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Grandad’s WWII Diary

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

In my Grandfather’s War Diary entry from Saturday  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 & Virgin … 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

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Photos of the Dead Sea day trip

In my Grandad’s war diary, he wrote on Wednesday January 27 of his day trip to the Dead Sea, Jordan Valley & Jericho – … traveling to Jerusalem – passed through parts of Old City & around walls then onto Bethany – where Christ stayed with Mary & Martha on his visits to Jerusalem.  Continued to … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Wednesday 27th January (cont) – Tuesday 2nd February 1943

Click here for entry for Wednesday 20th January – Wednesday 27th January 1943 Wednesday January 27 Day 662 … traveling to Jerusalem – passed through parts of Old City & around walls then onto Bethany – where Christ stayed with Mary & Martha on his visits to Jerusalem.  Continued to Dead Sea.  Jerusalem is 2800ft above … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Wednesday 20th January – Wednesday 27th January 1943

Click here for entry for Wednesday 13th January – Tuesday 19th January 1943 Wednesday January 20 Day 655 Farm trip cancelled owing to state of weather so spent most of day in writing.  Slowing catching up. Thursday January 21 Day 656 Booked in for tour to Jericho & Dead Sea for next Wednesday.  Received 4 cables … Continue reading

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