Young Fred’s war diary is a record of him serving at the start of 1943, aged 22 years old, in the Royal Marines Division. Initially based at Spurn Point on the East Yorkshire coast of England doing largely watch or guard duties. He spends most of his time ashore but occasionally is tasked on board requisitioned trawlers.
Later he is posted back to the Royal Marine Barracks at Chatham (which his service record serial number CH/X 100377 indicates was his home barracks) in Kent. He undergoes signal training there and is eventually posted overseas from Portsmouth on Sunday 18th July, via Freetown Sierra Leone & Cape Town South Africa, to Bombay India.
Also included are 2 airgraphs from Fred to his mother, a Mrs H.E. Bailey residing at “Mahalaxmi” 41 Drayton Road, Borehamwood, Herts England written from Naval Party 1030 GPO London to celebrate her birthday and Christmas 1943.
His sweetheart was Betty Price from whom he receives various letters and a valentine card and to whom he writes fairly regularly, although like many naval types he appears to have a few others on the go too!
He was born on the 10th August 1920 and had with the following further details:
Pay No: 6th Div. (GII 1212) 266
Rifle No: V 14457
X Rayed R.N.B. 8th March 1943 (140359)
Naval Party 1030 Pay No 219
Inoculation TABC 100% 8th November 1943
He survived the war but no further information is known.
Letters from B. Price & Alan. Ditto P. Davey. Greetings from Dot. Walsham. Airgraph from Gordon Tedder
Got up 08.00. Paid £2-10-0. Did first dog and first. 3/6d in letter from Mum from Women’s Sec: British Legion.
Letters from Mum (& Jo). Ditto Mary Wilshire. Card from Alan
Did the afternoon and last dog watches – proceeded by the morning. Cold as the grave. Much A.A. at night.
Did middle and forenoon. Turned in all afternoon.
Letter from B. Price. Wrote: Alan Hedges, Peggy Davey, Mum and British Legion, Betty Price, Mary Wilshire
Did first dog and first. Strong blizzard in progress.
Sent £1-0-0 home, also uniform. Letter from Peggy Davey
Did morning. Turned in all forenoon. Tidied gear in the afternoon. Snow – 30 mph SSE.
Wrote (& sweater) to Bill
Did afternoon watch and last dog. Pleasant weather.
Did middle, forenoon, first dog and first watches.
Letter from P. Davey. Ditto B. Sweeting. Paper from Mum
Did morning watch. Cold 33 degrees. Rolled in forenoon. Bathed in afternoon.
Letter from B. Price. Wrote 2 airgraphs to Dot. Wrote 1 airgraph to Tedder. Wrote 1 letter to Gwen
Loafed most of the day. Dhobied a little. Snowing heavily. Went to concert and saw Carlton Accordion Players.
Letters to P. Davey, B. Sweeting.
Dhobied in the forenoon. Did afternoon watch. Tanner Officer of the Watch. Last dog.
Wrote B. Price.
Did middle and forenoon. Turned in for afternoon.
Wrote Anne Scullion, Joan Peacock.
Loafed most of time. Did first dog and first.
Did morning watch. Turned in for forenoon. Fixed Aerial for radio. OK.
Laid in until 10.30. Paid £2.2.0
Letter from Doris Milner. Wrote Doris, Fitz
Learn that Bill is at, of all places, Patrington. Did afternoon, last dog, middle
Letter from Bill, Alan, B. Price. Wrote Bill.
Did middle forenoon. First dog and first
Lent Barney £1.0.0 (Paid FRB 21/1). Lent Bill £0.10.0. Letter from Bill
Loafed etc. Lit boiler etc. Went on watch 12.00. Did afternoon. Last dog.
Wrote Mum. Letter from Anne & Gwen
Did Middle and Forenoon. Borrowed bike from F.C. Cycled over to Out Newton to see Bill. Stayed at site for tea. Got back in time for supper. Saw “Manhunt” at NAAFI.
Did spot of dhobeying in forenoon. First dog and first.
Wrote Alan, B. Price, Anne S., Pte Gwen Cutbush A.T.S.
Morning, afternoon, last dog. Bad visibility.
Letter from Mum, Peggy Davey. Wrote Mum.
Did middle and forenoon. Turned in for afternoon. Bathed and dhobied in evening.
Letter from Len Skinner. Papers from Mum. Wrote P. Davey, L. Skinner.
Did not turn out until 12.00. Bill came down to Spurn. Had tea, supper, couple of pints at the NAAFI. He left at 2.00.
Got up 08.15. Did first dog and first.
Letter from Mary Wilshire. Wrote Mary Wilshire.
Note from Bill. Wrote Bill.
Did afternoon and last dog.
Letter from B. Price.
Did middle and forenoon.
Reg. packet etc. from Mum. Letter from Dobs.
Loafed most of day. Made a few gadgets. Paid £1-16-0.
Wrote B. Price, Mum. Letters from Nan, D. Ginn
Did first dog, first.
Letter from Doris Milner. Wrote Babs, Alan.
Did morning, afternoon and last dog. Gale.
Did middle and forenoon. Turned in for afternoon.
Letter from Anne, Peggy
Did first dog and first
Letter from Bill
Did morning watch. Turned in most of day.
Wrote Doris Milner, Don Ginn. Letter from B. Price.
Did afternoon, last dog.
Middle, forenoon, first dog and first.
Herts Ads and Mirror from Mum. Letter from Alan.
Did morning watch. Had 3 breakfasts and turned in until teatime. Bathed and did a bit of letter writing. Lent Dickinson £1-0-0.
Wrote Anne, Mr J Wright.
Loafed about. Did a bit dhobeying.
Wrote Mum, Bill, P. Davey
Did afternoon and last dog.
Did middle and forenoon. Turned in for afternoon. Saw “Holiday Inn” at NAAFI.
Loafed (getting quite a habit isn’t it?) Did first dog and first.
Airgraph to Dot. Wrote Alan, Betty Price. Got Reg. letter from Bill.
Did morning watch. Turned in forenoon.
Letter to Bill, Dobs, N. Johnson. Letter from Dobs.
Loafed, as usual, for the forenoon. Slept all afternoon. Paid £1-18-0.
Letter from Don Ginn, Mrs Wright.
Up at 08.15 for breakfast. Bit of dhobeying in forenoon. Did afternoon, last dog.
Valentine from B. Price. Valentine gram to B. Price.
Did middle and forenoon, first dog and first.
Got gear packed, after coming off morning. Spend day messing about awaiting boat. Spent evening attempting to salvage barrage balloon. Was partially successful.
Valentine from Peggy Davey and one from “?” at Watford. Letter from Alan. 1 from Len Skinner.
Got rigged and messed about all forenoon. Caught Outburst and went on to Arlette. Picked up first watch.
Did morning, afternoon and middle.
Papers from Mum. Letter from Nellie.
Letter from B. Price, P. Davey
Did afternoon at Office
Letter from Anne Scullion, Babs Sweeting. Wrote Mum, B. Price, Alan, L. Skinner
Arlette/RN Barracks (GY)
RNB (GY) / RMB (CH)
Up at 07.00, breakfasted at RNB, caught 09.05 at GY docks. Arrived Chatham 16.30. Slept N6 room.
Spent forenoon going round various offices.
Wrote Mum, Anna Scullion.
M. Barracks Chatham
Paraded. Paid £1-16-0. Signal school afterward. Did 04.00 – 06.00 as bell sentry.
Letters from Mum, B. Price, Don Ginn, Alan
Signal school in forenoon. Rolled in all afternoon. Did spot of ironing etc. in evening.
Was warned off immediate foreign draft. Got gear packed. Went on bell sentry 22.00
Wrote Mum, D. Ginn.
Came off bell sentry 02.00. Paraded with Woof at orderly room 07.55.
Paraded 08.00. Sig school. Forenoon, afternoon. Saw “King Arthur was a Gent”.
Paraded as usual.
Letter from Bill. Wrote Bill.
Signal school. Marked gear etc.
Papers from Mum. Letters from D. Milner, M. Wilshire. Wrote Alan, B. Price
Paid £0-18-0. Went to cinema – saw “Me and My Gal”.
Zeroed rifle. Did P.A.D. (No 1 section fire fighting squad)
Went ashore with “Woof”. Met Betty Haynes.
Parade 07.55. X-rayed at R.N.B. in afternoon. Went stroll Vera White, Woof, B. Haynes.
Letter from Anne Scullion.
Signal school. P.A.D. exercise at night. N.T.R.
Papers from Mum. Letter from Jack Wildman, Bill.
Still at signal school.
Wrote Doris Milner, M. Wilshire, Mrs Wright, Geo Wright, Bill, Mum.
Got new greatcoat and stripes from store. Saw Beryl and Vera near barracks. Got gear ready for leave.
Letter from Len Skinner.
RMB / Leave
Drew pay £2-7-0. Proceeded on 7 day leave. Arrived home 1.30. Dug a bit of garden and a few chores. Went to studio, saw “Mrs Miniver”.
Went to Shenley with Alan. Dance @ Keystone’s.
Saw “7 Days Leave” at Studio.
Wrote Eddie Gutsel.
Had ride round on bike, afternoon at R.C. Strolled over to horses with Babs.
Wrote Mrs Dob.
Marked gear in forenoon. Out with Al in evening.
Wrote Jack Wuldman
Leave / Barracks
Left home 2.45pm. Arrived barracks 19.00. Transferred to A2 at main.
Paraded at Miss – musters. Paid 18/-. Sig school in afternoon. Saw “Road to Morocco” in evening. 7/6 mess savings from R. Cullingford
Letter from P. Davey
Paraded 0755. Rolled in for afternoon. Went to Hippodrome.
Buzzer 100% 100%
Lamp 95% 100%
Semaphore 99.5% 92.5%
Paraded 0845, P.A.D.
Wrote R. Cullingford, Mum, Len Skinner, P. Davey, Anne.
Paraded at 0800 as usual. Did a few “reads”. Did not go ashore in evening.
Wrote D. Walsham.
Was on P.A.D. Stayed aboard, of course.
Went to Ritz, saw “Always in my Heart”. Paid 18/-
Letter from Jack Wildman & Xmas card
Forenoon at Sig school. 100% at lamp and sema. P.A.D. fire watching – but did not have to turn out
Papers from Mum.
Went stroll past Rochester with Woof. Pictures in evening.
Went to Globe, saw “Who Done It”
Gram to Dobs.
Paraded as usual 0800
Signal school all day
Letter from Dobs. Wrote Dobs.
Went ashore, saw “Something to Sing About”
Letter from B. Price
Went on “booze”
Paid 18/-. Bell sentry 6-8 & 12-2
Letter from Anne, Babs.
Went on weekend. Home at 4. Went stroll B. Price Green St – Shenley – Green St.
Letter from M. Wilshire
Went to “W for V” parade. Later to Crown with Mickey and Brownie. Caught 830 bus from B.W. 10.40 from Charing Cross. Arrived barracks 2400
Signal school as usual. P.A.D. Slept in barrack room.
All day at signal school. Went to Sailor’s Home for supper.
Back to write a letter or two. Wrote Brownie
Forenoon at Signal school.
School. Was nearly broke. Should have been bell sentry but had all night in.
Wrote M. Wilshire, Mum. Letter from Len Skinner
Paid 18/-. Signal school all day
Went Majestic saw “Lady Bodyguard” with “Bolshie Bill”
Note for “Bolshie” read “Comrade”
P.A.D. parade 0845. Mel guard room fatigues. Was P.A.D. firewatcher. Turned out 0015
Turned in 0100. Signal school fore and after noon. Saw “Wake Island”
Signal school. Spot of helio. Did dhobeying in evening.
Letter from B. Price Wrote Brownie, B. Price
More signal instruction. P.A.D. in evening. Turned out at 2335 or so
Letter from Jack.
Stayed aboard. Had a spot of footer. Did intelligence test and joined 38A class.
Paid 18/-. Went pidgeon lecture P.M. Cinema in evening.
Signal school in forenoon. Kipped in P.M.
Wrote Bill (I think)
Nothing of import.
Letter from Babs. Wrote Mum, Babs
P.A.D. Nothing of import. Alert 22.30-23.00
Went to Blue Bell hill to release pidgeons. Saw “Twin Beds” at Globe.
Letter from Bet Price.
Stayed aboard again.
Papers from Mum.
Friday 23rd (Good Friday)
Letters from Jack Wildman. Easter card from B. Price. Wrote Jack
Turned in in afternoon. Went “3 Crowns” and “North Foreland” with Bolshie and Barber.
Went Regent mitt Bolshie and Floyd.
Letter from Bill, Anne, B. Price. Wrote B. Price, Bill
Forenoon at Signal School. Sold stripes for 15/-.
Wrote Mum & Anne. Parcel (pyjamas) from Mum.
Went and saw ? at Majestic.
Stayed aboard. PAD. (Gash hand)
Paid 18/-. Rained all day
Wrote L. Skinner
Stayed aboard, except for trip up to Melville canteen. Raining canines and felines.
PAD parade 0845, again at 1700. No 4 trailer pump crew. Saw “My Gal Sal” at Globe.
Nothing to report. Usual routine
Papers from Mum. Letter from Anne.
Bell sentry 2200-2359.
Saw “Eugine Pini” at Globe. Party good.
Went ashore to Majestic. Saw 407 Kings Squad on parade. Paid 18/-. Boozed up with “Cookie”
Letter from B. Price
Test on “Lines”. Duty flag 0800
Buzzer 100% and 99.5%
Had bath, did dhobeying, etc. Duty flag again at 19.00. P.A.D. slept rescue store.
Did fatigues at M.C.H. Stayed aboard most day. Supper at Sailors’ Home.
Wrote Anne, B. Price
Rained all day.
Letter from Dobs
Signal school 0800 for duty flag. Rescue squad (No 2 section) for PAD. Duty flag 1900.
Letter from L. Skinner
Procedure and maps in forenoon. Lamp work in afternoon. Wrote up notes in evening at D.1
No parade. Procedure in forenoon and maps.
Letter from B. Price.
Duty flag. Paid 18/-.
Postcard to Mum. Letter from Dot Walsham
Did read up at Lines. Caught 1258 from Chatham. Had good feed and then out with Alan.
Rode up to Kath’s, saw Christine. Saw Home Guard demonstration in afternoon. Strolled with Wendy, Joan, Arthur Powell in evening. Left B.W. 2115 Charing X 2240. Arrived barracks 23.45.
RMB (CH) Duty watch
Duty flag 0800. Signal school. Duck eggs for tea. Firewatcher married quarters.
Turned out twice in early morning. Finally crashed down for good at 0300
Wrote Joan Johns, Dot Walsham
Still usual routine. Bell sentry 1800-2100
Paid 18/-. Strolled up to Victoria Park with Floyd.
Buzzer 100% 100%
Saw “Pied Piper” in evening
Parcel from Mum
Duty flag 0800 and 1900. Firewatcher (cookhouse)
Instruction at signal school
Instruction at Sig School. Wrote notes in evening.
Daily Flag 0800 and 1900. Firewatcher WO’s mess. Wrote notes in evening
Letter from Alan
Letter from Nellie with 5/- P.O. Lamp pair work in afternoon. Letter from Nellie
Paid 18/-. Helio work in forenoon. Reads in afternoon. “Ratted” in evening.
100% on all reads.
Went swimming at Garrison Baths. Firewatcher on D roof
Melville guard room fatigues in forenoon. Went stroll evening
Map ride in forenoon, PAD at night (F.W. No 1 terrace.)
Letter from Anne, Brownie
Should have gone on CWS scheme, but was prevented from doing so by rain
Wrote Al and Brownie
Visual Scheme (HQ Coy). First Coy back. Our position Hale. Paid 18/-
Letter from Babs.
Weekly read. 100% on all reads.
Stayed aboard all day. Wrote notes all afternoon
Moving central V/S station exercise. Signal clerk
Airgraph from Dot
A/G from Dot
Paid £1-18-0. Left CH 1715 arrived Elstree 1930.
Went cinema. Saw “Silver Fleet’. Cycled to South Mimms
Roamed around, getting bored.
Went cinema, saw “This Man Reuter”. Picked up 1st Good Conduct Badge
Did bit dhobeying
Saw “Get Cracking” at Studio with Brownie
Wrote “Jenks”, Bill
Walked to Elstree with Brownie
Leave RMB CH
Saw “Casablanca” at Studio. Left for CH 1300 arrived 1700. Slept A2
Letter from Brownie, Mary Wilshire
Paid 18/-. Moved to C14 Kitchener barracks. Top on exams. Start radio.
Letter from Bill, Brownie. Wrote Brownie, Mickie
PAD 1BW Canteen. Turned out twice during night
K Barracks CH
Radio work 38 set in forenoon. Motor cycle instruction afternoon. Went ashore for supper at “Freddie’s”
38 set in forenoon. Motor cycling in afternoon. “Arabian Nights” at Globe
Wrote Mum. Letter from Mickie
RM (KB) CH
22 set in forenoon. Motorbike in afternoon.
Letter from Brownie. Wrote M. Wiltshire
22 set in forenoon, motorbike in afternoon. Wrote up notes in evening
Gas test 0800. Duty flag. 22 set in forenoon. Paid £1-5-0. Reading in afternoon. Bell sentry 10-12, 0400-0600.
Test read buzzer 100%, lamp 99.5%, sema 98%
Cleaned school. Moved to K.B. B12
Letter from Jenks. Paper from Mum. Letter from Mum
Saw “Desperate Journey” at picture house.
Wrote Mum, Brownie, Len Skinner
No 18 set on forenoon. Chatham – Maidstone – Rochester – Maidstone – Chatham on motorbikes in afternoon. Duty flag. Firewatcher W.O.’s mess. Turned out at 0200-0230
22 set in forenoon. Draft on board at noon. Have afternoon off. Pack gear, etc.
Have medical, dental. Paid £2-3-0 Leave. Went flicks with Brownie
Loafed most of day. Out with Nellie West in evening
Roamed and loafed. Went flicks in afternoon
Cycling with Hilda
Made rabbit hutch yesterday. Pictures with Brownie. Wilkie came over.
Nothing much to report. Went to Watford to buy pipe. Got it. Saw J. Peacock at Watford
Went stroll with Brownie Elstree & back
Got back to barracks about 2000. Bunked B12 Kitchener with A.S. Thorpe
Loafed in forenoon. Sig School in afternoon. Aboard in evening
Letters from Babs, L. Skinner. Airgraph from Jack W
Paid £1-2-0. Ashore with A.S.T. and pal. Saw “3 Hearts for Julia”
Sig School in forenoon. Draft in afternoon. Med, Stores etc. Packed gear.
Embarked 0815 for naval Party 1030. Arrived Pompey 1400
Wrote letters to Mum (1), Brownie, Babs.
Strolled around Southsea
Left Pompey with draft.
Wrote Mum (2), Brownie
Arrived: – …………. Went aboard S.S. ………..
Letter No 3 Mum, Bill, Nellie
En route. Good weather. The blanks in the following pages are due to the monotony of the daily routine. One eats (after a style) sleeps, loafs on deck etc. The unusual (to us) heat makes one’s brain numb, or so it seems.
En route. Good weather.
We sunbathe almost every day – bearing in mind some of the burns I have seen, I take it easier
Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd
Nothing to report.
Wrote Mum (4), Alan Hedges, D. Milner, Mrs Stockley, Brownie
Sunday 25th – Monday 26th
Wrote K. Colter, Lena Endicott, Mary Wilshire
Wednesday 28th – Saturday 31st
Our first port. We do not get ashore, but lean over the rail, wistfully looking at the lights ashore and watching niggers dive for pennies. We are allowed the luxury of sleeping with the scuttles open at night, lately fresh air has been at a premium.
We oil and water, watch the ships etc. and speculate as to whether the next meal will be worth eating.
Tuesday 3rd – Sunday 8th
Wrote Anne Scullion, J. Wildman, Vera Cross, Chief Jenkins, Mickie, Peggy Davey, Mrs Robinson, Brownie
My 23rd birthday. Drank my own health in lukewarm, brackish water.
Wrote Mum No 5, A.S. Thorpe, Nellie Johnson, G. Tester.
Re-wrote letter No 5 to Mum (reached home Oct 16th). Wrote Joan Peacock
15.00 I have a grandstand view from forward end of prom deck. First the Table Mountain comes into sight and we swing into the Bay. Our escort swings aft as if we are of no import now that there is something of interest to look at. Rather reminds one of a pack of dogs leaving a bone for a larger one. As we get into the bay the town unfolds itself and is a beautiful sight. I can see now why Mum (bless her) wanted to go back. We drop hook, look at the lights, wish we could go ashore and turn in. Sleep – sleep – sleep.
08.30 Up hook, and away we go. Never far from land. Meet occasional ships. Start thinking of our next stop.
Airgraphs to Mum (No 6), Nellie (Bailey), Brownie
Wrote: – E Gutsell, Babs, Al, B. Lumsden, Dot, N. Bailey, Mum.
Wrote Jean Bilton, B. Price
Anchored in Bay
Sorted gear on dockside. My first impressions of this country is one of dirt and dust, heat and hullaballoo – and maybe I’m not mistaken.
‘Gram from Dobs. Airgraph from Dot
Went to RNB II. Room 21. We have a nice place here. A large room, tiled floor, with two sets of double doors opening onto a large veranda. I sleep outside and it’s beautifully cool. One can go up onto the roof where a grand view is to be had. Mosques, spires, blocks of flats, all in their variety present a cosmopolitan view.
As a city this place does not impress me. Dirt, dogs, beggars – all combine to make up all that is offensive. Clean this place up – give the native a bath or rather a soak – that would my first action if I were able to have my way.
Wrote A/G Mum, Brownie
Nothing to report
Wrote A/G Nellie, Babs
Swimming in forenoon at Breach Candy – a Trust swimming bath for Europeans only. A very nice place too.
Swimming in afternoon. Stroll in evening.
Afternoon at RNO. From my point of view a sheer waste of time.
Feeling low. Forenoon at RNO. Sick at night.
Went sick – excused duty (Dengue fever)
Sick bay in forenoon
Letter No 3 from Mum, letter from Jack, card & letter from Nellie all posted 10th August from England (46 days)
Sick bay in forenoon
Write letter (8) air letter card (9) to Mum (arrived home Oct 18th – 23 days)
Sick bay in forenoon
Returned to duty
Forenoon at RNO
Afternoon at RNO
Letters to Bill, Dot
Postcard & letter from P. Davey (posted 28th July England). Wrote letter No 10 to Mum (Air Letter Card) arrived home Oct 18th (18 days). Airgraphs to Bill, Brownie, Alan. Xmas Cards to Mum, Brownie
Strolled round Native Quarter in forenoon. Did “Dogs” as bell sentry.
Morning as bell sentry. First as bell sentry
“Greetings A/G” to Brownie & Mum. Letters to P. Davey., Mum, Jack Wildman
Forenoon as bell sentry rolled in for afternoon. Went swimming at Breech Candy in evening.
Spend forenoon on roof, writing etc. Did afternoon watch on bells
Greetings A/G to Al. ALC to Mum No 11. Wrote letter to Babs & Greetings A/G
Did middle. Writing on roof occupied most of forenoon. Dhobied afternoon. Dogs on bells
Greetings A/G to Dot
Did morning watch and first. Breach Candy in afternoon.
Wrote Anne Scullion, D. Milner.
Did forenoon. Turned in for afternoon. Dhobied in evening
Wrote Mary Wilshire letter and greeting A/G
Forenoon on roof. Afternoon on bells. Cells, not bells, you fool
Did middle, dogs forenoon on roof.
A.L.C. to Mrs Rob. Wrote letter to Brownie, Mickie
Have morning watch. Saw “What’s Cookin” at Regal. Have first
Do forenoon watch. Saw “Big Shot” at Strand.
Scotch Kirk in forenoon. Swimming at Breach Candy in afternoon.
Herts Ads from Mum (posted Aug 29 – 44 days). Letter from Nellie (posted Aug 31 – 42 days)
Paid R25. Breach Candy in afternoon. Saw “Navy Blues” at Strand in evening.
A.L.G. No 12 to Mum
Left for Deolali (rest camp). Arrived about 1900. An interesting train journey. Scenery very impressive. Jack and I could have a grand time camping here – or maybe we will have had our fill of camping by the time this is over.
Cleaned rifles in forenoon. Fired 200 x ranged in afternoon. Score 13/20. Saw “Tale of Two Cities”. I have a bed on the veranda again and a boy between three of us
Swimming in forenoon – make and mend after lunch. Got my head down.
Divisions: did dhobeying after dinner. Saw Holton at sick bay. Got soaked
Swimming in forenoon. Climbed hills 800-900’ ft. in afternoon. Had a grand view from the summit plains, lakes, rivers & mountains.
Airgraphs from Bill (posted 27 Sep – 21 days), Mum (letter 5 posted 22 Sep – 26 days) Nellie (Graph 1)
A/G (No 13) to Mum. A/G to Nellie (6th Nov 17 days)
Revolver in forenoon .303 in afternoon.
Tommy gun in forenoon .303 in afternoon
ALC to Brownie. Letter to Dot.
Helio work in forenoon. Saw “Crossroads” at garrison theatre
Divisions in forenoon. A short service by the Commander. Spent the afternoon writing 1600 to 1800 as phone watch keeper. Strolled down into town during the evening.
ALC to Babs (arrived Nov 5). Wrote A/G to Bill, Mum (14)
ALC (15) to Mum. A/G (Greetings) to Joan Day
Semaphore instruction in the forenoon. Zeroed rifles on range in afternoon. Stayed aboard in evening drawing greetings A/G
Semaphore instruction in forenoon. Zeroing rifles in afternoon. Spend evening writing
A.L.C. from Dot (posted 5/10/43 – 23 days). A/G 2 from Nellie (posted 29/9/43 – 29 days). A/G 3 from Nellie (posted 6/10/43 – 22 days). Letter 6 from Mum (posted 6/10/43 – 22 days)
Went down to baths in forenoon, but said baths were closed on account of water shortage. Zeroing rifles in afternoon. Concert in evening by RA. Paid R 35
Airgraph to Doris Milner, Jim Bailey (Greetings)
Loafed in forenoon. Afternoon phone watch
Greeting AG to Bill. A.L.C. to Dot Walsham. AG to Nellie
Strolled in afternoon. Saw “Yank in RAF”.
Letter to Al Hedges. A/G Mum (16) Nov 29th. A/G V. Cross.
Signalling in forenoon. M and M in afternoon. Babs mother died today.
Cleaned rifles in forenoon. Head down in afternoon Think I have slight attack of fever.
Signalling in forenoon. Yet another Make and Mend in afternoon.
A/G to Brownie.
Signalling in forenoon (getting a bit fed up with this). Strolled round town in afternoon. Read mail and wrote in evening.
A/G (Letter No 7) from Mum (Oct 14 – 20 days). Herts Ads from Mum (Aug 12th – 86 days)
Route march in forenoon. Dental inspection in afternoon – then make and mend. Town patrol in evening. Saw part of “Forever and a Day”. Met Les Rance (Radlett) who was at Medburn with me. He is a Cpl in Sigs.
Received ALC (No 4 – Oct 16th – 20 days) from Nellie. Received ALC (No 8 – Oct 20th – 16 days) from Mum. Before I wrote ALC No 17 to Mum, A/G to Babs
Strolled down to village during the forenoon. Wrote airgraphs etc. in evening.
Wrote A/G (18) to Mum. Wrote A/G to Nellie
Divisions. Applied for 1939-43 Star.
Wrote A/G Jack Wildman
Inoculated in forenoon. Make & Mend in afternoon. Go swimming in River Darna.
Wrote:- A/G (Greetings) Aunt Dot, Uncle Ted
Signalling (helio) in forenoon. Swimming in afternoon
March in morning. Swimming in Darna in afternoon. Good Ho!
March in forenoon. Make & mend in afternoon. Saw bill Tory at hospital in evening.
Swimming at garrison baths in forenoon. Dhobied in afternoon.
Wrote ALC No 19 to Mum
Divisions. Town patrol at night.
Head down in afternoon. Saw part of “Now Voyager”
Wrote ALC to Nellie
Clipped ammo in forenoon and had a lecture (such as it was) on close combat fighting. Make and mend afternoon. Swimming in evening at garrison baths
ALC from Len Skinner 18/10 27 days. ALC from Jessie Rob 27/10 18 days. AG from Nellie No 5 20/10 25 days. Wrote Jessie Rob ALC
Route march in forenoon. Loafed and wrote letters in evening. Saw “West of Suez” at Munro in evening.
Wrote ALC Nellie, Len Skinner
Fired .38 pistol (range). Scored 7/18. Judo practice. Played cricket in afternoon. Bowled one over – no good. Caught out after 5 balls – no good Note: Get some practice in. And soon!
Lecture (street fighting) and judo. Saw “Invisible Stripes” at Munro
Papers from Mum posted Sept 11 (69 days). Letter from Lena Endicott posted Sept 15 (65 days). Letter from Lena Endicott posted Sept 11 (69 days). ALC from Mum No 9 posted Oct 31st (19 days). ALC from Nellie No 6 posted Oct 30th (20 days). AG from Nellie posted Oct 23 (27 days). Letter from Brownie posted Sep 13 (67 days). AG from Babs posted Sep 22 (28 days). Letter from Mum No 4 posted Sep 18 (70 days)
PT, AFO instructors and cinema lecture on malaria in forenoon. Marched to .303 range in afternoon. Dhobied in afternoon and packed gear for Bombay.
Left Deolali, arrived Bombay 1500. Back in same room that I occupied before I left here.
A/G to the boys from Nellie posted Nov 1st (19 days)
Initiated into Postie’s job. Back in RNB2 Rm 21.
Wrote AG No 20 to Mum, Lena, Brownie, Babs, Nellie (posted Nov 27th)
Settling down to the routine OK. Have no dough, so stay aboard, doing dhobeying, etc.
Disappointing day not much mail.
Still staying aboard.
Stayed aboard. Not much mail.
Missed pay parade – big sea-mail. Saw “They Come to Blow Up America” at Eros. Met Sub Lt Fish at Breach Candy.
Letter from Jane Jonas.
Paid R 60. Swimming – Breach Candy
Posted A/G see Nov 21. Greetings A/G to Ver View
Big sea mail. Swimming Break Candy
Wrote AMLC Dot., A/G Jane Jonas.
Nothing of import: stayed aboard.
Went Wogs cinema.
AMLC from Babs (posted 9/11/43 – 21 days)
Had one tooth out, stayed aboard
Papers posted Oct 21 from mum. Wrote ALC 21 to Mum. Wrote 2 AG to Babs.
Nothing doing. Stayed aboard
Saw West Indian boxing championship
Roamed around, big eats etc.
ALC from Nellie No 7 Nov 8th 26 days. ALC from Nellie No 9 Nov 20th 14 days. ALC from Brownie Nov 15th 19 days
No mail in forenoon. Break Candy in afternoon. Saw “Geo. W. Slept Here”
Stayed aboard. Did spot of Dhobey.
Very little mail. Stayed aboard.
A/G from Babs 9/11/43. Wrote A/G to Brownie, Babs.
Nothing much of import.
Make and mend in forenoon. Go to Victoria station, pick up Woof etc. and on to Salsette
Clean hut, in forenoon medical. M and M in afternoon
ALC No 11 from Mum (Nov 26 – 14 days)
Divisions. Went stroll ashore. Slept in afternoon.
Wrote AMLC Mum No 21. Wrote AG Nellie.
Started signal school. Some of these Indian chappies are quite hot at the job.
At S.S. again. On patrol at night 1900-0000. Few drinks at Prince of Wales and supper at café Mondegar.
Sig school. Dhobey in evening. Could do with a few Rupees.
Sig school again.
School in forenoon. M and m in afternoon. Draw combined op gear.
Receive AG No 10 from Nellie 27/11 (20 days)
Clean barracks. Swimming in forenoon. Loaf and Dhobey.
Letter from Mary Wilshire posted Oct 3. Letter from Al posted Oct 10
Divisions. Pep talk by Capt. Coalville.
Wrote ALC Mary Wilshire. Greetings A/G from Mary Wilshire 22/11/43. Wrote AG to Nellie
Signal school again. Stayed aboard.
Sig school in forenoon. Dentist in afternoon
Papers from Mum (Nov 9 43 days). Parcel from Nellie & 7/6 (Nov 9 43 days). Greetings AG from Al (19 Nov 33 days). Greetings AG from Brownie, Hilda (17 Nov 35 days)
Sig school. M and M
A/G to Nellie
Sig school till 1100. Paid R 95. Sig school in afternoon. Dhobey etc. Duty watch.
Wrote A/G to D. Milner. AMLC from Brownie, Babs 3/12
Torencon at sig school. Make & mend in afternoon. Sent parcel home.
AMLC from Nellie No 11 5/12 19 days. AMLC from Mary 9/12 15 days
What a horrible Xmas. “Dumbo” at Strand. Packet gear. Got a trifle cut.
Left Salsette. Had tot.
Wrote Mum ALC 22 – not posted yet
About 2 hours work and remainder of time to myself.
Same routine. Good grub
Still loafing. Beau weather.
Lecture on first aid.
Still beautiful weather.