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“Went with L. Dale to Dawson’s + bought a lot of things for soldiers’ parcels.”

Entry dated Friday November 9th 1917. Diary of Alfred Osten Walker [LUL MS 9]

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“More terrible news for you! While spending those few days in shell holes, I developed a passion for the army issue of rum. The conditions were so cold and wretched and the entertainment so poor, that rum certainly engenders a little warmth. So I used quite to look forward to the form of an officer with a rum jar looming out of the darkness, though I could not swallow the stuff under ordinary circumstances. As a matter of fact, though the rum feels warm when trickling down the throat, its genuine warming properties do not compare with those of a cup of hot tea, even to one like myself to whom spirits are a new joy.”

Entry dated November 9th, 1917, War Diary 1917 – 1919, by Aleyn Lyell Reade [ALR. A. 1. 2].

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“News of last few days confirms that Germans and Austrians have completely routed the [Valiais]? forces and are marching down Venezia. They claim to have captured 200,000 men and 1,000 guns.”

Entry dated Saturday 3rd November 1917, Diary of John Glasier [GP/2/1/24].

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“We are still in our muddy camp: it was raining all morning while we were on parade. It is fair now, after dinner, but the weather is very unsettled. However, it is not so very cold, and a crowded bell tent is quite warm at night.”

Entry dated Oct. 23 1917, War Diary 1917 – 1919 by A. L. Reade [ALR. A. 1. 2].

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“Mrs B. called again to tell me that 2 bombs had been dropped close to… Milgate, last night. Heard the reports about 10.30 last night followed by a 3rd one which shook the house (probably in the fields somewhere.. One bomb fell rather near Clifford Farmer’s house in Leeds).”

Entry dated Saturday October 20th 1917. Diary of Alfred Osten Walker [LUL MS 9].

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“Went to London by 10:50 arriving at the R.A about 1.15. After lunch walked with H. to see some homes in S. Eaton Place that had been damaged by a bomb in one of the recent raids… fine but cold.”

Entry dated Tuesday October 9th. Diary of Alfred Osten Walker [LUL MS 9]

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October 1917
Goods Received                                  Goods Distributed
12 Doz. Face Cloths                             10 Doz to Casualty Clearing stn. B.E.F
” ” Tooth Brushes                                   6 ” ” ” ”
4 ” Hair Combs                                      To Comrades Assn.
2 ” Packages Calox                               ” ”
2 ” Hot Water Bottles                             Casualty Clearing stn. B.E.F
1 1/2 Bath Gowns                                  ” ”

Items donated by the wives of active servicemen aboard Cunard ships to be distributed to the indicated areas. From the Cunard Archive [Cunard Women’s War Service Association Report for 1917, D42/C1/1/22/2].

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“This is Katherine’s birthday and she begins her 50th year… Never was there a younger woman at 50 years: and tis’ all because her heart is good and there is no hardness or hardening in it.”

Entry dated Tuesday 25th September 1917 regarding Katherine Glasier, John Glasier’s wife. Diary of John Glasier [GP/2/1/24].

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September 1917
Goods Received                                  Goods Distributed
From Boston per Mr Stewart
Playing Cards                                        To No. 57 General Hospital B
Books                                                     To Comrades Association
Games                                                    ” Y.M.C.A Camp B.E.F

Items donated by the wives of active servicemen aboard Cunard ships to be distributed to the indicated areas. From the Cunard Archive [Cunard Women’s War Service Association Report for 1917, D42/C1/1/22/2].