Alexander Mee's Diary

Alexander (Alec) Mee was a cousin of Sandy, George & Ted Mulligan. He also joined the New Zealand Army and, shortly after marrying Jessie Coutts, he went into Camp to begin training for service overseas.

Diary entries

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5 April, 1917 (Thursday)

The Day we left New Zealand
Reveillie 4-am Breakfast 5 am. Roll call 8 am, marched to the train, from the train to the troopship (Devon) went right on board left the Warf[sic] at 1 pm, went out a short distance into the stream & dropped anchor for the night, left again about 5 am & sailed south east, & has [sic] been doing same since.

[The Day we left New Zealand
Reveillie 4-am Breakfast 5 am. Roll call 8 am, marched to the train, from the train to the troopship (Devon) went right on board left the Warf[sic] at 1 pm, went out a short distance into the stream & dropped anchor for the night, left again about 5 am & sailed south east, & has [sic] been doing same since.]

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6 April, 1917 (Good Friday)

At Sea
Lifted anchor about 5 am & sailed away south east sea very calm not many sick quite well myself, We have drill twice a day for about 1 hour, our bunks are hammocks hung from the ceiling, good for not making us sick as they swing with the boat. The bunks hang over the tables, & got to be taken down. Through the day blankets & them rolled up together & put away in racks [sacks?]
No Hot Cross Buns.

[At Sea
Lifted anchor about 5 am & sailed away south east sea very calm not many sick quite well myself, We have drill twice a day for about 1 hour, our bunks are hammocks hung from the ceiling, good for not making us sick as they swing with the boat. The bunks hang over the tables, & got to be taken down. Through the day blankets & them rolled up together & put away in racks [sacks?]
No Hot Cross Buns.]

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7 April, 1917 (Sat)

At Sea
Sea as calm as a mill pond & looks lovely. Nothing but sea for miles around Saw a whale today passing about 1/2 mile away
A concert was held amidships tonight. By the course of the ship now we are making towards S America
Sat - owing to us going so far south we gain a day (what they call Antipodes Day)
We were unit for duty today, Sports were held on board today, some very amusing events.

[At Sea
Sea as calm as a mill pond & looks lovely. Nothing but sea for miles around Saw a whale today passing about 1/2 mile away
A concert was held amidships tonight. By the course of the ship now we are making towards S America
Sat - owing to us going so far south we gain a day (what they call Antipodes Day)
We were unit for duty today, Sports were held on board today, some very amusing events.]

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8 April, 1917 (Easter Sunday)

At Sea
Was at Church service in the morning. In the afternoon we were at Bible Class.

[At Sea
Was at Church service in the morning. In the afternoon we were at Bible Class.]

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9 April, 1917 (Monday)

At Sea
Physical drill & signalling as usual, still going about south east with a fine sea.

[At Sea
Physical drill & signalling as usual, still going about south east with a fine sea.]

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10 April, 1917 (Tuesday )

At Sea
Same as usual
Weather getting cold
Drill & signalling
saw another whale
Boat drill, Raft No 4.

[At Sea
Same as usual
Weather getting cold
Drill & signalling
saw another whale
Boat drill, Raft No 4.]

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11 April, 1917 (Wednesday)

At Sea
Our Platoon went on for guard today. 2 hours on, 4 hours off. I was on first round 10 to 12, then 4-6 - 10-12 - 4-6. We had all the next day off & we slept in the clink. Raining slightly during the night. Weather getting very cold. [circled:] Jessie Birthday.

[At Sea
Our Platoon went on for guard today. 2 hours on, 4 hours off. I was on first round 10 to 12, then 4-6 - 10-12 - 4-6. We had all the next day off & we slept in the clink. Raining slightly during the night. Weather getting very cold. [circled:] Jessie Birthday.]

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12 April, 1917 (Thursday)

At Sea
On Guard
Business explained on previous page, slept most of the day, very cold night. Still making south east. Started mess orderlies duty today carry on for a week.
Weather 40 degrees.

[At Sea
On Guard
Business explained on previous page, slept most of the day, very cold night. Still making south east. Started mess orderlies duty today carry on for a week.
Weather 40 degrees.]

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13 April, 1917 (Friday)

At Sea
Weather 38 degrees
The morning broke very rough, raining & blowing some, sea getting a bit rough now, breaking over the lower decks. Our hatchway was closed down this morning, very cold. Drilling with great coats on, Kit inspecting this afternoon. Weather improved a good deal this afternoon. We all have bad colds.

[At Sea
Weather 38 degrees
The morning broke very rough, raining & blowing some, sea getting a bit rough now, breaking over the lower decks. Our hatchway was closed down this morning, very cold. Drilling with great coats on, Kit inspecting this afternoon. Weather improved a good deal this afternoon. We all have bad colds.]

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14 April, 1917 (Saturday)

At Sea
Weather still very rough
Mess orderlies still
Boat Drill
Payed[sic] today 10/-
Boxing contest afternoon, very good
Sea getting very rough
Temp 43 degrees.

[At Sea
Weather still very rough
Mess orderlies still
Boat Drill
Payed[sic] today 10/-
Boxing contest afternoon, very good
Sea getting very rough
Temp 43 degrees.]

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15 April, 1917 (Sunday)

At Sea
Temp 32
Weather very rough
High Sea Running all day, several showers of snow. Getting near the pole I guess.
Mess orderlies again, very rough job too, seen several dishes of Potatos & sausages scattered about deck. Church in troop deck at 10 am.

[At Sea
Temp 32
Weather very rough
High Sea Running all day, several showers of snow. Getting near the pole I guess.
Mess orderlies again, very rough job too, seen several dishes of Potatos & sausages scattered about deck. Church in troop deck at 10 am.]

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16 April, 1917 (Monday)

At Sea
Weather improving big swell still Running. D Coy unit for Duty. Mess Orderlies still. Got good praise from Cpt Potter OC for the conditions of mess utensils.
Lecture afternoon re parts of Rifle, Cleaning & so on
Men wanted of working coal, had a try but was too late 2/- a day extra.

[At Sea
Weather improving big swell still Running. D Coy unit for Duty. Mess Orderlies still. Got good praise from Cpt Potter OC for the conditions of mess utensils.
Lecture afternoon re parts of Rifle, Cleaning & so on
Men wanted of working coal, had a try but was too late 2/- a day extra.]

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17 April, 1917 (Tuesday)

At Sea
Weather fine
Still Mess orderlie
nothing much doing today.

[At Sea
Weather fine
Still Mess orderlie
nothing much doing today.]

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18 April, 1917 (Wednesday)

At Sea
Weather broke. Stormy & got worse through the day by time it came night it was very wild, very big swell on, felt a bit sick. Got good praise from the Dr for the way had our dishes.
Finished up Mess orderlie.

[At Sea
Weather broke. Stormy & got worse through the day by time it came night it was very wild, very big swell on, felt a bit sick. Got good praise from the Dr for the way had our dishes.
Finished up Mess orderlie.]

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19 April, 1917 (Thursday)

At Sea
Weather still Rough
Lecture all day
nothing startling
Posted a letter to Jessie.

[At Sea
Weather still Rough
Lecture all day
nothing startling
Posted a letter to Jessie.]

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20 April, 1917 (Friday)

At Sea
Started to work in coal bunker shifting coal.
2/- a day extra. Not a bad job. Keeps you warm.
Weather improving
Sailing N-E,
Passed Cape Horn this morning[sic: in fact was the Cape of Good Hope].

[At Sea
Started to work in coal bunker shifting coal.
2/- a day extra. Not a bad job. Keeps you warm.
Weather improving
Sailing N-E,
Passed Cape Horn this morning[sic: in fact was the Cape of Good Hope].]

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21 April, 1917 (Saturday)

At Sea
Still at the coa
finished for the day at 1/2 11.
Afternoon, the Boxing was finished the Gold Medal was won by Prvt Mackie A Company. Several heats in the lay..[?] stick were pulled off to be finished on Wed
A concert was held in the evening in Lower Troop Deck.
All lights out at night.

[At Sea
Still at the coa
finished for the day at 1/2 11.
Afternoon, the Boxing was finished the Gold Medal was won by Prvt Mackie A Company. Several heats in the lay..[?] stick were pulled off to be finished on Wed
A concert was held in the evening in Lower Troop Deck.
All lights out at night.]

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22 April, 1917 (Sunday)

At Sea
Weather improving still travelling North East
Mess orderlies for coal lumpers table
Church Service 10-am & 7 Pm
1 Revelations, 32 Present
Wrote letter to Anna.

[At Sea
Weather improving still travelling North East
Mess orderlies for coal lumpers table
Church Service 10-am & 7 Pm
1 Revelations, 32 Present
Wrote letter to Anna.]

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23 April, 1917 (Monday)

At Sea
Weather better, at the coal again
The rest Platoon Physical drill & lecture.
Very cold & stormy tonight.

[At Sea
Weather better, at the coal again
The rest Platoon Physical drill & lecture.
Very cold & stormy tonight.]

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24 April, 1917 (Tuesday)

Still at Sea
Weather fairly good but cold.
Still working at the coal. Nothing exciting
Had a fine dinner today, grilled chops the best I have had since I left home.

[At Sea
Weather fairly good but cold.
Still working at the coal. Nothing exciting
Had a fine dinner today, grilled chops the best I have had since I left home.]

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25 April, 1917 (Wednesday)

At Sea
Weather very cold.
Anzac Day, whole holiday Services & Speeches, from ten to 11. During the speech we came in sight of an ice berg they reckon it was about 3 miles off. The gunner had a shot but it fell very short. Sports afternoon blind fold boxing & lazy stick. Saw about 50 more icebergs this afternoon & passed very close to some at night
[written around the margins:] B Shaw & Fairmald [?] beast
Milk & M[?] at 500
A good concert at night.

[At Sea
Weather very cold.
Anzac Day, whole holiday Services & Speeches, from ten to 11. During the speech we came in sight of an ice berg they reckon it was about 3 miles off. The gunner had a shot but it fell very short. Sports afternoon blind fold boxing & lazy stick. Saw about 50 more icebergs this afternoon & passed very close to some at night
[written around the margins:] B Shaw & Fairmald [?] beast
Milk & M[?] at 500
A good concert at night.]

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26 April, 1917 (Thursday)

At Sea
Weather cold but clear in morning heavy rain this afternoon
Working coal all day. Had Grilled steak for dinner.

[At Sea
Weather cold but clear in morning heavy rain this afternoon
Working coal all day. Had Grilled steak for dinner.]

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27 April, 1917 (Friday)

At Sea
Weather fair.
Still working coal
Vaccination today.
Came down from the hold get done & then straight back
Got paid also, $1, got our identification disc.

[At Sea
Weather fair.
Still working coal
Vaccination today.
Came down from the hold get done & then straight back
Got paid also, $1, got our identification disc.]

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28 April, 1917 (Saturday)

At Sea
Weather fair, still at coal
Sports this afternoon, was not there.
Writing letters.
Send letters to Sophia, Bella, Johnny, Geo Haswell [?] Brighton Choir to catch mail at Capetown.
Finished work on coal.

[At Sea
Weather fair, still at coal
Sports this afternoon, was not there.
Writing letters.
Send letters to Sophia, Bella, Johnny, Geo Haswell [?] Brighton Choir to catch mail at Capetown.
Finished work on coal.]

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29 April, 1917 (Sunday)

At Sea
Weather very good best day yet.
Church Service this morning, Communion afterwards was there, Bible Class this afternoon, 32 Present
Wrote a letter to Jessie & Mother. Church at 7pm was not there
Travelling East.

[At Sea
Weather very good best day yet.
Church Service this morning, Communion afterwards was there, Bible Class this afternoon, 32 Present
Wrote a letter to Jessie & Mother. Church at 7pm was not there
Travelling East.]

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30 April, 1917 (Monday)

At Sea
Weather Good
Drill very light on account of vaccination
Wrote a letter to mother & Jessie.

[At Sea
Weather Good
Drill very light on account of vaccination
Wrote a letter to mother & Jessie.]

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1 May, 1917 (Tuesday)

At Sea
Weather Good
Did not go Duck shooting
On Guard 10 to 12 shift slept out on Deck.

[At Sea
Weather Good
Did not go Duck shooting
On Guard 10 to 12 shift slept out on Deck.]

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2 May, 1917 (Wednesday)

At Sea
Weather very good finished guard at 8oclock, Armed Guard put on at 6A.M., Had to wear lifebelts all day
Boat alarm.
Sea very Calm Lovely sunset.
Medical Inspection.

[At Sea
Weather very good finished guard at 8oclock, Armed Guard put on at 6A.M., Had to wear lifebelts all day
Boat alarm.
Sea very Calm Lovely sunset.
Medical Inspection.]

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3 May, 1917 (Thursday)

At Sea & Port
Weather foggy morning had to stop & blow the whistle. Met the first vessel on the journey, about 8Am, fog lifted & saw another steamer & then between 8&9 we sighted land. Cape Colony the Tableland appeared to be up in the clouds. The Harbour tug met us & guided us in to the harbour. Corinthic in 1 hrs ahead of us. We were not allowed off on account of some soldiers trouble, out from Capetown. We berthed at about 12 o'Clock. They started to coal with about 100 Niggers.

[At Sea & Port
Weather foggy morning had to stop & blow the whistle. Met the first vessel on the journey, about 8Am, fog lifted & saw another steamer & then between 8&9 we sighted land. Cape Colony the Tableland appeared to be up in the clouds. The Harbour tug met us & guided us in to the harbour. Corinthic in 1 hrs ahead of us. We were not allowed off on account of some soldiers trouble, out from Capetown. We berthed at about 12 o'Clock. They started to coal with about 100 Niggers]

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4 May, 1917 (Friday)

In Harbour, Capetown
Weather very wet in the morning, broke away fine about 10 o'clock.
Went for a route march for a few miles around the town, back again for dinner, General leave granted to all troops except 20 of 15 Platoon D Coy for fatique, & I was among the unlucky ones
We did not get off till 6 o'clock. We took a cab up to the town & then had a look around & a big tea & went to the pictures.

[In Harbour, Capetown
Weather very wet in the morning, broke away fine about 10 o'clock.
Went for a route march for a few miles around the town, back again for dinner, General leave granted to all troops except 20 of 15 Platoon D Coy for fatique, & I was among the unlucky ones
We did not get off till 6 o'clock. We took a cab up to the town & then had a look around & a big tea & went to the pictures.]

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5 May, 1917 (Saturday)

In Harbour, Capetown
Weather again wet morning lovely after 10 o'clock
Was Marched through the city to the Band Rotunda & then dismissed for the day. Had a good look round very [?] lovely gardens. Dinner Y.M.C.A. Long Street, afternoon went the round trip by tramcar to Camp Bays a lovely place rose up 400[?] ft above sea level. Passed the table mountains on the way.
Had a swim & cup of tea all free. Took some snaps. Went to Pictures
Walked home to boat
[In Margin:] Bought a Kodak £2-4/.

[In Harbour, Capetown
Weather again wet morning lovely after 10 o'clock
Was Marched through the city to the Band Rotunda & then dismissed for the day. Had a good look round very [?] lovely gardens. Dinner Y.M.C.A. Long Street, afternoon went the round trip by tramcar to Camp Bays a lovely place rose up 400[?] ft above sea level. Passed the table mountains on the way.
Had a swim & cup of tea all free. Took some snaps. Went to Pictures
Walked home to boat
[In Margin:] Bought a Kodak £2-4/.]

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6 May, 1917 (Sunday)

Capetown
Weather fine
Left the wharf about 7 AM & anchored out in the stream.
D Coy for Duty, did not get anything to do.
Church Parade at 10 o'clock
Did not get ashore.
Had a couple of hours sleep in the afternoon
Went to Church at night.

[Capetown
Weather fine
Left the wharf about 7 AM & anchored out in the stream.
D Coy for Duty, did not get anything to do.
Church Parade at 10 o'clock
Did not get ashore.
Had a couple of hours sleep in the afternoon
Went to Church at night.]

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7 May, 1917 (Monday)

In the Stream
Good day
Nothing doing.
Sore throat at the Doctor.

[In the Stream
Good day
Nothing doing.
Sore throat at the Doctor.]

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8 May, 1917 (Tuesday)

In the bay
Good day at the Doctor with throat, improving.
Starting Physical Drill Practising for Sports.

[In the bay
Good day at the Doctor with throat, improving.
Starting Physical Drill Practising for Sports.]

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9 May, 1917 (Wednesday)

In the bay
Good day. Throat getting better.
Physical Drill, Signalling Practice. Practise for football game & Potato race
Slept on Deck.

[In the bay
Good day. Throat getting better.
Physical Drill, Signalling Practice. Practise for football game & Potato race
Slept on Deck.]

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10 May, 1917 (Thursday)

Fine Day
In bay till 12 o'clock & then we lifted anchor & set sail for England, with 8 other troopships all lights out at nights. Sailing three deep.
Practising for sports again & signalling.
Slept on Deck
Sailing North.

[Fine Day
In bay till 12 o'clock & then we lifted anchor & set sail for England, with 8 other troopships all lights out at nights. Sailing three deep.
Practising for sports again & signalling.
Slept on Deck
Sailing North.]

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11 May, 1917 (Friday)

At Sea
Fine day weather getting hot.
D Coy unit for Duty
Went to Dentist to get impression taken. Did a big washing today that all
Started our choir
Slept on deck
Got paid for coalwork 14/- a day.

[At Sea
Fine day weather getting hot.
D Coy unit for Duty
Went to Dentist to get impression taken. Did a big washing today that all
Started our choir
Slept on deck
Got paid for coalwork 14/- a day.]

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12 May, 1917 (Saturday)

At Sea
Weather very hot, awnings put up for shelter. Semeraphore [sic. Semaphore] signalling till 1030.
Medical Inspection, got my teeth fitted
Afternoon sports, Passing football D Coy 15 Platoon lost their heat
Potato race won my heat by default, Broad jump Mack beathen
Bible reading. Concert at night. Slept on Deck
Sailing North.

[At Sea
Weather very hot, awnings put up for shelter. Semeraphore [sic. Semaphore] signalling till 1030.
Medical Inspection, got my teeth fitted
Afternoon sports, Passing football D Coy 15 Platoon lost their heat
Potato race won my heat by default, Broad jump Mack beathen
Bible reading. Concert at night. Slept on Deck
Sailing North.]

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13 May, 1917 (Sunday)

At Sea
Weather getting better
Church Parade at 9-30 Am on the aft deck, was singing in choir.
Bible Class afternoon. Revelation 2 Chap. Church 7 o'clock
Slept on Deck
Sailing North.

[At Sea
Weather getting better
Church Parade at 9-30 Am on the aft deck, was singing in choir.
Bible Class afternoon. Revelation 2 Chap. Church 7 o'clock
Slept on Deck
Sailing North.]

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14 May, 1917 (Monday)

At Sea
Weather still hot,
Washing day for 15 Platoon,
Washed Pants & coat.

[At Sea
Weather still hot,
Washing day for 15 Platoon,
Washed Pants & coat.]

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16 May, 1917 (Wednesday)

At Sea
Weather very hot
Started Mess orderly J Elder & me\15 Platoon on Guard
A lot of sickness abord feeling quite well myself
Reading a good book ON the Edge of Beyond by Gertrude Page
Sailing North.

[At Sea
Weather very hot
Started Mess orderly J Elder & me\15 Platoon on Guard
A lot of sickness abord feeling quite well myself
Reading a good book ON the Edge of Beyond by Gertrude Page
Sailing North.]

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17 May, 1917 (Thursday)

At Sea
Weather still very hot
Losing a lot of sweat
A Private tried by Court Martial & got 42 days for stealing of puttees.
All the troops were lined up, & he was stood up in front of them when getting his sentence.
Sailing north
Slept on deck found my mate to be Joe Simmonds who used to live at Taieri Bush [?].

[At Sea
Weather still very hot
Losing a lot of sweat
A Private tried by Court Martial & got 42 days for stealing of puttees.
All the troops were lined up, & he was stood up in front of them when getting his sentence.
Sailing north
Slept on deck found my mate to be Joe Simmonds who used to live at Taieri Bush [?].]

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18 May, 1917 (Friday)

At Sea
Mess orderlies
Rained at night very heavy everyone caught out on deck
Got my false teeth
Slept on Deck.

[At Sea
Mess orderlies
Rained at night very heavy everyone caught out on deck
Got my false teeth
Slept on Deck.]

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19 May, 1917 (Saturday)

At Sea
Very hot at sea
Mess Orderlie
Lecture on discipline
Nothing doing afternoon
Slept on Deck
Sailing N West.

[At Sea
Very hot at sea
Mess Orderlie
Lecture on discipline
Nothing doing afternoon
Slept on Deck
Sailing N West.]

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20 May, 1917 (Sunday)

At Sea
Very hot
Crossing the line Cruiser away a head to cut the wires.
Father Neptune came aboard at 2 Pm with his full sword[?] the best time I have put in on the ship. They tipped every one into the water they could get hold of Capts Doctors Lieuts & privates
Slept on Deck

[At Sea
Very hot
Crossing the line Cruiser away a head to cut the wires.
Father Neptune came aboard at 2 Pm with his full sword[?] the best time I have put in on the ship. They tipped every one into the water they could get hold of Capts Doctors Lieuts & privates
Slept on Deck.]

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23 May, 1917 (Wednesday)

At Sea
Weather very hot & muggy
Sighted land at daybreak. Came to anchor in bay at about 9.30 Am.
The name of the district is Sierra Leone & the chief town Freetown. 1 hours drill in morning rest of day off. Lecture on tying up wounds Went on Guard at 3 relief

[At Sea
Weather very hot & muggy
Sighted land at daybreak. Came to anchor in bay at about 9.30 Am.
The name of the district is Sierra Leone & the chief town Freetown. 1 hours drill in morning rest of day off. Lecture on tying up wounds. Went on Guard at 3 relief]

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24 May, 1917 (Thursday)

In Bay
Weather very hot
Coaling all day with natives
Officers went ashore, on Guard till 6 Pm, one of my eyes very sore
not allowed to sleep on deck

[In Bay
Weather very hot
Coaling all day with natives
Officers went ashore, on Guard till 6 Pm, one of my eyes very sore
not allowed to sleep on deck]

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25 May, 1917 (Friday)

In Bay
Weather very hot
Private Mapp, E Coy dropped dead at his post on Guard. Body taken ashore & Buried. Firing party & Band went ashore with them. At Doctor with eye, very sore today.

[In Bay
Weather very hot
Private Mapp, E Coy dropped dead at his post on Guard. Body taken ashore & Buried. Firing party & Band went ashore with them. At Doctor with eye, very sore today.]

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26 May, 1917 (Saturday)

Weather very hot.
Left Sierra Leone at 10 o'clock.
No more escort.
At Dr with eye. Very sore this morning better afternoon.
Jack Houston took some photos for me of Sierra Leone, did some writing to Jessie afternoon & had a sleep.
Slept on Deck. Travelling West.

[Weather very hot.
Left Sierra Leone at 10 o'clock.
No more escort.
At Dr with eye. Very sore this morning better afternoon.
Jack Houston took some photos for me of Sierra Leone, did some writing to Jessie afternoon & had a sleep.
Slept on Deck. Travelling West.]

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27 May, 1917 (Sunday)

At Sea
Weather Hot
Church Parade 9 am
at the Dr with eye very sore. Doctor & me ....[?] taken for sitting on cases of potatoes. Know our fate tomorrow.
At Bible Class afternoon Rev chap 2-8-10. Sgt Halford held Prpbt [Presbyterian?] service a 6 o'clock. English church service 7 o'clock was at neither.
Slept on Deck. Travelling at West by North.

[At Sea
Weather Hot
Church Parade 9 am
at the Dr with eye very sore. Doctor & me ....[?] taken for sitting on cases of potatoes. Know our fate tomorrow.
At Bible Class afternoon Rev chap 2-8-10. Sgt Halford held Prpbt [Presbyterian?] service a 6 o'clock. English church service 7 o'clock was at neither.
Slept on Deck. Travelling at West by North.]

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28 May, 1917 (Monday)

At Sea
Weather not as warm
Up before O.C. (first time) for sitting on Potatoes, 3 days C.B.
At Dr eye getting better, changed a pound
On Parade afternoon name taken for lighting a match forward of Bridge.
Slept on Deck.

[At Sea
Weather not as warm
Up before O.C. (first time) for sitting on Potatoes, 3 days C.B.
At Dr eye getting better, changed a pound
On Parade afternoon name taken for lighting a match forward of Bridge.
Slept on Deck.]

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29 May, 1917 (Tuesday)

At Sea
Met a strange boat 6 Am this morning. Cruiser did a few rounds about her to see whether bound.
D Coy Guard & Fatigue.
I had 1/2 hour work for the day. Read & played cards the rest of the day & chased the bugle 4 times
Slept on Deck.

[At Sea
Met a strange boat 6 Am this morning. Cruiser did a few rounds about her to see whether bound.
D Coy Guard & Fatigue.
I had 1/2 hour work for the day. Read & played cards the rest of the day & chased the bugle 4 times
Slept on Deck.]

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30 May, 1917 (Wednesday)

At Sea
Weather good
Kit inspection in the forenoon.
Met a sailing ship this morning
Slept on Deck.

[At Sea

Weather good
Kit inspection in the forenoon.
Met a sailing ship this morning
Slept on Deck.]

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31 May, 1917 (Thursday)

At Sea
Weather Good.
Chased the Bugle four times & finished up
Started on the coal afternoon at 3/- per extra Washing in the morning
Slept on Deck.

[At Sea
Weather Good.
Chased the Bugle four times & finished up
Started on the coal afternoon at 3/- per extra Washing in the morning
Slept on Deck..]

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1 June, 1917 (Friday)

At Sea
Weather Good getting cooler
Working at coal all day
Boat drill 10-30
Slept on Deck.

[At Sea
Weather Good getting cooler
Working at coal all day
Boat drill 10-30
Slept on Deck.]

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2 June, 1917 (Saturday)

At Sea
Weather good
Cold wind
Working at coal half day.
Sports afternoon. Lost my heat potato race. Great wrestling match Pascoe G Coy versus Mattson G Coy. Pascoe won great fun.
Pillow fight over sheet water.[?] Best concert yet held. All dressed as Pierrots. Slept on Deck.

[At Sea
Weather good
Cold wind
Working at coal half day.
Sports afternoon. Lost my heat potato race. Great wrestling match Pascoe G Coy versus Mattson G Coy. Pascoe won great fun.
Pillow fight over sheet water.[?] Best concert yet held. All dressed as Pierrots. Slept on Deck.]

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3 June, 1917 (Sunday)

At Sea
Weather Good (Cool)
Church Parade 9-0 am, Sermon on 13 chap Revelation, Communion 10-am was there Did not go to Bible Class Wrote letters to Jessie & Maggie
Church 5-45 Srgt Halford Preaching
a bit of a riot on board over the Butter buried the Butter, Had to sound the alarm to break the men up[?]
Slept on Deck.

[At Sea
Weather Good (Cool)
Church Parade 9-0 am, Sermon on 13 chap Revelation, Communion 10-am was there Did not go to Bible Class Wrote letters to Jessie & Maggie
Church 5-45 Srgt Halford Preaching
a bit of a riot on board over the Butter buried the Butter, Had to sound the alarm to break the men up[?]
Slept on Deck.]

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4 June, 1917 (Monday)

At Sea
Weather & Cool showers of rain
Working coal.
Prvt Vezey Court-Martialled for stealing a comrades money
Bilt[?] got 42 days detention but of 4 days tied to the railing
Bought a writing pad 6d-
Slept on deck.

[At Sea
Weather & Cool showers of rain
Working coal.
Prvt Vezey Court-Martialled for stealing a comrades money
Bilt[?] got 42 days detention but of 4 days tied to the railing
Bought a writing pad 6d-
Slept on deck.]

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5 June, 1917 (Tuesday)

At Sea
Weather cold
Working coal
Met a Cruiser & another boat about 10-30 am
L Corporal Mason lost his stripe & up @ [?] B for swearing at Corpl McGuigan
Sea getting rough
Slept on Deck.

[At Sea
Weather cold
Working coal
Met a Cruiser & another boat about 10-30 am
L Corporal Mason lost his stripe & up @ [?] B for swearing at Corpl McGuigan
Sea getting rough
Slept on Deck.]

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6 June, 1917 (Wednesday)

At Sea
Weather cold
Working coal forenoon
Sports afternoon. Enter for all events won none. A very good afternoon's sport.
Steering gear went wrong for about 1 hour last night Stopped some time.
Rained very heavy
Slept on Deck
[In Margin:] Met two ships.

[At Sea
Weather cold
Working coal forenoon
Sports afternoon. Enter for all events won none. A very good afternoon's sport.
Steering gear went wrong for about 1 hour last night Stopped some time.
Rained very heavy
Slept on Deck
[In Margin:] Met two ships.]

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7 June, 1917 (Thursday)

At Sea
Weather good cold wind
Lost our job on coal through going to Sports
Washing clothes morning vaccination inspected afternoon & Physical Drill
Going on Guard 10-Pm Third Relief
Slept on Deck.

[At Sea
Weather good cold wind
Lost our job on coal through going to Sports
Washing clothes morning vaccination inspected afternoon & Physical Drill
Going on Guard 10-Pm Third Relief
Slept on Deck.]

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8 June, 1917 (Friday)

At Sea
Weather Good
on Guard all day - 8 to 10 & 2to4 hours
C Coy Sports
Between 3&½ past we sighted the escort 10 torpedo destroyers coming at full speed at a fine sight. The troopships all fell into single file. The destroyers are all round us took 2 snaps of them.
Slept on Deck.

[At Sea
Weather Good
on Guard all day - 8 to 10 & 2to4 hours
C Coy Sports
Between 3&½ past we sighted the escort 10 torpedo destroyers coming at full speed - a fine sight. The troopships all fell into single file. The destroyers are all round us took 2 snaps of them.
Slept on Deck.]

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9 June, 1917 (Saturday)

At Sea
Weather Good
No Drill today
Order full marching order, boots & buttons shined up. Getting near to old England
Kits to be packed.
Medical Inspection First aid material given to every man
Books of the library given away, destroyers cutting about everywhere.
Got paid for coal
Slept on Deck.

[At Sea
Weather Good
No Drill today
Order full marching order, boots & buttons shined up. Getting near to old England
Kits to be packed.
Medical Inspection First aid material given to every man
Books of the library given away, destroyers cutting about everywhere.
Got paid for coal
Slept on Deck.]

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10 June, 1917 (Sunday)

At Sea
Weather good
Went for Dry Rations
Sighted England about 9-o'clock Seen first Aeroplane about 9-15 am
Passed Eddystone Lighthouse in view of England. Arrived at Devonport 12 o'clock
Passed Plymouth Hook[?] Rock[?] at the Wharf 4 oclock
A beauthiful view & scenery on the way in. Pulled into harbour take off gold went out again into the stream.
A submarine was sunk just a little in front of us this morning.

[At Sea
Weather good
Went for Dry Rations
Sighted England about 9-o'clock Seen first Aeroplane about 9-15 am
Passed Eddystone Lighthouse in view of England. Arrived at Devonport 12 o'clock
Passed Plymouth Hook[?] Rock[?] at the Wharf 4 oclock
A beauthiful view & scenery on the way in. Pulled into harbour take off gold went out again into the stream.
A submarine was sunk just a little in front of us this morning.]

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11 June, 1917 (Monday)

In Stream
Weather good
Up at 5 am. Got our kits on deck ready to leave the old Devon. While waiting a seaplane passed over the ship & came down in the bay.
Came off the old Devon on to a lighter at halfpast-nine brought to the wharf & put on a train for Sling Camp.
We passed some of loveliest country & scenery I ever saw. The paddocks are all wee squares with hawthorn hedges.
Arrived at Sling Station at 6 o'clock. Marched to the camp about 1 mile. The camp is badly laid out. Saw about a dozen aeroplanes flying over us. Went to bed about 10 o'clock. Very tired.

[In Stream
Weather good
Up at 5 am. Got our kits on deck ready to leave the old Devon. While waiting a seaplane passed over the ship & came down in the bay.
Came off the old Devon on to a lighter at halfpast-nine brought to the wharf & put on a train for Sling Camp.
We passed some of loveliest country & scenery I ever saw. The paddocks are all wee squares with hawthorn hedges.
Arrived at Sling Station at 6 o'clock. Marched to the camp about 1 mile. The camp is badly laid out. Saw about a dozen aeroplanes flying over us. Went to bed about 10 o'clock. Very tired.]

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12 June, 1917 (Tuesday)

Sling Camp
Reveille at 6 o'clock. A shower bath before breakfast
Parade for equipment. Medical parade. Dental Parade. Inspection Parade
Dinner
Review by heads
Lecture by Major
Smoke
Kit inspection. They shake you up some.

[Sling Camp
Reveille at 6 o'clock. A shower bath before breakfast
Parade for equipment. Medical parade. Dental Parade. Inspection Parade
Dinner
Review by heads
Lecture by Major
Smoke
Kit inspection. They shake you up some.]

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13 June, 1917 (Wednesday)

Sling Camp
Weather Good
Went out to Drill at 10-30 Squad Drill & Mills Webb Equipment put together & inspected till 12-o'clock.
Afternoon Route March & piling [?] arms.
A bath & finished up for the day.

[Sling Camp
Weather Good
Went out to Drill at 10-30 Squad Drill & Mills Webb Equipment put together & inspected till 12-o'clock.
Afternoon Route March & piling [?] arms.
A bath & finished up for the day.]

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14 June, 1917 (Thursday)

Sling Camp
Weather hot
Prayers & Inspection. Squad drill. Bayonet Fighting. Heads right, 12 o'clock
Afternoon
Lecture on Gases
" [ditto] on Wire entanglements
" [ditto] on Lewis gun
into lines. March back finished 4-30
[In Margin:] As you were.

[Sling Camp
Weather hot
Prayers & Inspection. Squad drill. Bayonet Fighting. Heads right, 12 o'clock
Afternoon
Lecture on Gases
" [ditto] on Wire entanglements
" [ditto] on Lewis gun
into lines. March back finished 4-30
[In Margin:] As you were.]

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15 June, 1917 (Friday)

Sling Camp
Weather very hot. Prayers & Inspection
Practice with Pitt[?] P.H[?] Gas Helmets 1 hour
Practice putting up wire fence 1 hour
Practice with Lewis Gun
March Past 12 o'clock
Bayonet Fighting
Squad drill
Bomb throwing
Home 4-30.

[Sling Camp
Weather very hot. Prayers & Inspection
Practice with Pitt[?] P.H[?] Gas Helmets 1 hour
Practice putting up wire fence 1 hour
Practice with Lewis Gun
March Past 12 o'clock
Bayonet Fighting
Squad drill
Bomb throwing
Home 4-30.]

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16 June, 1917 (Saturday)

Sling Camp
Weather very hot.
Prayers & Inspection
1 hr Squad drill
1 hr Bayonet Fighting
1 hr Bomb throwing
March Past 12 o'clock
1 hr Gas Helmets
1 hr Fencing
1 hr Lewis Gun
4-30 home
Aeroplane came down close by both men killed.

[Sling Camp
Weather very hot.
Prayers & Inspection
1 hr Squad drill
1 hr Bayonet Fighting
1 hr Bomb throwing
March Past 12 o'clock
1 hr Gas Helmets
1 hr Fencing
1 hr Lewis Gun
4-30 home
Aeroplane came down close by both men killed.]

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17 June, 1917 (Sunday)

Sling Camp
Weather very hot 88 degr
Church Parade 9-Am
Went for a walk, had a look at Aeroplane
had tea Y.M.C.A.

[Sling Camp
Weather very hot 88 degr
Church Parade 9-Am
Went for a walk, had a look at Aeroplane
had tea Y.M.C.A.]

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18 June, 1917 (Monday)

Sling Camp
Weather rain. Bull Ring as usual. Lecture till 8Pm.

[Sling Camp
Weather rain. Bull Ring as usual. Lecture till 8Pm.]

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19 June, 1917 (Tuesday)

Sling Camp
Weather hot & rain
Bull Ring as usual
The Bull Ring is the place where you go through
Squad Drill
Bayonet Fighting
Bomb Throwing
Gas Helmets
Fencing
Lewis Gun.

[Sling Camp
Weather hot & rain
Bull Ring as usual
The Bull Ring is the place where you go through
Squad Drill
Bayonet Fighting
Bomb Throwing
Gas Helmets
Fencing
Lewis Gun.]

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20 June, 1917 (Wednesday)

Sling Camp
Weather Cloudy
Bull Ring as usual
at Y.M.C.A. had poached eggs.

[Sling Camp
Weather Cloudy
Bull Ring as usual
at Y.M.C.A. had poached eggs.]

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21 June, 1917 (Thursday)

Sling Camp
Bull[ring] as usual
Finished Bull[ring].
Raining afternoon
The 23rds left for France - about midnight.

[Sling Camp
Bull[ring] as usual
Finished Bull[ring].
Raining afternoon
The 23rds left for France - about midnight.]

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22 June, 1917 (Friday)

Sling Camp
Weather cold Morning showery
Throwing live Bombs Classed B
In the March Past
Afternoon Cleaning out huts.
Evening Y.M.C.A. Cup of Tea & Strawberries.

[Sling Camp
Weather cold Morning showery
Throwing live Bombs Classed B
In the March Past
Afternoon Cleaning out huts.
Evening Y.M.C.A. Cup of Tea & Strawberries.]

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23 June, 1917 (Saturday)

Sling Camp
Weather cold
Went through Gas Chamber with P.H. Helmets on.
Squad Drill
Afternoon washing & Bath.
At a Y.M.C.A. concert Very good
Supper Y.M.C.A.

[Sling Camp
Weather cold
Went through Gas Chamber with P.H. Helmets on.
Squad Drill
Afternoon washing & Bath.
At a Y.M.C.A. concert Very good
Supper Y.M.C.A.]

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24 June, 1917 (Sunday)

Sling Camp
Weather Dull
Church Parade 9-am.

[Sling Camp
Weather Dull
Church Parade 9-am.]

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