Thursday, January 30, 2014

World War 1 Diary - January

Throughout 2014 we will be tweeting entries from a World War 1 soldier’s 1918 diary.  You can follow George Kellett’s diary entries on Twitter @WW1_Diary.
We will also post the full month’s diary entries on this blog.

For some background information about George Kellett please see our previous blog: WW1 Diary blog, December 2013
1 January 1918

Had a good tea and concert in the ward tonight. Had a big convoy in today.

7 January 1918

Got a letter from home today with a birthday card enclosed.

8 January 1918
I received a Birthday card from Alice and Mary today.  With a 3/6 Postal Order enclosed from Alice and her mother.
9 January 1918

Received a letter from Pam with a 2/6 PO for a birthday present

10 January 1918
Received a letter from Ada and Millie with a Birthday card from Dorothy and a letter which her mother had helped her to write
Ada was George's sister.  Her daughter Dorothy is pictured here.
14 January 1918
Marked out for the con camp today. Have been in Hospital since Nov 30th 17 so I have had a good spell here
15 January 1918
I with Paddy Morrison drew own kakki today. Sister White came in the ward this morning and gave us ½ doz post cards of the ward and patients
This photo was provided by George's family.  It may show the ward that George mentions in his diary.

16 January 1918
Got to the con camp this morning gave in our pay books so that we can be paid tomorrow
17 January 1918
Got to the con camp this morning in time for breakfast after a good lecture by the RSM got the large amount  of 5/- For pay today.
Started work for RSM Phillips today.
20 January 1918
Working until dinner time today at the YMCA hut. In the evening I went to the service
This is the YMCA hut at Le Treport (For an interesting article on the formation and role of the YMCA huts and the story of a female YMCA volunteer see: YMCA info)

24 January 1918
I got my name put down on the roll to be paid with the staff  men which allows me to draw 10/- a week. I received a registered letter from father today with a 5/- postal order enclosed.
George Kellett's father, Moses Kellett
27 January 1918
Went to the service again tonight with Paddy Morrison and Sergt. Knife we had a very nice evening together
30 January 1918
Paddy and I went to Le Treport and ? tonight we had a good night out . We went to no 27 there just for a bit of sport


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