Bro. Charles comes home from France. I make application for leave. Granted for 3 days.
-various undated entries
Leave Staff @ 10.10 for L’pl. Bracken, Sybil, Fred & Jack see me off. Arr. L/pl 11.40 am. Leave L’pl for Staff 2 pm. Change Crewe. Leave Crewe 3.20. Arr. Staff 4.5. Leave Stafford 4.20. Arr. Nuneaton 5.45.
Leave Nuneaton 5.20. Arr. Leicester 7.10 pm. To Aunts. She is [A1]. To Opera with Elsie & Nancy. Stay at Aunts all night.
To London at 9.44 am. Arrive London 12.25. Take tube (Metropolitan) for Victoria. Arr. 12.50. Train for Seaford via Lewes goes @ 1.30. Arr. Seaford 4.15. Give in pass 5 hours late but ‘tis alright.
Put in pass yesterday for 3 days. It was thrown out. I see Col. Rogers & he grants one. A/CSM Sprais of Bde. Ord. room keeps back my pass for spite on a/c of overruling him.
Leave Seaford @ 2.15 pm for London & L’pool. Arr. London 4.30. Take train for Stafford 5.20 pm (first stop Stafford). Arr. Staff 7.50. Also a train leaves London 5.30 for Liverpool.
Meet Mrs. Dovey, Miss Sybil and son. They have come to Stafford from London to escape air raids.
*A/CSM: Acting Company Sergeant Major
To a smoker given by Officers, WO’s & NCOs of the Canadian Commd. To original members of the 1st Contingent. I attend. Very noisy. Cigarettes, beer and bread & cheese. Canadian Machine Gun Band in attendance. Bde. Com. Garrett made speech.
Capt. Carr PPCLI gets urgent notice & railway transportation for west Sandling to be attached to a mapping school there. I write Capt. MacDonald with a view to obtaining a new position. Answers referring me to 5th Div. Later, thro’ his medium I go too.
Major Geo. Paterson gets notice “Mapping & Topography School will be closed absent of work”.