Grandad’s WWII Diary – Wednesday 9th June – Sunday 13th June 1943


June 9 - 13

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Wednesday June 9

Day 794

Rather a lot of excitement concerning Sister’s Compound guard – still losing watches but Wogs still too shrewd.  Walked to canal.  Really beautiful day – water lovely & calm very little current.  Several Sub. chasers passed on way to Port Said.  Many rumours concerning 9th reinforcement but nothing official.  In evening strolled along Sweet Water Canal then to Church Army Hut.

Thursday June 10

Day 795

Extremely dull day – did not bother about swimming so slept during afternoon then read.  Evening played Housie without success.

Friday June 11

Day 796

Usual morning of filling in time.  Word of Colonel’s death at Tripoli – visiting there on leave.  Usual swim – evening  played several rubbers of Bridge then guard.

Saturday June 12

Day 797

Tunis(?) and Bizerte(?) surrendered today.  Another day shift posted(?) on both entrances searching vehicles for liquor.  Do four hours then on night duty.  More cards during evening.

Sunday June 13

Day 798

Up early going for breakfast – Duty 8-10AM then 2-4PM.  In afternoon Bill Newman…

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  1. The word you missed for Sunday was ‘duty’ and if you look at the ‘d’ I think it is his capital d and then if you go back to Wed the word after sub. is (I think) Dhows which are those Egyptian boats with the one huge sail. I think????

  2. Day 794 — “Several Sub. ??? passed on way to Port Said. I believe this to read “Several Sub. chasers passed on way to Port Said”.

    Day 797 — “??? & ??? surrendered today.” These are most likely towns in Libya or Tunisia. Given the date, 12 June 1943, A Google search using that date will most likely turn up their names.

    Still a good read and still interesting.

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