Billet at school. Go round for good hot wash at No 9 café afterwards. Clean up inspection in morning. First issue of ‘Green’ envelopes. Dinner at the ‘Dairy’, rice, bread and butter and eggs. Heavy thunderstorm this morning. Go to the cemetery in the wood for Jenkins’ funeral but, as the chaplain did not arrive in time, had to return.
Camp Hill. Leave camp at eleven for Crowboro’ station. Send off by the Post Office Rifles and 6th London. Entrain for Southampton. On board the ‘Chyebassa’ . Start 8 pm. Hospital ship passes us in Southampton Water. Searchlights on us. Sleep in horse boxes. Lascars make biscuits.
This last diary entry co-incides with the first entry in the Bn. War Diary which recorded the battalion leaving Crowborough. Bn. strength was 863 men including 29 officers and 1 medical officer .
National Archives Ref WO 95_1498_2
Camp Hill. Inspected by General Fry, then route march. Bayonet drill in afternoon. Tent orderly.
Camp Hill. Rained all morning. Route march in afternoon in full pack.
Home. Up at 7 am. 8 o’clock service at St Stephens. Went to Hugh’s and Harry’s. Ninnis’ come to tea. Mother, Harry and Mrs Ninnis come to see me off by the 7.04 at East Croydon. Parade 10 pm for valise, ration bag and puttees.
Harry was Hob’s eldest brother. St Stephens church is in Warwick Road South London
Camp Hill. Clothing inspection. Haircut. Catch the 1.07 train. Home 4 pm. Fred, Minnie and Ninnis come in. Harry brings along two bottles of Mossell (sp). To bed at 3.30 am. Sunday.
Camp Hill. Route march. Draw uniform, sleeping cap, boots, pants, cardigan and new rifle.
Camp Hill. Shooting, 200’; 5 deliberate and 15 rapid. Wire mother to come down then hear of leave.
Camp Hill. Musketry exercises. News we are embarking Saturday. Medical examination. Pail bath.