//
archives

Grandad’s WWII Diary

This category contains 199 posts

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Friday 25th June – Tuesday 29th June 1943

Click here for entry for Saturday 19th June – Thursday 24th June 1943 Friday June 25 Day 810 This morning went for breakfast – immediately afterwards four of us walked along canal until 9.30AM.  In afternoon usual swim. Much traffic passing through canal – especially invasion boats & barges – seems likely something will soon … Continue reading

Glenorchy War Memorial

About 45 minutes from Queenstown is the small township of Glenorchy, I’ll have another post coming up in the next few days about the town but in the meantime, I wanted to quickly share a little about the War Memorial and the impact of both world wars on this small town. Click on this link … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Saturday 19th June – Thursday 24th June 1943

Click here for entry for Sunday 13th June (cont.) – Friday 18th June 1943 Saturday June 19 Day 804 Usual morning – then bathing during afternoon.  Played Housie in evening. Sunday June 20 Day 805 Up rather early, too warm being in bed.  Missed swimming as too many for the truck – transport short some being … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Sunday 13th June (cont.) – Friday 18th June 1943

Click here for entry for Wednesday 9th June – Sunday 13th June 1943 …and others here from Maadi – good old yarns (stories) with them – little guard done.  W Leathem now sergeant.  Evening had short stroll along Sweet Water Canal. Monday June 14 Day 799 Transferred to day duty.  Guards of entrances, searching trucks.  Missed … Continue reading

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

Click here for entry for  Saturday 5th June – Tuesday 8th June 1943 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 … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Photos of Gala Day at El Ballah – Saturday 5 June 1943

In my Grandfather’s diary entry from Saturday 5 June he wrote “Gala Day at Lido Club” – several races & Polo matches.  Egyptian band in attendance – played quite well.”    During this time he was acting as a guard at the 2nd New Zealand General Hospital at El Ballah near Cairo, Egypt. These photos were … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Saturday 5th June – Tuesday 8th June 1943

Click here for entry for  Monday 31st May (cont.) – Friday 4th June 1943 Saturday June 5 Day 790 Usual lying in bed then swimming during afternoon – “Gala Day at Lido Club” – several races & Polo matches.  Egyptian band in attendance – played quite well.  Great crowd down – pity blowing so hard.  At … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Monday 31st May (cont.) – Friday 4th June 1943

Click here for entry for Friday 28th May – Monday 31st May 1943 … both been sent through Cook & Son – believe are from Marg, other Erin & Rona. Tuesday June 1 Day 786 Definitely known that Div. around at Maadi – rumours that after first lot is returned the rest follow on – all … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Friday 28th May – Monday 31st May 1943

Click here for entry for Monday 24th May – Thursday 27th May 1943 Friday May 28 Day 782 Last day on sister’s compound.  Pay parade then swim – another large convoy passed through canal, escorts as well as cargo boats. Saturday May 29 Day 783 Free day.  Did little washing in morning, swim in afternoon.  … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Monday 24th May – Thursday 27th May 1943

Click here for entry for Wednesday 19th May – Sunday 23rd May 1943 Monday May 24 Day 778 Still on Sisters Compound.  Many rumours circulating concerning 1st, 2nd & 3rd Echelon returning home.  All leave cancelled to Cairo – believe Div will even be at Maadi.  Began usual weekly letters at night. Tuesday May 25 … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Wednesday 19th May – Sunday 23rd May 1943

Click here for entry for Friday 14th May (cont.) – Tuesday 18th May 1943 Wednesday May 19 Day 773 Weather properly cleared – usual swimming during afternoon.  House at night – chasing snow-ball worth over £5 – not successful. Thursday May 20 Day 774 Arose fairly early doing washing. At canal in afternoon.  Several large cargo … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Friday 14th May (cont.) – Tuesday 18th May 1943

Click here for entry for Sunday 9th May – Friday 14th May 1943 … hospital.  Had rather good form – Maoris singing hymns – last part being played.  Continued writing at night. Saturday May 15 Day 769 Arose early going on ration truck for trip to Ismailia – filled in a few hours returning in time … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Sunday 9th May – Friday 14th May 1943

Click here for entry for Tuesday 4th May – Saturday 8th May 1943 Sunday May 9 Day 763 Arose early doing washing.  Afternoon down to Canal for swim – rather nice there – can buy tea – cold drinks & cakes etc.  Water still lovely & cool.  At night played housie then continued writing. The unconditional … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Tuesday 4th May – Saturday 8th May 1943

Click here for entry for Friday 30th April (cont.) – Monday 3rd May 1943 Tuesday May 4 Day 758 Again out to Stanley Bay where spent the majority of the day.  Returned and at night attended concert at Jewish Club, but rather disappointed with it. Wednesday May 5 Day 759 During morning did some shopping … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Photos of Alexandria 1943

In my Grandfather’s diary entries from Tuesday 27th April – Friday 30th April 1943 and Friday 30th April – Monday 3rd May 1943, he wrote of his leave in Alexandria.  These photos were possibly taken during this period of leave.  The caption to the photos is what he had written on the back of them.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,271 other followers

Follow me on Twitter

I love this retro Gold Coast Pink Poodle motel neon sign in Surfers.  And they say the GC has no culture!  #goldcoast #retro Practicing her doggy paddle for the Commonwealth Games #dog #dachshund Exceedingly good cakes... #cake Street art at Miami Marketta #streetart #goldcoast Alice looking very expectantly out the car window as we stopped at a park we hadn't visited before #dog #dachshund I wonder how many visit Surfers Paradise and never notice the #ANZAC memorial?  #war #Australia #newzealand Cruising home in the car after a walk at the beach #dachshund #dog Today we have a boogie boarding #sausagedog #dachshund Lunch break ... it's tough going back to the office when you work at Surfers Paradise #goldcoast #beach

Most Viewed Posts