Discussion in 'WWI (1914 - 1918)' started by Doug, Jan 1, 2015.
This thread is for posting comments after reading the diary which can be found here.
There will be gaps in this Diary as the guy who wrote it got Dysentery which was to plague the AIF in Egypt and also it got very bad at Gallipoli, so there will be gaps.
So we are now going to get very fit with all the training that we will be going though.
Ok there is going to be a big gap here as he seems to have stopped the Diary until 10th Jan presume he got Dysentery and once he re-commences seems a lot better and goes into more detail with training etc.
Thanks Lone Pine. And also for making the diary available to us.
You are very welcome Doug, we are all going to get very very fit now lol. I don't think there are any more gaps so we are off now until 31st December. I am due to go away on the 22nd April as I will be at ANZAC Cove on 25th April and visiting Grandad at Lone Pine on 26th April, so what I will do is before I go away I will post up the entires for the time that I am away, so that you don't have to wait for me to come home in May.
Re the 14 Jan entry.
I don't think it has ever occurred to me that the troops may have attended lectures to advance their knowledge. Other than the "medical" ones etc of course.
During WW1 the YMCA ran hundreds of huts where troops could go when off duty. The aim was to provide a kind of home from home where they could relax, write letters, read, buy cigarettes and refreshments and so on. Concerts and lectures were arranged as well, depending of course on who was around to provide them.
Because troops used these when off duty, there wasn't anything compulsory about them, but I'm sure the army would have been keen to support the work because it was a lot more wholesome than the other things that soldiers could have got up to. And many of the soldiers too would have been a lot happier with this kind of activity than the alternative.
I have a distant relative by marriage who ran one of these huts in France during WW1, and my late aunt edited and published her memoirs a few years ago. These are for sale at Parish Chest - "Aunt J"
(However, the price there seems to be out of date as it's supposed to have been reduced - I'll follow this up.)
NB - as my aunt has died, I now have an interest in this book.
Re: 15th Jan entry
I don't know where the Valley of Despair was no idea at all. They seemed to make up names for places.
Perhaps it was meant as "the hole one can't get out of" absolute loss of hope etc.
If you have a look at the webite below and then click on the English version of the map (where it says: The same ANZAC SECTOR map in English) It will take you through to a map that shows it.
No this is not in Gallipoli, remember I said at the beginning we join the 4th Battalion in Egypt, they don't get to Gallipoli until 25th April, The landings, but the map will be very useful from 25th April onwards. I gather that the camp was not far from Cairo or the Pyramids, exactly where I am not sure and not been able to find out.
I must be honest the time in Egypt is a bit repetitive, apart from one incident on Good Friday, just after my Grandad arrived, but once they leave Egypt it gets really interesting.
So glad that we are talking about it now, was getting a bit worried that no one was interested.
Ooh how could we not be interested - it's lovely to have something so personal from such a period of time - I'm green with envy here
It's a very raw & sensitive reading Lone Pine, possibly we were wary of treading on reverant ground.
I will let you all know when my Grandad arrives at the mo 100 years ago he was still in Australia at Liverpool Camp the 4th Battalion was drawn from Sydney and the surrounding area
Oh so interested Lone Pine, I just can't find the appropriate words to comment! Just that I appreciate everything these men went through for us!
I love the fact that he mentioned his letter from Mother
18 Jan - sounds horrible.
Reading this wonderful insight into WW1, prompted me to take a look at my great grandmother's diary to see what she had written about the outbreak of War. Her diaries are mostly family bits and pieces with the odd 'important' thing thrown in. She wrote;-
August 1st 1914
Dad and I went up to London met Bessie and Phil [her youngest sister and husband who lived in East Ham] saw the House of Lords and Commons also West M. Abbey.
August 3rd 1914
Saw the Tower. War declared with England and Germany.
We went to the White City
After a couple more days they went back to Southampton. Another world.
LP - I am fascinated by this diary. Reading it almost makes me 'feel like I am in the Bn with him'.
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