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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 – Friday 30th April (cont.) – Monday 3rd May 1943

Click here for entry for Tuesday 27th April (cont.) – Friday 30th April 1943 … Journeyed to promenade going westward to docks & Farouk’s Palace – gigantic place – bigger than that in Cairo.  Wonderful sheltered harbour – many ships berthed.  Returned past Nabi Danial Mosque believed to be burial palace of Alexander the Great.  At … Continue reading

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

Click here for entry for Saturday 24th April (cont.) – Tuesday 27th April 1943 … Evening visited cabaret on promenade out towards El Bala(?). Wednesday April 28 Day 752 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 … Continue reading

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

Click here for entry for Wednesday 21st April – Saturday 24th April 1943 … 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 … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Wednesday 21st April – Saturday 24th April 1943

Click here for entry for Thursday 15th April – Tuesday 20th April 1943  Wednesday April 21 Day 746 In afternoon get paid – collecting pass & rail warrant.  Packed all gear in readiness and played housie at night. Thursday April 22 Day 747 Arose at 6AM.  Left hospital by truck at 8.30AM.  Travelling to El Ballah Station … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Thursday 11th March – Sunday 14th March 1943

Click here for entry for Saturday 6th March – Wednesday 10th March 1943 Thursday Mar 11 Day 705 Free day – no fatigues – met Bill Leatham (or Leathem) just arrived back from Rest House (Sidi Buish?) unable to get leave to Cairo.  In afternoon told that I would be parading within the next few days for … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Saturday 6th March – Wednesday 10th March 1943

Click here for entry for Sunday 28th February – Friday 5th March 1943  Saturday March 6 Day 700 Again on Officers Mess.  While playing cards in afternoon Jim came to see me.  Caught transport in and only had about one hour together – meeting in Cairo on Monday.  At night after fatigues wrote in Church Army … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Sunday 28th February – Friday 5th March 1943

Click here for entry for Tuesday 23rd February – Saturday 27th February 1943  Sunday Feb 28 Day 694 Church parade – watched Boxing contest in afternoon between R.A.S.C (Royal Army Service Corps – British Army) & Maadi Camp.  Wrote in YMCA during evening.  Received mail – 8 letters. Monday March 1 Day 695 Again in Sarg. … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Letter home

Although I am fortunate enough to have my Grandfather’s war diaries and photos, to the best of my knowledge the only surviving letter is this one. The date on the envelope is hard to read, but its 1941.  At this stage, he’d not long arrived in Egypt and went on leave to Cairo based on his diary entry … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Thursday 18th June (cont) – Tuesday 23rd June 1942

Click here for entry for Sunday 14th June – Thursday 18th June 1942 Thursday June 18th  (cont.) … from mountains 2000 ft in height to sea.  Tiberias situation in Galilee very ???, mostly evacuees from Europe.  Lovely meadows & trees on seashore – very hilly country.  Passed groves of oranges & lemons – too late for … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Monday March 30th (cont.) – Tuesday 7th April 1942

Click here for diary entry for Tuesday March 24th (cont.) – Monday March 30th 1942 Monday March 30th (cont.) … to take us in & out(?).   Saw “Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary”.  Very few troops in Cairo. Tuesday March 31st Day 359 More ceremonial parades. Visited Cairo in afternoon.  Spent most of time in La American … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Stacking wood – Army dump – near Kibrit (photo 1941)

In the diary entry back from 19th August 1941, Grandad wrote “Went in lorries to Army Dump of El Kibrit about 10 miles away.  Passed through another sector of Ismailia.  Stacked wood all day.  Boys did not like it.”  This photo may well have been taken on this particular day.

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Thursday 5th February – Tuesday 10th February 1942

Click here for diary entry Saturday 31st January – Wednesday 4th February 1942 Thursday February 5th 305th Day Had daylight assault attack.  A Company (23rd Battalion) leaving ship at 11AM.  Ship lying about mile off short.  23 battalion stayed on beach unloading ships as they pulled in.  Main reason for manovouver to get the time … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Delta Barrage Photos (25th January 1942)

On his diary entry for January 25th 1942, my Grandfather wrote about his day trip to Delta Barrage while he was on leave.  These are the photos for the Delta Barrage which I believe he took during that visit.   Snap of group on Delta Barrage Trip (my grandfather is in the middle row – … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Sunday 25th January – Friday 30th January 1942

  Click here for diary entry for Tuesday 20th January – Saturday 24th January 1942 Sunday January 25th 294th Day Went on Delta Barrage Trip. Leaving Empire Service Club at 9.30AM – taken by taxi to Nile then boarded launch.  26 in party. Trip took 2 hours each way.  Saw many of Old Egypt irrigation system (water … Continue reading

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