Grandad’s WWII Diary – Wednesday 13th January – Tuesday 19th January 1943

Jan 13-19

This Thing Called Love (1940)
This Thing Called Love (1940)

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Wednesday January 13

Day 648

Fatigue in morning lasting one hour.  Had trip to Netanya in afternoon – small modern township about 12 miles distance.  Saw through Diamond Cutting Factory.  Very interesting & delicate work done – only small diamonds cut here – majority of work done by girls working machine similar to small lathes.  Saw the three processes – cutting, rounding face them polishing surface.  Returned to camp at 4pm.  Pictures at night “This Thing Called Love”.


Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940)

Thursday January 14

Day 649

Received mail – several letters.  Still showery.  Shifted gear to another hut.  Massage & heat during afternoon.  Pictures at night “Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet”.

Friday January 15

Day 650

Still doing small fatigue.   Met G Shaw.  Housie followed by pictures at night.  Wrote letters in afternoon.

Saturday January 16

Day 651

Medical Inspection – graded B.2.  Wrote during afternoon then pictures.  Still raining heavily – this is no place for Con. Depot during winter.

Fast and Loose (1939)
Fast and Loose (1939)

Sunday January 17

Day 652

Finished fatigues at nine then commenced to write home & to Marg (his girlfriend who he married after the war – my grandmother).  Clear in morning but humid late afternoon.  Pictures “Fast & Loose”.

Monday January 18

Day 653

Massage easing foot greatly.  Weather as usual.  Received several letters from home.  Intend to catch up this week with my writing.

Tuesday January 19

Day 654

Received letter from Jim (presumably Marg’s brother – Jim Wootton who would become his brother-in-law) sent from Maadi (Maadi was the base for the New Zealanders in Egypt in WW2).  Hoping to see him as I pass through base.  Received parcel from ???.  Applied for trip to Co-operative Farm on Wednesday.  Housie & pictures at night.

Click here for entry for Wednesday 20th January – Wednesday 27th January 1943



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