Note – this entry contains a racial slur that may cause offence.
Wednesday 30th December
Days becoming monotonous. No more word of leaving for Base. Attended sing-song in canteen at night.
Thursday 31st December
Usual morning spent. Went on leave to Port Said in afternoon – roughly 35 miles from Hosp. Straight along side of canal. Fair sized place but just like an ordinary wog town. Rather a large harbour – many ships in port. Only had three hours there. Spent time walking around looking over the town – much cleaner town that I had expected. Returned to hospital at 9PM. Then to bed – did not see the New Year in.
Friday January 1st 1943
Day 634 – New Year’s Day
Day passed as any other ordinary day. Slept in afternoon then played Housie at night.
Saturday Jan 2
Still no word on moving. In afternoon watched Yanks play Hospital – Net Ball – rather fast games but Yanks won. Won Housie.
Sunday Jan 3
Waiting for word of moving. Terrific sand storm blew up at night. Ward simply covered with thick layer of sand. Wonder tent didn’t blow in.
Monday Jan 4
Still blowing hard. Absolutely no use trying to clean up – sand comes straight in again. At night attended film showed by YMCA – Friday 13.
Tuesday Jan 5
Received word returning to Con. Depot tomorrow – could not get to base. Drew gear etc. from store. Strong rumour that reinforcements had arrived at Maadi. Everybody praying it is not right.