30 July 1915; Friday

Up at 5.30. Nearly late for first parade. Paraded 3 times before dinner. Met Roscoe† when the quartermaster came along with a lot more chaps. Received pay in the afternoon, 3/-, and finished early. Went over to the Soldiers’ Home last thing. Received 3/-­1 pay.

  1. 3 shillings = 15p; about £15 in 2015. For comparison, basic pay for a National Service private in 1952 was 4/-­ a day; about £40/week in 2015.