Grandad’s WWII Diary – Saturday 24th April (cont.) – Tuesday 27th April -1943

Apr 25-26

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… and as too late to obtain overnight leave.  At night while in Beer Bar met T Coutts (?).  Afterward looking in at several cafes – all places now close down at 10P.M.

Sunday April 25

Day 750

As arranged met Jim in Club, spending the day together.  While sitting in Club at night met one of the boys just back from Italy – got captured at Capuzzo in Syrian Campaign.  Leaving Cairo for Alex tomorrow.  On returning to Club after seeing Jim off, met two other Kiwis also going to Alex.  So arranged to go with them.

Monday April 26

Day 751

Left Cairo Main at 9-30AM arriving at Alex at 1PM.  Unable to look in at NZYM so staying at Menorah House – very good & clean place.  Alex seems much cleaner than Cairo – not so many wogs littering the streets – has beautiful promenade stretching 17 miles lined with cabarets etc.  Lovely sea – breeze blowing continually.  At night exceptionally strict “Black-out” – easily to get lost – visited several cabarets but all similar to those in Cairo.

The Black Swan (1942)
The Black Swan (1942)

Tuesday April 26 (actually the 27th and the day number below is also incorrect)

Day 751

In morning took tram to El Gaba sporting club – other two played golf while I looked about.  Very pretty & well laid out grounds.  Afternoon pictures “Black Swan” – Tyrone Power – rather nice theatre.

Click here for entry for Tuesday 27th April (cont.) – Friday 30th April 1943



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