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Grandad’s WWII Diary – Monday 26th July – Saturday 31st July 1943

Click here for entry for Tuesday 20th July – Sunday 25th June 1943 Monday July 26 Day 841 Made more enquiries concerning Canal, learnt guarded for six months.  Due early in Aug.  Played cards in afternoon.  Word through that Musso*  ??? had resigned.  Continued letters in evening. Tuesday July 27 Day 842 Spent full day … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Tuesday 20th July – Sunday 25th June 1943

Click here for entry for Wednesday 14th July (cont.) – Monday 19th July 1943 Tuesday July 20 Day 835 Got parcels ready in case I see Meaty*.  Swimming in afternoon returning early then acting as Pall-Bearer for Maori Boy.  Small walk in cool of evening. Wednesday July 21 Day 836 In morning told could go … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Wednesday 14th July (cont.) – Monday 19th July 1943

Click here for entry for Saturday 10th July – Wednesday 14th July 1943 Wednesday July 14 Day 829 … from Sicily. Wrote in evening. Thursday July 15 Day 830 Received Marg’s tabacco parcel today, no swimming today but slept instead.  Fit men on guard returned to Maadi – graded men from Helwan taking their place.  In … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Saturday 10th July – Wednesday 14th July 1943

Click here for entry for Monday 5th July – Friday 9th July 1943 Saturday July 10 Day 825 News through today of invasion of Sicily.  This where the huge convoys which passed through canal have gone.  In evening walked to church arriving to read (news)paper but nothing in it about invasion. Sunday July 11 Day 826 … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Monday 5th July – Friday 9th July 1943

Click here for entry for Grandad’s WWII Diary – Friday 30th June – Sunday 4th July 1943 Monday July 5 Day 820 Had leave to Ismailia – left Hospital at 7.30 by ration truck.  Could not not see hand-bag suitable for Marg – plenty of wog mades but all very rough – decided to wait and … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Friday 30th June – Sunday 4th July 1943

Click here for entry for Friday 25th June – Tuesday 29th June 1943 Wednesday June 30 Day 815 Usual swimming etc during day – received Patriotic parcel & cigarettes – large convoy of troop ships passing on way to Port Said. – ships fully loaded – seems likely new operation nearing time.  In evening dramatic … Continue reading

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

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 … 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

The Mystery of the Unknown Great-Grandmother

Old photos can be a bit of a pain, unless you know the people in them, they can be meaningless.  Even more frustrating is when you know darn well they are relatives but you just don’t know who! Thus brings us to The Mystery of the Unknown Great-Grandmother… As part of the box of photos I … 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 – Sunday March 8th – Friday March 13th 1942

Click here for diary entry for Monday March 2nd – Saturday March 7th 1942 Sunday March 8th 336th Day No 8 & 9 platoons out on manoeuvres with Bren ???.  Enemy planes over all day ack-ack kept them high.  Returned to camp at 4.30pm.  Played cards during evening.  Tobruk still getting hell.  Speaking to a Free … Continue reading

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