Sandwich Golf House was very long and tedious and after the mornings labours we were glad to get some tea which was waiting for us. We met all our good Sergeants again, Marshall, Annesley, Kavanagh etc., – a pleasant change after “plumber” Wilcox and we soon bedded down on the wood floor on our great coats. I was with the two Robbies (brothers) and we got along well together.
Friday Nov 20th. Bitterly cold day.
We had to run 50 yds. to a tap on the sand hills to wash ourselves and this was a brave effort attempted by some but left alone by the majority for the cold was intense. Breakfast, coldish bacon, and muggy tea or coffee (as the fancy prompted you to call it) à la Croydon – but what a different appetite I had now to what I had in the Railway days. A little musketry exercise with Sergt. Marshall who is,