5 October 1914; Monday

This is a guest post from the diary of Leading Seaman Arthur Hawes.

On going on deck found we were off the coast of France & also discovered that our troop ship was guarded on either side by a British destroyer. We were met outside Dunkirk harbour by a French destroyer & then piloted in. Arrived along side at about 10 o/c & finally landed in the afternoon. After being served out with some grub & also ammunition we found we were off to Antwerp. We spent some hours on the quay amusing ourselves with the French people who came to have a look at us. About 9 o/c got in our train & travelled all night in darkness, as we did not know but what our train would be attacked.