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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morning Geoff,

I woke early this morning and thought I'd work on my blog a while. Being new to blogging, I thought I'd have a look at a few of the Scribbly Bloggers site for a bit of inspiration and ideas on lay-out etc. So far I haven't got past this site! I've been lurking here for around half an hour reading Jack's diary entries - fascinating stuff, he must have been a bit of a character to be able to write in such a calm manner. One could be forgiven for thinking he was on a holiday, rather than staring death in the face each day. Not sure how I would deal with the horrors of war.I don't think I'd be able to concentrate on things like the weather! Perhaps writing his diary in that manner was a means of "escape" from the situation he found himself in and a way of coping.

I like the way you have set it out, with the date of his entries corresponding with the date you created the post, a very clever idea.Putting in notes about weather etc. in current time is a nice touch as well. I wonder what people will make of this blog were they to read it in 90 years time?

Anyway, I better shoot through now or I won't get anything done on my site. May catch up with you over at Scribbly later.

Warm regards
Woollybutt (Peter)

4:32 am, January 13, 2007  
Blogger chris said...

Hi Geoff
I have enjoyed reading Jacks Diary.
Just think he will never know that you have shared it with so many people all around the world.You have done him proud.
all the best Chris

5:44 pm, January 23, 2007  
Anonymous jj said...

Hello geoff d,
I had missed Jack's diary because the computer on which I had it as a "favourite" was on loan for a while.

I loved reading the diary and am glad you took the trouble to put it up to share, and that you mentioned it to more than your own (or Jack's own) family.

9:16 pm, March 18, 2007  
Anonymous ruffles said...

It was interesting to read the personal thoughts of a young man living during those difficult times, I like the terms people used back then, such as "a jolly good day"
At the same time it's rather sad knowing that he & others of his time are no more, but this web site will keep his life, memory & thoughs living on for others to enjoy & ponder over a time passed by.


3:27 am, February 04, 2008  

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