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Grandad’s WWII Diary – Sunday 11th April – Wednesday 14th April 1943

Click here for entry for Wednesday 7th April – Saturday 10th April 1943 Sunday April 11th Day 736 Left hospital at seven o’clock by ration truck taking us to El Ballah on main road – Palestine truck took us another seven miles then struck amazing luck catching a wog truck going right to Suez.  Reached there … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Wednesday 7th April – Saturday 10th April 1943

Click here for entry for Saturday 3rd April – Tuesday 6th April 1943 Wednesday April 7 Day 732 Big convoy of wounded arrived towards late afternoon – travelled nearly 2000 miles from Tunisia. Weather rather warm and day becoming rather monotonous.  Several games of housey then retired until midnight before going on guard. Thursday April 8 … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Saturday 3rd April – Tuesday 6th April 1943

Click here for entry for Tuesday 30th March – Friday 2nd April 1943 Saturday April 3 Day 728 Weather cleared during morning.  During hut inspection lost _____ .  Days getting rather monotonous but cannont definitely make up mind about extended leave.  Received note from Jim (Wootton)  – still camped outside Meena. Sunday April 4 Day 729 … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Tuesday 30th March – Friday 2nd April 1943

Click here for entry for Thursday 25th March (cont.) – Monday 29th March 1943  Tuesday March 30 Day 724 Morning spent in sleeping.  Afternoon played cards & had trousers altered.  Evening played Housey – then attended the Dancing class for half an hour – had one dance and then went to patients canteen and listened to Knowledge … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Thursday 25th March (cont.) – Monday 29th March 1943

Click here for entry for Saturday 20th March (cont.) – Thursday 25th March 1943 … walked over in direction of Sweet Water Canal.  Housey in canteen again at night – watched patients down in Welfare Hut then went on duty. Friday March 26 Day 720 Rather cloudy day – rained towards late afternoon.  In evening saw … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Saturday 20th March (cont.) – Thursday 25th March 1943

Click here for entry for Monday 15th March – Saturday 20th March 1943 … did not bother to leave camp as there is blowing up terrific sand storm – everything covered with dust.  Spent afternoon in learning “Bridge”.  Housie at night – another full nights sleep. Sunday Mar 21 Day 715 Now on day duty – … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Monday 15th March – Saturday 20th March 1943

Click here for entry for Thursday 11th March – Sunday 14th March 1943 Monday March 15 Day 709 Moved into another tent taking place of man away on leave.  Guard duty commenced at night 9-11 then supplied with supper which in reality is breakfast – retired then second shift 3-5AM. Tuesday March 16 Day 710 Layed … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Thursday 11th March – Sunday 14th March 1943

Click here for entry for Saturday 6th March – Wednesday 10th March 1943 Thursday Mar 11 Day 705 Free day – no fatigues – met Bill Leatham (or Leathem) just arrived back from Rest House (Sidi Buish?) unable to get leave to Cairo.  In afternoon told that I would be parading within the next few days for … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Saturday 6th March – Wednesday 10th March 1943

Click here for entry for Sunday 28th February – Friday 5th March 1943  Saturday March 6 Day 700 Again on Officers Mess.  While playing cards in afternoon Jim came to see me.  Caught transport in and only had about one hour together – meeting in Cairo on Monday.  At night after fatigues wrote in Church Army … Continue reading

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

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