Camp Hill. Lovely country and woods. Through Capt. Banbury’s estate. Pay. Night drill. Wesleyan chaplain pays us a visit. Y.M.C.A. start a refreshment bar.
March to Camp Hill, Crowboro’. Baggage guard. Good dinner in the open. No tea. Rain. Tents put up with four pegs, rifles and entrenching tools. Transport bad, half the stuff not arrived after a week’s notice.
East Grinstead. Reconissance (sp!) march. Rifle inspection. Tea out. Picture palace. After being told we were going to stay in East Grinstead another week hear we are off first thing in the morning.
East Grinstead. Route march via Lingfield. Schoolchildren turn out in crowds to cheer us, never seen so many soldiers before. Afternoon parade. Tea out. Walk around.
East Grinstead. Church Parade at Parish Church. Mother arrives. Picnic in Recreation Ground. Walk in the afternoon with Mother, J.A.Millar and his brother. To tea at the Whitehall rooms. Walk in the evening. Mr Hughes sent tomatoes and air cushion, and Mrs Ninnis cake and jam.
The Whitehall rooms, along with the Whitehall cinema, were destroyed on 9th July 1943 by a lone German bomber who attacked the High Street and London Road. As a result of the raid 108 people were killed and 235 were seriously injured.
East Grinstead. Route march. Forest Row and Ashdown Forest. Went to picture palace in afternoon. Tea out. Walk in the town. Thought Mother was not coming Sunday. 86 deserters from Brigade – No L.R.Bs.
East Grinstead. Rained all morning. Dinner at Swan Hotel. Drill. Tea outside the village. Out for a walk in the evening. J A Millar arrives.