Frank Booth Coldstream Guards 1945 War Diary

Introduction

Frank Booth was born on the 24th January 1921. He lived at 6 New Gate Holmfirth, Huddersfield West Yorkshire.  His father was not named on his birth certificate and gives a clue as to why he writes to Mr & Mrs Booth, rather than Mum & Dad.

Before the war worked at Dobroyd mills manufacturing cloth in a small village close to where he was born called Jackson Bridge.

He had an eye for the ladies, writing frequently to Margaret’s Hartley & Swift, Helen, Grace & Isabel Fenders!  He also played the accordion and loved listening to (and later playing) the guitar. He was 5’ 10” tall and a size 10 in boots, size 15” collar.

Guardsman Frank Booth 2658941 No. 3 Company, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards was a very brave soldier, involved in the evacuation of Dunkirk; Operation Dynamo (1940) aged only 19.  He also fought at the front line in Tunisia; Operation Torch (1942) aged only 21, as detailed in his previously published 1942-43 diary.

Unfortunately his 1944 diary doesn’t appear to have survived, at least not in my possession.   He starts this 1945 diary in occupied Italy near Pesaro on the Adriatic coast, mainly playing his music for dances for the soldiers and (lots of) local women. Thankfully he survived the war safely.

He had an older brother Bill (Willie Sykes Booth 4615305) who also in the army as a Private during the war in 5 Section 50 Pioneer Corps.  He also had a younger brother Francis Geoffrey Booth C/JX 352205 who served on aircraft carrier HMS Vengeance during the war, to whom he writes frequently.  Although he never married he was survived by niece Janet Booth, daughter of Bill.

He passed away in Bradford Royal Infirmary on the 6th October 2012 aged 91 and is buried in Hade Edge Methodist Churchyard, next to his brother Bill and sister in law Millie.

January 1945

Monday 1st

Went to house with Mandel and played accordion.

Tuesday 2nd

Went to house with Mandel, Sgt Hirst. “7am”. Played accordion.

Wednesday 3rd

On guard tonight. Wrote Margaret.

Thursday 4th

Moved off and arrived at Cesena.

Friday 5th

Went to cinema to see “The Heavenly Body”. Letter from Grace, Margaret and Isabel.

Saturday 6th

Painting stands all day.

Sunday 7th

Wrote Isabel and Margaret. Finished painting the stands. Keep at the Pelman training.

Monday 8th

Posted parcel of babies clothes to Frank and Alice. Visited house with Mandel.

Tuesday 9th

Posted first lesson to Pelman Institute. Started work sheet and lesson No. 2. Posted letter to Margaret.

Wednesday 10th

Went to see South African concert party “Modern Airs” and posted letter to Grace.

Thursday 11th

Received letters, Bill’s wife, Francis and Isabel. Dance at Eden Hall and on guard tonight!

Friday 12th

Party at Sig’s Sergeant’s Mess. I played accordion in band for 1st time for one hour.

Saturday 13th

Dance for Tactical Army at A.M.G. hall. Swell place, with chandeliers, good dance floor etc. also tapestries and pictures.

Sunday 14th

Played again for police dance yesterday and today, very good shout. Write to Hohner people for pieces for the beginner on base and treble.

Monday 15th

Letters from Margaret and Isabel. Must write tomorrow. Played at Eden ballroom this afternoon.

Tuesday 16th

Got off, went to house with Pat. Good dance.

Wednesday 17th

Got off for the day. Went to cinema in Pesaro today.

Thursday 18th

Played at Police do with accordion and guitar.

Friday 19th

Played at Sergeant’s mess (Sigs). Good do.

Saturday 20th

Visited dive with Mandel. Caught by police. New band room.

Sunday 21st

Batman for Major. Wrote Margaret. On guard tonight. Getting hard-worked. War in Europe end May-June?

Monday 22nd

Played at Sigs dance in afternoon. A.M.G. hall at night. Had a rare thing 9.30 hrs am.

Tuesday 23rd

Play at A.M.G. hall. Wrote Isabel. Played in house for Sgt. Major.

Wednesday 24th

Went to Pesaro for strings for guitar, violin.

Thursday 25th

Played for Tactical Army.

Friday 26th

Played for Sgt Mess and officer’s dance.

Saturday 27th

Played for Rear Army dance.

Sunday 28th

Played for Police dance.

Monday 29th

Played at Eden ballroom for Sig’s dance. Accordion practice.

Tuesday 30th

Played at A.M.G. hall for dance. Tank workshops.

Wednesday 31st

Went to ENSA show and took kit up for Sgt’s dance. Practice on accordion.

February 1945

Thursday 1st

Wrote Isabel and Margaret. Play Eden hall for main Army.

Friday 2nd

Went to play at St. Angelo for tank troop’s workshops.

Saturday 3rd

Rear Army dance. Not too bad.

Sunday 4th

Went to A.M.G. dance (Italian band) and played for Sgt Major in house. Don’t go on that game, it isn’t worth it?

Monday 5th

Played for Sig’s dance in the afternoon at Eden Hall. On guard tonight.

Tuesday 6th

Had a clear day, went to pictures in afternoon and visited house at night.

Wednesday 7th

Practice today.

Thursday 8th

Played at the Municipio.

Friday 9th

Day off, went to Pini’s for a drink of wine.

Saturday 10th

Played at Rear Army H.Q. dance.

Sunday 11th

Broadcast at Cesano theatre for 1 hour. Practice in afternoon. Ticked up No. 2 form Pelman course.

Monday 12th

Played at Eden hall (Sigs dance) and went to the bakery. Unit dance – Engineers Band.

Tuesday 13th

Played at Engineers (Rfy Co) dance. A decent affair.

Wednesday 14th

Went to see ENSA show in afternoon, pictures (Bathing BeautiesRed Skelton) and practiced accordion.

Thursday 15th

Band practice today. Also General McCreery’s visit.

Friday 16th

Played at Municipio.

Saturday 17th

No dance because of Cesena Bishop’s embargo.

Sunday 18th

Broadcast on the Army Troops Radio.

Monday 19th

Played at Eden hall and went up into house with Bill.

Tuesday 20th

Played in Eden hall. Went to bed at ten o’clock for a change.

Wednesday 21st

Day off. Went to pictures. Played accordion in house for Chappie.

Thursday 22nd

Played at Eden hall.

Friday 23rd

Played at St. Angelo, stayed overnight.

Saturday 24th

Day off. Went for a walk visited the NAAFI (Berkely) and played accordion for dancing.

Sunday 25th

Wrote to Isabel and Margaret. Went to dinner at the NAAFI (Berkely restaurant).

Monday 26th

Played at Eden hall in the afternoon.

Tuesday 27th

Day off. Went to Ancona to get accordion. £10.

Wednesday 28th

Played at Eden hall.

March 1945

Thursday 1st

Played at the Municipal hall Main Army dance.

Friday 2nd

Played at Eden hall. Private gramophone recital.

Wednesday 3rd

Played at St. Angelo. Good do. Had a bottle of Worthington’s.

Sunday 4th

Sgt. Picks got back from leave. I got back from S. and sent off £4 for cigs. Should cover us for 3 months as from today.

Thursday 15th

Municipio.

Friday 16th

Sigs hall dance at night.

Saturday 17th

Went out with Doris in the afternoon Municipio.

Sunday 18th

Day off. Went for a stroll. Sgt. Major’s party with A.T.S. at night. Just the job.

Monday 19th

Played at Sigs hall, went to ENSA show (R.E.’s)

Tuesday 20th

Went out with Doris in the evening. Very intelligent, very quiet, too much like a pin-up girl.

Wednesday 21st

St. Angelo. Pretty good. 2nd Lt. down with malaria.

Thursday 22nd

Practice in band room.

Friday 23rd

Went to Virgin City with Mandel. Had a tiff with barman.

Saturday 24th

Dance at Municipio. Monty pushes. What the luck.

Saturday 25th

Went with Blondie, Georgie and Frazer to Virgin City. Great time of it. Pelman book 4 nearly finished. Sent off £4 to Isabel.

Sunday 26th

Received music from Isabel. Sent off £4 again today.

Monday 27th

Got the piano tuned. Finished book No. 4. Wrote to John Hilton.

Tuesday 28th

Played for Signals Sgt’s mess.

Wednesday 29th

Played in YMCA Cesena.

Friday 30th

Went to see Italian ENSA show. Good accordion band (4 accordions, double bass, drums, guitar.

Saturday 31st

Newmarket Races” item. Note about the piano being dirty from S. M. Paton.

April 1945

Sunday 1st

Played at DR’s (Sigs hall). Look after the band more.

Monday 2nd

Day off. Painted up.

Tuesday 3rd

Day off. Painted up.

Wednesday 4th

Played at Berkely club Cesena.

Thursday 5th

Took kit to Sigs Sgt’s mess, didn’t play.

Friday 6th

Played at Municipio. Saw Camp about guitar. Sent off £2 to Isabel, payment for accordion straps and music.

Saturday 7th

Rear Army Camp dance. Municipio.

Sunday 8th

Did a spot of painting. Played at Municipio.

Monday 9th

Painted the backs of several stands.

Tuesday 10th

Sigs Sgt’s mess dance.

Wednesday 11th

Sant Angelo dance.

Thursday 12th

Hospital dance. 83rd General.

Friday 13th

Rear Army dance, Sgt’s Mess.

Saturday 14th

Played at Rear Army dance. Read Pelman book No. 5.

Sunday 15th

Had a good party at Monty Banks & Gracie Fields House. Got put on a 2 hours absence charge coming back.

Monday 16th

Waiting to be tried. Wrote Institute and also Comforts Fund. Went to cinema.

Tuesday 17th

Given 14 days C.B. starting today. Band meeting 7.30.

Wednesday 18th

Painted stands. Practiced accordion.

Thursday 19th

Painted stands.

Friday 20th

Played at Sgt Mess for dance. No A.T.S. Went to cinema.

Saturday 21st

Practised accordion. Wrote Isabel.

Sunday 22nd

Practised accordion.

Monday 23rd

Accordion practice and cinema. Band practice.

Tuesday 24th

Accordion practice.

Wednesday 25th

Accordion practice. Went to cinema. Henry Cotton got married. Laceby.

Thursday 26th

Accordion practice.

Friday 27th

Played at Sigs Sgt’s Mess. Cabaret show.

Saturday 28th

Practiced accordion.

Sunday 29th

Practiced accordion. Had a rare thing, and also returned money 500 Lira. Got drunk on whisky, beer, etc. Leave whisky alone.

Monday 30th

Last day of C.B. Practised accordion. Loaded canteen wagon.

May 1945

Tuesday 1st

Practiced accordion.

Wednesday 2nd

Moved out of Cesena. Moved into tents near Ferrara.

Thursday 3rd

No practice on accordion.

Friday 4th

Living in E.R.I.P. tent with the drummer and the sax player.

Saturday 5th

Mucked around with Fraser.

Sunday 6th

Played accordion at nearby village dance.

Monday 7th

Digging all day and played for house dance.

Tuesday 8th

I play accordion for house dance.

Wednesday 9th

Main party arrived. I play accordion for house dance.

Thursday 10th

Went down to Venice. Bought stockings. Received cigs.

Friday 11th

Gala day. Played guitar in band at 4 o’clock, 7-9, 10-11. Good do.

Saturday 12th

Cleared up the stage. Went to the cinema at night.

Sunday 13th

Away on advance party to 96 kilo’s from border. Packing tents up. Played at village dance.

Monday 14th

Worked all day putting tents up.

Tuesday 15th

Putting and sorting out tents. Wrote Margaret.

Wednesday 16th

Went to a canteen for dance, held in Italian vino shop near Udine.

Thursday 17th

Wrote Mr & Mrs Booth, Francis and Isabel.

Friday 18th

Put up further tents and supervised Italians. Went to the French woman’s house.

Saturday 19th

Helped sanitary. Distributed NAFFI. Went to French woman’s house.

Sunday 20th

Tito’s trouble over Trieste. Carry ammo. Visited house, but didn’t go to village jig. Tito’s trouble seems to be clearing up?

Monday 21st

Made cricket pitch with Italians. On pass today. Stayed in.

Tuesday 22nd

Went to Joe’s house, a drop of red wine.

Wednesday 23rd

Band practice tonight. Wet again under marquee.

Thursday 24th

Had tooth out. Worked on goal posts. Went to house.

Friday 25th

Built small road buttress. ½ hour on accordion. Sprained my wrist. Visited house with washing.

Saturday 26th

Raining like hell. Put up two EPI’s. Party, didn’t play much because of wrist.

Sunday 27th

Went to see M.O. Excused duty and had arm in sling. Good work on Pelmanism.

Monday 28th

Read 11-12 books on Pelmanism. Finished on book 10. 6 packs cigs up to now.

Tuesday 29th

Finished books 11, 12, 13 on Pelmanism. Wrote Francis. Stayed in and played accordion a little by ear.

Wednesday 30th

Read books, wrote letters all day. Played accordion a little at night.

Thursday 31st

Italian fiesta. Wrote Francis & Margaret.

June 1945

Friday 1st

Took accordion to Udine. Wrote Isabel. Last day of rest following sprained wrist.

Saturday 2nd

Did a little work and played accordion at party. (Soficani Cavanaugh.)

Sunday 3rd

Did a little work and visited house.

Monday 4th

Working with Italians.

Tuesday 5th

Busy working putting up tents. Visited house.

Wednesday 6th

Away on leave to Venice Lido. Got accordion from Udine.

Thursday 7th

Fitted up at the Excelsior on the sea front.

Friday 8th

Spent a lot of time in boats, gondola’s and walking about.

Saturday 9th

Sent off post cards to everybody including Peter Swift.

Sunday 10th

Stayed with Janeti in the “bosco”. What a night of it.

Monday 11th

Mucked about San Marco’s Square. Went to cinema.

Tuesday 12th

Made gramophone message at the NAFFI – EFI. Sent it off to Isabel.

Wednesday 13th

Arrived back from Venice. Received two packs of cigs.

Thursday 14th

Looked after bath house. Played at house from 9 till 12.

Friday 15th

Went to Camp Fanton at 6.30pm. Left business in the area. Drunk again.

Saturday 16th

Had a village dance in café with accordion. Took Pat along.

Sunday 17th

Had a good drink with Pat (Coldstreamer). Swimming and boating.

Monday 18th

Had letter from Margaret and replied too it. Swimming and rowing.

Tuesday 19th

Staying at a place called San Danielle.

Wednesday 20th

Played guitar and accordion. Swimming in lake.

Thursday 21st

Night spent in walking. Watched the corn machine.

Friday 22nd

Went with A.T.S. girl. Blooming awful. Horse riding.

Saturday 23rd

Go for swim. Play for dance in café 9 till 12. Very good vino bianco.

Sunday 24th

Wrote Isabel and Francis about leave.

Monday 25th

Walked round the village. Swimming, rowing.

Tuesday 26th

A chap was drowned in lake. I ran a village jig in the local pub.

Wednesday 27th

Raining cats & dogs

Thursday 28th

Played in the smaller café in a village near St. Danielle.

Friday 29th

Visited the English speaking Italians. Went to village “barn dance”.

Saturday 30th

Ran a jig in the larger café.

July 1945

Sunday 1st

Ran a jig in the larger café. Walked home “etc” with a woman and had a good time of it.

Monday 2nd

Take soap and cigs to Louisie. Visit papa.

Tuesday 3rd

Play for dance in village café.

Wednesday 4th

Plenty of swimming and rowing.

Thursday 5th

Ran a village dance. Take Louisie.

Friday 6th

Visit Louisie at the house. Have a great time of it.

Saturday 7th

Went to Louisie house. Quiet night.

Sunday 8th

Visit St. Danielle.

Monday 9th

Had Louisie again with me. Visited the house.

Tuesday 10th

Ran dance in village café. Got paid for it. The first time.

Wednesday 11th

Lots of swimming and rowing. Very little sleep.

Thursday 12th

Went up to St. Danielle for the night. Drinking.

Friday 13th

Played at village dance and stayed with Louisie.

Saturday 14th

Margaret throws the sponge in. The girl who waited too long!

Sunday 15th

First day back in camp at Rear HQ Udine.

Monday 16th

Did tents and wall building. Sigs canteen. Letter from Bill, also photos.

Tuesday 17th

Went to Udine on pass.

Wednesday 18th

Went up to café in village 4 kilos away. Plenty of vermouth.

Thursday 19th

Went to Udine on pass. Pictures and dined on Italian cooking.

Friday 20th

Played in village café at Mandel’s request. Lot of vermouths.

Saturday 21st

Was up at Signals canteen. Also visited H. Mess. The last of the silk.

Sunday 22nd

Accordion practice by ear. Sweltering in the heat under canvas. Sent parcel off to Isabel. Advance party. Doing the last Pelman book 15.

Monday 23rd

Went to open air cinema – Bob Hope in the Princess and the Pirate. Accordion practice.

Tuesday 24th

Had a good drink of vermouth. Spent evening in playing accordion and drinking.

Wednesday 25th

Letter from Isabel. Practice accordion at night less music.

Thursday 26th

Received a letter from Margaret. Practiced accordion. Wrote back.

Friday 27th

Practiced accordion went to open air cinema on village green.

Saturday 28th

Got awfully drunk in Udine today on champagne.   P.S. Really drunk.

Sunday 29th

Received letter from Isabelle stating she received parcel and also £1 note. That makes £5 she has got for our benefit on leave.

Monday 30th

Played the accordion in Officer’s Mess (H.) Had enough to drink.

Tuesday 31st

Sweltering in the sun all day. Thunderstorm in evening. Practiced accordion.

August 1945

Wednesday 1st

Practiced accordion with music. Sold cigs and choc for 600 Lira. Chromatic scale. Letter from Margaret.

Friday 3rd

Went to St. Danielle to see Louisie. Got back in time for cinema. No accordion.

Saturday 4th

Worked hard all day on stage (am) and bath house (pm). Wrote to Isabel.

Sunday 5th

Working all day. Practiced accordion. Saw the education officer. Shall I go in for a trade or school certificate.

Monday 6th

Worked all day packing up. Letter from Francis. Practiced accordion. Party – beer & vermouth.

Tuesday 7th

Worked all day.

Wednesday 8th

Acquired blue silk blouse. Played a little.

Thursday 9th

Working all day. Played accordion a little.

Friday 10th

Came up into Austria. Passed Villach and Klagenfurt. Played accordion a little.

Saturday 11th

Heaved tents around all day. Must get proper accordion practice and thinking about getting a trade?

Sunday 12th

Peeled potatoes all day. Played accordion a little.

Monday 13th

Moving tents. Ordinary work. Spoke to Sgt Major about promotion and an entry into a mess.

Tuesday 14th

Wrote to Bill, Mr. Booth, Margaret, Isabel.

Wednesday 15th

Practiced accordion practically. Peeled potatoes. Had chocolate.

Thursday 16th

Holiday. Did nothing all day. Practiced accordion. Party.

Friday 17th

V.J. holiday. Accordion practice. Saw about the book keeping, but have decided to wait till after leave. Wood machining and carpentry?

Saturday 18th

Not much chance for accordion. Turning civvies out.

Sunday 19th

Turning civvies out all day. Accordion practice at night. Good accordion practice lately.

Monday 20th

Turning civvies out. Worked all day, but good accordion practice.

Tuesday 21st

Worked all day. New YMCA at Treibach. Picture house usher at night. No accordion.

Wednesday 22nd

Went to see Austrian folk show. No accordion practice. Very busy all day.

Thursday 23rd

Saw Marie, German girl. Had a great time with her.

Friday 24th

Worked all day. Played accordion belong to Cpl. Cook, Main H.Q. in YMCA canteen. Isabel music arrives.

Saturday 25th

Got playing accordion with Cpl. Cook of Main Army. Got some good pieces to practice and learn.

Sunday 26th

Worked with tents all day. Played accordion a little at night.

Monday 27th

Plenty of work these days with the tents. A little accordion practice.

Tuesday 28th

At Police party with accordion. Was awfully drunk. No music practice.

Wednesday 29th

Went to see the English film “Blythe Spirit” with Jim. No practice.

Thursday 30th

Stayed with Ed main cookhouse. Tried to play with him, a little practice.

Friday 31st

Hand high party today.

September 1945

Saturday 1st

Hard at work with tents. Accordion practice.

Sunday 2nd

Helped in the bath house. Played accordion without music.

Monday 3rd

Case of the ? and the ?. Not very pleasant.

Tuesday 4th

Went out with A.T.S. girl. All ended at the cinema.

Wednesday 5th

Play accordion at Camp Commandant release party. The case of the ?.

Thursday 6th

Set off from H.Q. arrived at Villach camp. 1st move.

Friday 7th

Passed through Italy at 12 o’clock. Brenner Pass at 3 o’clock. Arrived at Alamein camp, Innsbruck.

Saturday 8th

Passed over the Dolomites. Arrived at Tunis camp, Ulm. Agricultural area.

Sunday 9th

Arrived at Mainz. Crossed the Rhine. Noted the factories (for war) clear of town. Nice girls. Much bomb damage.

Monday 10th

Arrived at Sedan, French Ardennes. Cruised a little French textile town.

Tuesday 11th

Arrived at Calais. Slept over night.

Wednesday 12th

Crossed the Channel, stayed overnight in London.

Thursday 13th

Came up from London and stopped with Mrs Barrow. Moved to Hade Edge.

Friday 14th

Came to see Millie and played with dance band (guitar).

Saturday 15th

Went to the cinema at Holmfirth with Clifford. Visited Conservative Club.

Sunday 16th

Wrote to Francis, Isabel and Margaret.

Monday 17th

Waiting on for Bill and also for my credits.

Tuesday 18th

Bill arrived during night. We got drunk etc.

Wednesday 19th

Row with the family but we (Millie, Bill and I) went to police. They go to infirmary tomorrow.

Thursday 20th

I travelled to Blairgowrie arrived at 5 o’clock. Slept overnight in YMCA Huddersfield.

Friday 21st

Listened to a very high-brow concert. I didn’t like it.

Saturday 22nd

Went to hear boys – band contest. No free love. Visited ? Park. Saw Dougie ?.

Sunday 23rd

Went to Scottish Church (Blairgowrie) with Isabel. O.K.

Monday 24th

Went for a walk into country with Isabel. Spoke to “Woody”.

Tuesday 25th

Went to Dundee. All shops need coupons. Cinema at night.

Wednesday 26th

Went for a walk in afternoon with Isabel. Cinema at night.

Thursday 27th

Visited Perth, paddled canoes at South Inch. Very good.

Friday 28th

Went to Scotch dance. Very good.

Saturday 29th

Go back today. Rail crash. I was on train previous.

Sunday 30th

Stayed with Millie’s people. Had tea with Clifford. The best week’s holiday I ever had.

October 1945

Monday 1st

Went to Grimsby and arrived about 4 o’clock. Awful time of it.

Tuesday 2nd

Went with Margaret. Very awful company and am thoroughly cheesed off.

Wednesday 3rd

Came back from Grimsby. Satisfied to get away. Finish writing. Awful.

Thursday 4th

Slept in lounge of YMCA. Dancing at CO-OP hall.

Friday 5th

Went with Mary, and slept with Margery. Stayed the night.

Saturday 6th

Stayed in the morning at Margery’s, then got away to meet Mary.

Sunday 7th

Arrived at Millie’s. Went to Harvest Festival, Hade Edge. Club at night Stanton Arms. Not satisfied without Isabel.

Monday 8th

Attended a sale of harvest foods. Paid /6- for butter! Very dull indeed.

Tuesday 9th

Went to Huddersfield with Millie. Visited Picture House and Palace.

Wednesday 10th

Set off, via 8 o’clock Penistone bus. Went to dance in London.

Thursday 11th

Met a guardsman. Visited Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park. Two women at night.

Friday 12th

Went up to Euston station up Tottenham Court Road. Got watch mended, saw Scandalli accordion.

Saturday 13th

On the boat and arrived at Calais. Stayed overnight.

Sunday 14th

Set off in Blue Train. Travelled to Paris. France is flat agricultural country. Large but thinly populated.

Monday 15th

Slept overnight in corridor of train. Arrived Torino passed through Simplon.

Tuesday 16th

Stayed in barracks. Wrote Isabel. Went out into Torino had a very good night playing accordion. Paid Lira.

Wednesday 17th

In train from Torino. Train overnight.

Thursday 18th

Arrived at Villach camp.

Friday 19th

Arrived at B.T.A. H.Q. in Klagenfurt after day from Alamein camp.

Saturday 20th

Played at Joyce Gotland’s party. Scandalli accordion.

Sunday 21st

Was on fire picket tonight. Played accordion. No mail.

Monday 22nd

Started joinery. Made 1 fire stand for buckets. Went to pictures and Austrian beer cellar.

Tuesday 23rd

Made 1 stand. Went to M.T. party. Quite a good show.

Wednesday 24th

Made one fire stand. Went to the H.Q. dance. Got to know Gertie an Austrian girl who speaks English.

Thursday 25th

Went with Vincent and Betty to No. 1 Welfare Centre.

Friday 26th

Went with Gertie to see “Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Viking.

Saturday 27th

Went to German cinema and enjoyed it.

Sunday 28th

Went to the lake at Bad Godesberg 4 kilos out of Klagenfurt. I saw a beautiful sunset from the top of the mountain.

Monday 29th

Went out with Gertrude but stayed inside hotel. Politics talk with a liberal Austrian.

Tuesday 30th

Went for a short walk with Gertrude. Played accordion in private and had a carry on with the girl wasn’t happy.

Wednesday 31st

Wrote letters to Bill and Isabel. Went out with Gertrude.

November 1945

Thursday 1st

Had Gertrude for final time. Played accordion.

Friday 2nd

Was with Ingrid. Played accordion. Gertrud in bed with headache.

Saturday 3rd

Wrote Isabel. Saw Gertrude but didn’t go out with her. Went to garrison cinema show.

Sunday 4th

Already US as playing accordion in the canteen for 1 hour.

Monday 5th

Saw Gertrude last night. Not too good.

Tuesday 6th

Went to canteen and played accordion. Saw “Goodbye Mr. Chips”.

Wednesday 7th

Went to HQ dance. Met Cathy and saw Gertie. Played accordion.

Thursday 8th

Went for a short walk with Gertie. Nothing doing.

Friday 9th

Joe and I were sat drinking in the Trieste hotel. Gertie and the other went with Capt.

Saturday 10th

Had a jolly good drink of whisky and sherry. Fell out with Gertrude.

Sunday 11th

Went for a stroll with Joe in town. Accordion practice. Women always seem to want. I am to ask for apprentices and also education.

Monday 12th

Played accordion and went out with Chris.

Tuesday 13th

Got my watch back. Went to garrison cinema.

Wednesday 14th

Dance, had a lot of beer and danced a lot.

Thursday 15th

Walked around town. Filled in forms for education and carpenter course.

Friday 16th

Went to ENSA show “Gaslight” with Chris. Exchanged watch for 600 cigs.

Saturday 17th

Met Hilda and played Hohner accordion. The bass was rather harsh. Wrote to Isabel and W. Haig.

Sunday 18th

Was up at the A.T.S. billets.

Monday 19th

Had a drink in canteen.

Tuesday 20th

Went to Viking cinema. Walked to ATS with Anne.

Wednesday 21st

Went to HQ dance. Attended with Chris.

Thursday 22nd

Went to cinema with Chris.

Friday 23rd

Went to opera music Schubert with Ellen. Tea dance in Crusader club.

Saturday 24th

Had a drink of vermouth and beer at No. 6 workshops.

Sunday 25th

Went with Chris ATS girl to the cinema.

Monday 26th

Went to tea dance in NAFFI. Met up with Anita.

Tuesday 27th

Had a drunken brawl with Metcalf. Played accordion and associated with Anita.

Wednesday 28th

Went to HQ dance with Chris.

Thursday 29th

Went with Anita to dance tonight. Minor brawl with Metcalf.

Friday 30th

Bought pen and pencil. With Anita.

December 1945

Saturday 1st

Went to Car Co. dance.

Sunday 2nd

Stopped in Anita’s house. Played guitar.

Monday 3rd

Perhaps I go beginner’s course carpentry.

Tuesday 4th

Went to cinema. Didn’t see Anita. No accordion.

Wednesday 5th

What about Police dance tonight.

Thursday 6th

Went to dance at Car Co.

Friday 7th

Went to dance.

Saturday 8th.

Walked Anita home.

Sunday 9th

Walked Anita home.

Tuesday 11th

Stopped in Anita’s house and went to 3 Coy Sigs dance.

Wednesday 12th

Stopped in Anita’s house.

Thursday 13th

Stopped in Anita’s house. Very nice.

Friday 14th

Stayed in Anita’s house.

Saturday 15th

Went to Austrian dance but came away from it.

Sunday 16th

Stayed in barracks and had drink of beer in canteen. Do not give Anita anything more.

Monday 17th

Saw Anita home from NAFFI.

Tuesday 18th

Waited for Anita in house. Getting cheesed off with her.

Wednesday 19th

Went to HQ dance with Anita. Row about her mucking around with men.

Thursday 20th

Slowly getting Anita round to my way of thinking.

Friday 21st

Scottie makes the acquaintance of Louisa – so do I!

Saturday 22nd

Had terrible row with Anita. She was in tears and I was raving.

Sunday 23rd

No work today but delivered coal to Villa Eugene. What about writing to Coldstreamers Association?

Monday 24th

Got inebriated with Anita and family. A delightful evening.

Tuesday 25th

Anita invited two blokes up to house so I had an awful time of it.

Wednesday 26th

Stayed with Anita in house and had a delightful time with her.

Thursday 27th

Stayed in and wrote letter to Isabel. Bed at 9.30 hrs.

Friday 28th

The last day with Anita. It was really smashing, we both love each other very much.

Saturday 29th

Set off for Florence today. Went down to restaurant in NAFFI and had a passing night.

Sunday 30th

Wrote to Anita and Vincent. Went into restaurant at Villach.

Monday 31st

Went down to Klagenfurt to see Anita and had a marvellous time.

Frank Booth Coldstream Guards 1945 War Diary

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