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Grandad's WWII Diary

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Friday May 30th – Wednesday June 4th 1941

Friday May 30th - Wednesday June 4th 1941

Click here for diary entry for Saturday May 24th – Thursday May 29th 1941

Friday May 30th

55th Day

Leave from 2-10PM. First for over a month.  Keith could not get off.  Bus into Maadi.  Train to Cairo.  Parts of Maadi very pretty.  Diesel engine travels very fast on ???.  See various views of Dead ??? on way in all vegetation done by irrigation.  Cairo – many natives pestering you to clean boots, guide you to places, sell you some article.   All traffic on right side.  Surries – horse drawn vehicles.  All smell.

Went to NZ Club.  Lovely building.  Showers.  Barbers.  Meals & Bars.  Most shops in Cairo close for siesta between 2-4PM.  Hottest part of day.  Stayed most of time in club.  Too hot to walk around.  Bought Margaret’s camera cases 278 piastres.  Parts of Cairo very filthy.

Saturday May 31st

56th Day

Usual parade in morning.  Afternoon off.  Camel go past Maadi test.  Went down to pool, had a swim.  Saw Billy Morris & Rollo May.

Sunday June 1st

57th Day

Church parade in morning – rest of day off.  Wrote letters at church army hut all afternoon and all night.

Monday June 2nd

58th Day

On picquet all day.  Got letters – Marg & Mum.  Saw Lyttelton boys just back from Crete.  Told some great experiences.  All looked weary and worn out.

True Confession Movie Poster

True Confession Movie Poster

Tuesday June 3rd

59th Day

Saw demonstration anti tank hunting drill.  March down swimming pool in afternoon.  Took (long) way but nice once there.

Wednesday June 4th

60th Day

First Day ??? ??? ??? Bren.

Letters from Marg(s), Erin, Rona.  Went to pictures at night “True Confession”.  Talkies in English, French written on screen.

Click here for diary entry for Thursday June 5th – Thursday June 12th 1941

For photos of of the Church Army Hut and the NZ Club in Cairo, see this blog post by WarPhotoFind.


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Slight fixation with socks. At last count, I had enough pairs of socks to last 14 weeks without having repeat a pair. IT geek by profession. Disney nut. 3rd world loan shark (http://Kiva.org ). Finds humour in the inappropriate. Holiday planner extraordinaire. Mum to doglets. Crazy Dachshund lady.

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