Received orders to go with Sergeant King and party to the hospital to stay. Paraded at 10.30. Arrived shortly before dinner. Got dinner and room to sleep in with Corporal Greenway. Got on all right. Out at night and wrote some letters.
At hospital in the morning. Pretty quiet all day. Wrote letters at night.
At hospital in the morning. On stable picket at night and slept in guard room.
At church parade in the morning. Received long letter from Joe telling of all the doings in the business and that Mrs Hewitt† has taken over the business and we have kept the house.
Charlie leaves Hitchin for Dardanelles.
Reveille at 6 o’clock instead of 5.30. Field Day1. We were shown how to put up a tent, and how to go out in stretcher parties, etcetera. Went into the town in the afternoon with Quinn and a chap called Crossland and had tea at Lyons’ café2. Went to Victoria Hall with Gurney, Quinn and Crossland and had a good time. Wet night. Received letter from Charlie to say he was going to start from Hitchin tomorrow night at 9 o’clock3.
J. Lyons & Co., the same company as also famously imported tea, had a large and very successful nationwide chain of cafés. There would have been a Lyons’ café in most large towns at this time. Interestingly, though irrelevantly, Lyons was also the first company anywhere to incorporate computers into its business operations, which it did in the early 1950s. Lyons’ computing efforts were so successful that its computer business was later spun off, eventually forming part of ICL, now owned by Fujitsu. ↩
At hospital in the morning. Lieutenant Shanks. In the town last thing and called at the Wesleyan Room later. Had supper at Soldiers’ Home later. Called in * reading room.
At hospital as usual. In the X Ray Room. It was most interesting, we saw a man’s broken arm, a broken elbow, and a bullet lodged in the chest, and Lieutenant Jones’ wrist. Read a bit at night. Lieutenant Jones with us.
At hospital again, with Lieutenant Jones. Route march in the afternoon, about 10 miles. Enjoyed it. Got back something after 6 o’clock. Went to Inwoods’ at night and played the piano. Didn’t leave until late.
A parade as usual. Took larger party of 50 men to Wharncliffe Hospital with an officer, Lieutenant Fitzgerald.