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.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Page 34 - January 5th

Sunday 5th Jan.

And that's it! Jack seems to have given up on his diary at this point. I do know that the 43rd moved to a village named Cerisy, where they stayed until early April 1919. They then shifted to the big camps at Codford, Wiltshire, and in June Jack left for Australia on the TSS Wiltshire, arriving back home in July.

Page 34 - January 4th

Saturday 4th Jan dawned fairly good. Up too late to play Reveille. Practice all morning. In the afternoon the football team went over to 44th & gave them a beating. Very good day.

Thursday 4th Jan spent mostly installing a new washbasin. 50 year-old plumbing can be a nuisance!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Page 33 - January 3rd

Friday 3rd dawned cold but a little cloudy. Reveille played at 7:30. Practice from 9:30 to 12, & at 2 o'clock there was a 2 mile run, but needless to say I did not start (too old). Rather a decent day.

Wednesday 3rd started off with very heavy rain at dawn. Very heavy clouds around, and showers continuing. Very nice indeed.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Page 33 - January 2nd

Thursday 2nd dawned cold & clear, so we turned out & played Reveille. Practice all morning & a free afternoon. Rather a nice day with a shower or two.

Tuesday Jan 2nd started with a nice shower in the wee small hours. Whether there is more around remains to be seen.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Page 33 - January 1st 1919

- 1919 -

January 1st dawned upon us rather mild but cloudy. Last night the boys had a bit of a kick up & unhinged a few gates, rolled the old Mayor's roller into a pond, put his pig in a cask & put the cow in the pig sty but never did any damage. Today was a holiday for all hands, so after dinner I went to Saint Maxent to see the 41st but found they were away at Abbeville & had been away for about a week, so had to walk back again - arriving just in time for tea. Had tea & then developed a film.
- 2007 -
January 1st very quiet here.