Grandad’s WWII Diary – Tuesday 27th April (cont.) – Friday 30th April 1943

Apr 27-30

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… Evening visited cabaret on promenade out towards El Bala(?).

Wednesday April 28

Day 752

Road to Singapore (1940)
Road to Singapore (1940)

Visited Stanley Bay in morning – nearly four miles out, beautiful little bay about size of Corsair but simply lined with bathing sheds.  Stayed there being in sun until about 3PM then returned and pictures at night.  “Road to Singapore”.

Thursday April 29

Day 753

Johnny Eager (1941)
Johnny Eager (1941)

During morning walked along promenade towards docks & Ras el-Tin Palace – always a lovely cool breeze blowing.  Afternoon again visited Stanley Bay for swim & sunbathe.  At night attended dance at Jewish Club, quite enjoyed myself but as usual about 10 men to each girl.  After dance pictures last session “Johnny Eagar” – Robert Taylor.

Friday April 30

Day 754

This morning visited Racecourse & sports ground out towards El Gaber (possibly Sidi Gaber?) afternoon on motor tour – visiting Pompey’s Pillar – of red granite stone from Aswan, 84ft high, 7ft diameter weighing 240 tons.  Believed to be built about 287AD although parts of foundation have been old monuments of BC period.  Continued on to catacombs – consisting of shafts in ground divided in compartments where mummies were stored.  Then onto Zoo & Gardens – rather nice but cannot be compared with those of Cairo.



  1. Now I don’t want to sound at all disparaging, but did this Kiwi relative of yours ever actually fire his weapon in anger or did he just spend the whole of the second world bloody war waltzing along the esplanades of Cairo?

  2. To be fair though he did fight in one of the deadliest battle the Kiwi’s faced back at the end of 1941 and was shot twice in battles of El Alamein. And its a little late to have a word with him about it…

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