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.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Page 7 - August 22nd

Thursday 22nd Aug dawned upon us rather roughly as we were aroused from our peaceful slumbers at 3:15am & revellie (sic) was played at 3:30. Breakfast at 4 & the Battn moved off at 5:30 to go into the line. The band & a few more were left behind to clean camp etc. After a lot of messing about they decided to keave us here so we settled down & salvaged a lot of stuff to send to the boys to build bivvies. Two of our band boys were wounded today & are now away - perhaps in Blighty. Some stunt on last night. Glorious warm day but plenty hard work.

The 'stunt' was the commencement of the 2nd Battle of Albert, from the night of the 21.8.18 to 23.8.18, where a combined Allied force took back much territory and captured about 3000 German prisoners. The first major battle involving the American forces.

Tuesday 22 nd Aug saw me up fairly early. Sister arrived home from her road trip last night, full of stories about her travels to Townsville and back. Today, Mum D to the doctor then down to the pharmacy to get her prescriptions into safe keeping so that confusion doesn't reign. Then, back to Brisbane to tend to Mrs D who is still rather unwell.


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