Grandad’s WWII Diary – Sunday October 5th 1941 – Monday October 13th 1941

October 6-13, 1941

Click here for diary entry for Friday September 26th 1941 – Saturday October 4th 1941

Sunday October 5th

183rd Day

Early reveille shifting camp.  Finally pulled out at 11.30.  Whole brigade moving.  Wonderful sight.  Hundreds of lorries.  Travelled over desert until 6.30.  Dossed down for night.

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Monday October 6th

184th Day

Reveille at 4.30AM.  Convoy moved on again.  Travelling all day until 5.30AM.  When arrived at Baggush Box (British Field Army fortification) pitched tents on escarpment.  Station side ???.   Can see Med Sea 3 miles away.  On guard at night.  About 30 miles from Mersa Matruh (sea port).

Tuesday October 7th

185th Day

Dug in tents – hard ground.  Can get wonderful view of coastline stretching for miles.  Marched to beach for swim in afternoon.

Wednesday October 8th

186th Day

Bayonet practice & squad drill in morning. Manouvers during afternoon.  Terrible dusty.  Getting very cold at night.

Thursday October 9th

187th Day

Reveille at 5.30AM.  Left camp at 7 o’clock.  Brigade manoeuvres.  Travelled in lorries all day having dawn attack next morning.

Friday October 10th

188th Day

Returned to camp at 9.30AM.  Spent day cleaning gear & rifles.  Early to bed.  Jerry bombed siding at night hitting ammo train.

Saturday October 11th

189th Day

Usual drill in morning.  Had swim during afternoon.  Visited YMCA at night. Short out but terrible climb back to area on escarpment.

Sunday October 12th

190th Day

Held church parade in valley 1 mile from area.  Swim again in afternoon.

Monday October 13th

191st Day

Went in lorries towards beach.  Practiced attack with live rounds.  Company manoeuvres in afternoon.

Click here for diary entry for Tuesday October 14th 1941 – Wednesday October 22nd 1941



  1. I love the matter-of-fact nature of this diary (at least so far). “Jerry bombed siding at night hitting ammo train.” That must have been one almighty explosion but it’s just another line – as if this is an every day occurrence.

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