Grandad’s WWII Diary – Wednesday 20th January – Wednesday 27th January 1943

Jan 20-27

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Wednesday January 20

Day 655

Farm trip cancelled owing to state of weather so spent most of day in writing.  Slowing catching up.

The Next of Kin (1942)
The Next of Kin (1942)

Thursday January 21

Day 656

Booked in for tour to Jericho & Dead Sea for next Wednesday.  Received 4 cables – Xmas greetings & parcel from home – sweets and socks.  Still raining as hard as ever.  Free pictures at night – Next of Kin.  British Propaganda but quite good and a lot in it.

Friday January 22

Day 657

Usual fatigue during morning – massage.  Went for stroll through village & orange groves during afternoon.  Quite an enjoyable walk.  Kfar Vitkin  termed? as a Co-operative Colony.  All deal through one general store but farm their land individually.  Farms much smaller to ours at home – very compacted. Pictures at night.

Torrid Zone (1940)
Torrid Zone (1940)

Saturday January 23

Day 658

Usual morning.  In afternoon watched football match between Palestinian Police & Con. Depot.  Cinema at night “??? of ???”.  Graded B.1.

Sunday January 24

Day 659

Fatigues then began writing letters.  Saw football match again – South Island vs. North Island.  South winning 5-3.  Saw “Torrid Zone” at night.

In the Navy (1941)

 Monday January 25

Day 660

Rather showery today.  Continued writing.  Pictures during evening.  “In the Navy” Dick Powell.

A Bill of Divorcement (1940)
A Bill of Divorcement (1940)

Tuesday January 26

Day 661

Weather cleared considerably – might be fine for tomorrow.  Picture “Bill of Divorcement”.

Wednesday January 27

Day 662

Went on tour to Dead Sea & Jericho.  Left camp 8am…

Click here for entry for Wednesday 27th January (cont) – Tuesday 2nd February 1943



  1. Day 657. He went for a walk through a Jewish or Zionist kibbutz, collective community, that would have served as a defensive unit in the days before the establishment of Israel. If you can locate his camp on a map, you should be also be able to locate this kibbutz which was nearby.

    I am curious about the movies he is seeing. How current are they?

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