Left camp @ Smith’s Lawn, Windsor Park for Egham – London to Stafford on 5 days leave. Stayed at Stafford two days after calling @ Leicester. Called @ Melton Mowbray & saw Rev. S. D. Middleton & Canon Blakency.
Paid subscription to Wm. Salt Arch. Socy. For 1918. £1.1.0. To Liverpool by 11.12 train from Stafford. Arr. L’pl 1.45. All @ home waiting up. Stayed L’pl two days. Left on Monday @ 4:30 pm for Leicester. Went to Gaddesby & (17th) searched Registers alone by permission of Rev. Quarrie. Stayed Leicester till Thursday after getting extension of two days. Left Leicester @ 5.30 pm for St. Pancras arr 7.34. 20 mins. Across London by Tube for Waterloo. Take 9.26 train for Camp.
I take cycle run to Teddington near Hampton Court to visit Mr. & Mrs. E.J. Newstead – parents of Mrs. Wallach.
Charles is booked as Engineer for Kincardineshire, Scotland.
Met Charles Graham, Cousin. We pass thro’ medical tests. Teeth inspected.
Left Seaford for Canadian Forestry Corps @ Sunningdale, Windsor Forest.
*The Canadian Forestry Corps provided lumber for the Allied war effort by cutting and preparing timber in the United Kingdom and on the continent of Europe in both the First World War and the Second World War.
*The Forestry Corps established its English headquarters at Smith’s Lawn, Sunningdale, Berkshire, in the midst of Windsor Great Park. This 20 square kilometre area of forested land was traditionally the private hunting grounds of the Royal Family, whose rural home, Windsor Castle, was located nearby. Amongst the trees the Forestry Corps claims to have felled in the Park was the “William the Conqueror Oak”, 38 feet in circumference and large enough to be 1000 years old. As no saw was capable of cutting it from the outside, Canadian lumbermen dug a hole into the trunk large enough to allow one man to pull the saw from inside the tree! (http://guysboroughgreatwarveterans.blogspot.ca/2012/02/canadian-forestry-corps.html)
Notice appears in Bde. Orders for me to be reverted to Private. Wow!
As I am “refused permission” to go overseas again, 4th time they tell me. I have to rest up & have done my bit.