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Grandad’s WWII Diary – Sunday 28th February – Friday 5th March 1943

Click here for entry for Tuesday 23rd February – Saturday 27th February 1943  Sunday Feb 28 Day 694 Church parade – watched Boxing contest in afternoon between R.A.S.C (Royal Army Service Corps – British Army) & Maadi Camp.  Wrote in YMCA during evening.  Received mail – 8 letters. Monday March 1 Day 695 Again in Sarg. … Continue reading

The Mystery of the Unknown Great-Grandmother

Old photos can be a bit of a pain, unless you know the people in them, they can be meaningless.  Even more frustrating is when you know darn well they are relatives but you just don’t know who! Thus brings us to The Mystery of the Unknown Great-Grandmother… As part of the box of photos I … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Tuesday 23rd February – Saturday 27th February 1943

Click here for entry for Thursday 18th February (cont.) – Monday 22nd February 1943 Tuesday Feb 23 Day 689 Usual training during morning.  Outgoing draft last posted up – am returning to Maadi tomorrow.  Spent afternoon packing & getting ready etc.  Pictures at night. Wednesday Feb 24 Day 690 Left camp at 8AM for Hadera Station. … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Thursday 18th February (cont.) – Monday 22nd February 1943

Click here for entry for Saturday 13th February (cont.) – Thursday 18th February 1943 … groves and then continued through the village.  Pictures at night “Dick Tracy’s  G-Men”.  Terrible performance. Friday Feb 19 Day 685 Too wet for training in open so retired to empty hut for morning course.  In afternoon paraded before Major Knight and … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Photos of Nazareth, Palestine 1943

In my Grandfather’s War Diary entry from Saturday 13 February 1943, he visits Nazareth.  He said – Passed on to Synagogue where Christ preached his first sermon which caused the Jews to threaten to throw him over the cliffs of Mt Tabor sometimes known as the Mt of Precipitation.   In afternoon looked through French Convent … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Saturday 13th February (cont.) – Thursday 18th February 1943

Click here for entry for Saturday 13th February 1943 … sermon which caused the Jews to threaten to throw him over the cliffs of Mt Tabor sometimes known as the Mt of Precipitation.  In afternoon looked through French Convent which since the war has been changed to a Polish Children’s Refugee School.  Its Church representing youth, … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Photos of Mary’s Well & Franciscan Monastery – Nazareth, Palestine 1943

In my Grandfather’s War Diary entry from Saturday 13 February 1943, he visits Nazareth.  He said – Saw Franciscan Monastery  which was for a while No 2 N.Z.G.H.  (New Zealand General Hospital).  Visited “Mary’s Well” only good spring left at Nazareth and is where Mary drew water. He most likely took (or purchased) these photos on this … Continue reading

ANZAC Day

Every year on 25th April both New Zealand and Australia have a memorial day called ANZAC Day.  ANZAC day is the equivalent of the US Memorial Day or the UK Remembrance Day.    Commemorative services start at dawn in both countries and also in Turkey.  It commemorates all New Zealanders and Australian’s killed in war and … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Plains of Jezreel, Churches of Annunciation & St Joseph, Nazareth, Palestine 1943

In my Grandfather’s War Diary entry from Saturday 13 February 1943, he visits Nazareth.  He said – Passed over Plains of Jezreel.  Nazareth like all other Arab towns.  Visited “Church of Annunciation” built over caves believe to have been part of Virgin Mary’s house.  Church has three altars representing Gabriel the Angel – Mary’s parents & … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Saturday 13th February 1943

Click here for entry for Wednesday 10th February – Friday 12th February 1943 16803 S Sillars A Company (note he has switched from B Company to A Company) 23 Rifle Btn. 2.N.Z.E.F Saturday 13th February 1943 Day 679 On tour to Nazareth. Good two-hour journey from Kfar Vitkin climbing up hill similar to Jerusalem.  Passed over Plains … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Wednesday 10th February – Friday 12th February 1943

Click here for entry for Wednesday 3rd February – Tuesday 9th February 1943 Wednesday Feb 10 Day 676 Paraded before Col. Stout for Medical Boarding – do not know what I got – if anything.  At night “A Very Young Lady” – Jane Withers. Thursday Feb 11 Day 677 On P.T again, feeling very stiff. Had run over … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Atlit Castle in Palestine (photos)

In my Grandfather’s WW2 diary on the entry for Saturday February 6th 1943, he tells of an excursion to Atlit Castle. Afternoon on tour to Atlit Castle.  Travelled nearly to Haifa then turned to west.  Looked over Crusader Cemetery.  “Atlit Castle” last stronghold of Crusaders.  Massive stone buildings – network of passage way built  entirely underground.  Fort … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Wednesday 3rd February – Tuesday 9th February 1943

Click here for entry for Wednesday 27th January (cont) – Tuesday 2nd February 1943 Wednesday Feb 3 Day 669 Usual morning.  Watched Jerusalem police v. Con. Depot at football.   Police won 5-3.  Night as usual. Thursday Feb 4 Day 670 Received mail – had stroll through orange  groves during afternoon.  Pictures at night.  “Great American … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Letter home

Although I am fortunate enough to have my Grandfather’s war diaries and photos, to the best of my knowledge the only surviving letter is this one. The date on the envelope is hard to read, but its 1941.  At this stage, he’d not long arrived in Egypt and went on leave to Cairo based on his diary entry … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Photos of the Jordan River & Jericho day trip

In my Grandad’s war diary, he wrote on Wednesday January 27 of his day trip to the Dead Sea, Jordan River and Jericho – … After lunch continued on to the River Jordan where Israelites forded the river and is also where Christ was baptised.  Visited three monasteries – Greek, Abyssinian & Syriac(?) then to Jericho – has … Continue reading

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