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Grandad's WWII Diary

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Photos of Mary’s Well & Franciscan Monastery – Nazareth, Palestine 1943

In my Grandfather’s War Diary entry from Saturday 13 February 1943, he visits Nazareth.  He said –

Saw Franciscan Monastery  which was for a while No 2 N.Z.G.H.  (New Zealand General Hospital). 

Visited “Mary’s Well” only good spring left at Nazareth and is where Mary drew water.

He most likely took (or purchased) these photos on this visit that day.

The comments under the photos are his own words from the backs of the photos.

Native woman drawing water from Mary's Well - Nazareth

Native woman drawing water from Mary’s Well – Nazareth

Mary's Well only fresh water spring in vacinity and is where Virgin Mary drew water - Nazareth

Mary’s Well only fresh water spring in vacinity and is where Virgin Mary drew water – Nazareth

View of Nazareth showing the Franciscan Monastery in the background - Nazareth

View of Nazareth showing the Franciscan Monastery in the background – Nazareth

Franciscan Monastery which since the War has been changed into Army Hospital - and was for a while No.2 NZ General - Nazareth

Franciscan Monastery which since the War has been changed into Army Hospital – and was for a while No.2 NZ General – Nazareth

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6 thoughts on “Grandad’s WWII Diary – Photos of Mary’s Well & Franciscan Monastery – Nazareth, Palestine 1943

  1. As an Aussie it is so good to be looking at this through Kiwi eyes. I might have said it before but are doing a great job.

    Posted by suchled | April 28, 2015, 8:05 pm
    • Thanks for the kind words. I am learning a heck of a lot through this process, might blog about that when I get to the end. But we still have a long war to get through and a lot more photos and postcards!

      Posted by The Sock Mistress | April 28, 2015, 8:21 pm
      • I know. Gallipoli was just the start. There is all of the Western font to go. I might have a few posts of my own to throw in.

        Posted by suchled | April 28, 2015, 9:06 pm
      • Hi there, I am looking at my great grandfathers pictures from the war and have found a couple of the same ones from your granddads war diary in Nazareth. Was your grandfather in the railway operating company by any chance? Lisa

        Posted by Lisa | February 18, 2016, 12:11 am
      • Hi Lisa, no he was a New Zealand infantry soldier. I think some of the photos were likely ones he purchased as photography would have been a very expensive hobby.

        Posted by The Sock Mistress | February 24, 2016, 8:49 pm

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