
Mac came from Park House. Wrote Queenie.
Letter from Elaine. British Esperanto’
Bombing application turned down.
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Went to Ludgershall - a quaint little old fashioned village. Most of the cottages thatched & pretty old. Went to a fair with Cpl Watt, Chissy & Dowcra & to chapel café.
Saw Major Stewart about application - find it has gone on & must just wait. Cards from Horseferry Rd re Kit bag & Frank Green. Wrote Bob Garnham.
Wrote to Stella, Doris Gamlin, Mabel Fuller, Nell Frier.
I’m feeling homesick tonight. Am afraid all the friends at home and in this country will forget me and why not!But then Mother is always
there - and she won’t forget - thank God! Nor will He. “These things I have spoken unto you that ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer - I have overcome the world”.
Two years! It’s too much to expect anyone to remember. 5 weeks since leaving Abbey Wood. Too much too. I wonder - if only I could get to France, what a lot it would solve. But Mother - Mother will always remember.
Fit as ever in my life - but back here on the base line, and Frank over at Armentiers - Ray Thornton at Cairo - so many of the boys doing their best - I’m back here - pen pushing - why can’t they make the change? Why shouldn’t I be sent in the bombers, or even Field Ambulance. Gordon Frier went out like a man - and how better could a fellow want to die - The chance
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Letters from Marg’ & Queenie.
Mac came over in the afternoon & we went to Ludgershall to tea.
Went to Park House for a walk with Chissy
20/7/16. Lost camera in raffle - runner up.
Letter from Queenie. Wrote Miss Murray Prior & Vera & Elaine, Mrs Warr, Min, Mr McBride, May King
21/7/16 Letter from Nell. Nothing special
22/7/16 Mac, Chissy, Whetton & I went for a long walk round past Kimpton & Thruxton - two pretty little villages. Very nice tea in garden of great old house - Kimpton Post Office.
23/7/16 Walked with Chis to Park House - Staff McDougall root filled 5 for me. Had dinner with Len Uren & walked back with the Staff - very nice indeed. Went for a walk with Cpl Watt in evening. Found wild strawberry patch.
24/7/16 Letter from Nan Barbour. Wrote Bertha Baker -
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25/7/16. Letter from Elaine & Mrs Warr.
Wrote Madame & Lionel.
New men took over the place. I’m to be on with S.M.O. for a time as Card
King. Mrs Warr sent a great birthday cake
Mac & I nearly made ourselves ill with it. Letter from Bertha & Madame Calonne. Mac & I went to Ludgershall.
Wrote Mrs Warr. Went to church.
Wrote Laura, S-no Thomas, Miss Nicholls - George Robertson - London for machine gun book.
50mm f4 42scr Macro-Takumar 1369453 @ 3X26XFL (1) @f4=110
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Offered 2 stripes to stay on with S.M.O. No apparent chance of a move, but will ask him if it will bind me if I accept. Wrote Laura.
Parcel from Min.
Wrote Barry Sullivan, Mother & Mrs Stubbs.
9.8.16 Went to Kimpton. Nothing special.
10.8.16. Nothing spec. Cpl Watt took photo.
11.8:16 Went to see Mac with Cpl Watt. We all went over to a Roman fort on the plain. On the top of a hill - a moat all round the summit enclosing about 15 acres. Very fine view indeed. Just at our feet lies the moat - dry now - and covered with vivid yellow & purple flowers. In the distance to the left is the reddish brown of a ploughed field, bordered on one side by a dark green bank of trees, and on the other the light green of a crop of oats, changing through a light yellow crop - more ripened - into a golden brown island of ripened wheat.
At the back of the yellow is a patch of heliotrope gray ploughed land, and a small group of stooks
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Further back still lies a black patch of trees, and to the right, at the side of a white strip of road, is a vivid green square in a small hollow. Further still to the right shows the scarlet of a field of poppies, toned down to orange by the distance and touch of bluish haze in the air. Then comes a chessboard field - marked for ploughing.
The old thatched cottages nestling among the trees contrast strangely with an aeroplane of most modern type that is just droning over.
Coming to earth, in the middle distance can be seen the mounds marking the graves of Roman dead - killed in some attack on or sally from the fortress where now we sit.
Letters from Vera & Muriel, Mother & Laura.
Mrs C Paterson
12 Mundania Rd
Forest Hill Rd
Maison J Brillet Fils & Co.
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Went to Kimpton & spent evening Sing-song at P. Office with Cpl Watt.
In evening went to see an aeroplane that had come down just over the hill. French machine. Pilot wasn’t there. Examined it thoroughly. Took pilots place
18.8.16. Letters from Nan & Elaine. Parcel from Lucy.
19th Letters from Min (photo) & Miss Murray-Prior. Cpl Watt, Chissy & I went to get a car to go to Stonehenge. Just about 100 yds from camp a Ford passed us & stopped to our hail. We took it and went down to Mooltan for Miles. Then picked him up & went over to Stonehenge.
Had a very pleasant drive through Amesbury, Bulford etc.
Stonehenge is a bit disappointing after the Pyramids, Sphinx, Ramesis statue etc, but one realizes the size & age of it later. One stone 100 yds or so away throws its shadow just on to the altar stone at sunrise on 21st June each year.
We offered up Chissy on the sacrificial
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Went to church at Kimpton. Went in to supper at the P.O. Very nice people indeed.
Got pass for Saturday.
Sent “The Strafer - Strafed” to Pearsons.
25.8.16 Concert in the camp. Miles came over and said he’s under orders for France Sunday. Pretty good concert. Letter from Elaine.
Went to Smith’s in evening. Very enjoyable time indeed. Mrs Smith very nice & also Enid, Evelyn, Gwen & Madge. & Mick (John Vernon.) Jeff is a Lieutenant A.S.C. Walked home.
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Left by 5.40 from New St.
1.9.16 Applied for O.T.C. Wrote Muriel, Mother & Laura. Letter from Laura Tardif. Wrote May Kendall, Mrs Warr.
Letter from Miles. Sent “The Strafer Strafed” to Pearsons.
4.9.16. Wrote Mrs Holloway.
Transfer to Artillery came thro.
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11.9.16. Letter from Ena. Wrote 4 Misses Smith & Mother.
Wrote to Les Winters & Mrs Stone
17.9.16. Letters from Min, Daisy Deacon, Mother & Laura & Mrs Warr
Wrote Mother, Mrs McBride, & Mrs Holloway.
Got car from Perham Down about 3.30 p.m. Got to Park House camp about 5 p.m.
Had .4 filled. Took down my stripes.
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Wrote Mrs Warr.
Went with McDougall to Mooltan & the Command Depot. Wrote Elaine
on Wednesday. He’d be shocked if he heard some of the things said by the boys about him.
Wrote Mrs Tardif & Marj & Elaine. Letter from Ena
About midnight Harry Brighton & some others came in with 2 ducks & some cabbages they’d pinched. Woke to find the ducks, which they thought they’d
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Met Major Chambers.
1.10.16. Clock retarded an hour. On church parade. Letters from Elaine, Trix & Moore. Parcel from Mrs Frier. Sent parcel to Nancy
Evening. Just now 4 of the boys are cooking 5 rabbits which they snared today, for supper. 3 couples are dancing to the mouth organ of another. One other is writing, one playing patience, & one has a headache & is trying to sleep it off.
4.10.16. Wrote Marj & Min. Letter from Marj.
Stew of 4 rabbits in evening. N.T.B.
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Wrote Mrs Warr. On gun drill - N.T.B. Pretty strenuous. Wrote Bert Dawson, Nan Barbour & Mother
Wrote Daisy Coveney.
17.10.16 Parcel from Mrs Warr. Knicker for Bobbie. Wrote Mother. On the guns. Wrote May Kendall, Mr McBride & Willie McBride. Letter from E Charlwood.
On the guns.
Wrote Min, Glad Smith, Mrs Warr & Bertha.
Published F's Fancies
Saw plane fall - man killed
Letter from Marj. Tardif Went to church and communion
Wrote Emily Barnett.
Started at signalling school
1.11.16 Wrote W.Meyer, M Kirsten, Biddy Jones, Mr Healy, Ern, Nell Frier.
2.11.16 Getting on all right with signalling. Concert in evening.
In the evening after most of the boys were in bed, they started pulling the beds apart (little iron affairs about a foot high) & made in two pieces which slide together.
Things were pretty lively, specially when two of them started wrestling with hands blackened.
Went over to Larkhill in morning.
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7.11.16. Wrote Min. Letters from Elaine, Mrs Warr & Ena
8.11.16 Letters from Vera, wrote Min.
9.11.16. Went to Tidworth & P Downs
Letter from Mother. Wrote to Mr Ashby, Herb Misdale, Mrs Robb.+. Drew. 35/- Got duplicate pay book.
10.11.16. Letters from Rev. GW.Paice, Mabel Fuller, Min, Ern Gribble & Laura. P.C. to Min
11.11.16 Went to Perham Down. Met all the boys again. Slept in Sergts. Quarters with Lyndon Watt.
12.11.16 Walked back from P.D. Called at YMCA - Bhurtpore Barracks. Heard violinaste. Good. Wrote Mother.
13.11.16. Went to Larkhill to hear concert. Met Major Williams. Very nice indeed.
14.11.16 Letter from Mother.
Went to Rollestone to concert.
Went to Larkhill to Conc.
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Wrote Madame Calonne & Mrs Warr.
Nunn St, Benalla Vic
Got home about 2 a. Hard frost.
Sent silver badge to Queen, Mrs Warr, Plume to Tim & book to Mr Warr.
All the signallers refused to go on parade in night.
Nothing much happened about refusing last night, except lecturette. Wrote Mac.
Wrote Mrs Warr, Nan Barbour, Elaine, Nell Frier, Frank Green. about Mac OK
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Spoke to Lieut Helpman about flight. Plane badly landing crashed into another machine. No hurt much.
Had discussion on logarithms. after going to Primitive Methodist Church. Wrote Trix.
4.12.16 Wrote to Mrs Frier.
Wrote Miss Pearce
Warned for draft about Tuesday next. No leave.
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12.12.16 Issued boots etc. Wrote Mother.
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38 Rue Jacques
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Mrs W Banks.
65 Godinton Rd, Ashford. Kent.
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Der Alou Stefan
S’no Achille Thomas
34 Rue Jacques (Delelle)
J P Joyce
T W Scott
c/o R & E Tingay
Bank of Australasia
D A Smith
55 Nairn St