Wednesday 4th November 1914

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.

  Chyebassa was a grain ship, and owned by British India Steam Navigation Company  6,317 tons

Chyebassa was a grain ship, and owned by British India Steam Navigation Company 6,317 tons

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