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Wednesday November 4
Moving out of hospital tomorrow to staging camp for few days. Saw pictures at night.
Thursday November 5
Shift cancelled another day. Foot hasn’t improved in the slightest.
Friday November 6
Passed in hospital blues and drew kit. Received my German bayonet which I passed in on arriving at hospital. Issued with Tommy great-coat. Paraded for discharge at 2.30PM. Shifted to ???-Hag(?) staging camp (a camp where everyone is collected together to go somewhere else) – six miles from hospital. Ground exceptionally rough – moving us on as soon as possible. Food a little better than hospital.
Saturday November 7
Left camp at 2.30PM on route to Maadi. Taken to ??? station in ambulance. Catching train at 3PM – arriving Cairo 6PM. Waited two hours for transport to take us to Maadi arriving there at 9PM. Received meal at base reception.
Sunday November 8
Saw M.O. setting another new heel then to Con. Camp. Met W. Morris, J Olsen(?). Received base kit & valise (small suitcase or travelling kit) – most of gear still in it. Wrote at welfare centre at night.
Monday November 9
Leaving for Con. Camp. Issued with battle dress & winter gear. Had to take all gear to Con. Depot. Kit-bag included. Left Maadi at 5PM for Cairo Station. Train departing at 6.30PM arriving at Kantara West at midnight. Crossed canal by barge – terrible struggle with gear. Left Kantara East a 2AM crossing Palestine border at 9AM.
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Day 580 you had dress ? kit. should read and drew kit. In the army you go to the store and ‘withdraw’ your belongings. shortened over a million years to “draw belongings or entitlements.
He then moved to a ???Hag ‘staging’ camp. This is a camp where everyone is collected together to go somewhere else.
Just finally got around to doing a few edits and got to this one. Thank you again for help and great info!
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