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

6 comments

    • 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!

      • 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

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