Jack's Diary

The diary of Sergeant Samuel John "Jack" Drew M.M., August 1918 to January 1919.

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Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Over 60, with a son 32 and a daughter 22. Retired on 26 October, 2007, after 37 years with the company. No matter, I've led an interesting life with much travel in Southeast Asia, the Pacific Region, and a little bit of Africa.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Page 11 - September 1st

Sunday Sept 1st found us out of bed at 7am. After breakfast the transports moved off with a load but we were kept fooling about, so we decided to have dinner before we set out. Eventually we started & after about a 4 mile walk we arrived at our destination & were lucky this time, as we found a hole already dug & we only had to clean it out & put a cover over it. On the journey up we passed quite a number of prisoners going back, & they kept on passing this place for quite a while. My bed here was a Fritz stretcher & very nice too. Fred Lewis was killed today - poor chap.

Fred Lewis. This is the "Lieut Lewis" referred to in an earlier entry as organising a concert. To search the records for a Lewis without other details is futile, but with a surname and a date of death it is a simple matter to find some details of the man from the Australia War Memorial website on the Roll of Honour page. With the information discovered there, particularly the full name of Frederick George LEWIS, his war records can be viewed from the National Archives of Australia website. I will do a short biography soon.

Friday Sept 1st is the day that my new-found 3rd cousin Janet came to visit, and a lovely visit, yarn, lunch and bit of sightseeing it was too. Her grandmother was born Jane Drew, my grandfather's only Drew cousin. Rain appeared to be clearing, but showers again through the day and steady drizzle at nightfall; they are telling us now that it will clear after morning showers tomorrow.


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