Hughes Diary 1916
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Collection Hughes
Date 1916
Abstract James Herbert Yelverton Hughes's small green fabric covered diary, from 30 December 1915 with the last entry on 18 September 1916, along with various notes and addresses as well as diary entries.
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Transcription of diary made by Jillian Johnson [MHS office assistant] August 2014. Some changes to transcription made by Registrar, Jenny Pierson:

To my mother -
Mrs James Hughes
Canvastown
Marlborough
N.Z.

Bert Hughes

POCKET DIARY
MCMXVI

Name 6/1881 Hughes
Address 12th Company
C.I.B. N.Z.


IN THE EVENT OF THIS DIARY BEING LOST KINDLY RETURN TO ABOVE ADDRESS

Charles Letts & Co.
DIARISTS & MANUFACTURERS, LONDON

MEMORANDA
1st C.I.B. [Canterbury Infantry Battalion]
12 Dec [1916] 11 Platoon 12 Coy

Pte Hughes J H Y
" Roberts I
" Wainwright
" McBeath
" Arnos
" Park
" Hale
" McIelan
" Glover W
20/7/16 [20 July 1916]

MEMORANDA
H Y D L D Hacks Mules
14 lbs oats 12 ' 12 ' 12
______________
Hay 8 lbs per head

MEMORANDA
Oats hay
18th - 6 = 480 lbs 8
19" - 7 = 560 " 4 small
20" - 6 = 480 3 "
21" - 7 = 560 4 "
22nd 6 =480 3 "

MEMORANDA
Dixies
Dix
54 = 80 lbs. 1 = 1 lbs

30.12.15
Left Weymouth at 11 pm last night, arrived at Devonport 4 am today only to find another muddle; no room on the transport we were to go on, so we have gone to camp 2 miles out. One needs the patience of Job in the army.

31/12/15
Leave from 2.30 to 11.40 pm. Went to Plymouth. Blowing a gale.

January 2 Sun
Raining.

Went to Budeaux church, where Drake was married. The church was besieged several times by Cromwell.

January 6th
Route march through little valley with acres of strawberrys

January 7 Fri
I like Plymouth & surrounding country.

January 8 Sat
Downs, low hills & little valleys which must be very pretty in the summer.

January 9 Sun
One man developed diphtheria. Rest of the hut isolated.

January 10 Mon
20 occupants of our hut . Twenty odd received hypodermic injection - Aute(?) toxin

January 15 Sat
Left for our base at Hornchurch, Essex.

January 17 Mon
New camp seems to be a good home. Got 14 letters.

February 13 Sun
4 times round the Olympic's promenade deck = 1 mile. She's some ship. Eh?

February 16 Wed
Left Hornchurch. Embarked on Olympic at Southampton.

February 17th
Sailed 10 pm. The Olympic is a White Star boat about 45,000 tons

February 18 Fri
About 6,000 troops aboard. Big wind, not much sea. Cloudy & foggy.

February 19 Sat
Went through Gibraltar about 10 or 12 pm. Britannic hospital boat, largest ship on the sea. Alongside us at Southampton.

February 20 Sun
Sports. Won our heat (Canterbury) in tug of war.

February 21 Mon
Morning smooth leaden sea; brighter afterwards.

February 22 Tues
Second round in tug of war, won again. Cool breeze. Fine day.

February 23 Wed
Maoris won final tug of war. 8.30 pm submarine scare. Fine day.

February 24th
Arrived Lemnos 11 pm

February 25 Fri
Transhipped to Ivernia

February 26 Sat
Left Lemnos at 7 am. Submarine periscope on port bow 800 yds. Our guns fired 3 shots when it dived.

February 27 Sun
Fine day

February 28 Mon
Arrived Alexandria harbour 7 am

February 29 Tues
Entrained 8.15 pm. Left 9.45.

March 1 Wed
Arrived Ismailia camp 6 am

March 3 Fri
Big day in the desert

March 5 Sun
Shifted across canal to Ferry Post East camp. About 4 miles. Parts of Ismailia very pretty.

March 6 Mon
Very hot. Bathe in canal.

March 12 Sun
Wrote Aunt Bing & Mrs A & Robert.

March 19 Sun
Rained 2 to 4 am

March 23th
Went back to Mouraska camp from Ferry Post East

March 25 Sat
Visited Ismailia

March 26 Sun
Church Parade & address by General Birdwood.

April 3 Mon
Review of N.Z. Division by General Murray.

April 5 Wed
Left Ismailia 6.30 pm. Embarked at Port Said 10 pm

April 6th
Aboard the Franconia, Cunard liner, about 16000 tons

April 10 Mon
Passed Malta in the morning

April 11 Tue
Passed Sardinia & Corsica

April 12 Wed
Blew a gale. In Marseilles anchorage 7 am

April 13 Th
Went to docks. Entrained 2.30 pm. Now 9.45. Passed Miramas & Avignon.

April 14 Fri
Still travelling. Passed Lyons.

April 15 Sat
Arrived at destination 9 pm. 55 hour journey. Very pretty & interesting trip.

April 16 Sun
Church parade 1.30 pm

May 9 Tues
Shifted from Morbeque to Estairs. 10 miles.

May 12 Fri
Marched Estairs to Armentieres. 7 to 12 pm

May 13 Sat
Armentieres is well knocked about by shells & bullets. Light rain.

May 20 Sat
Shifted to reserve trenches.

May 21 Sun
Plenty shells overhead.

May 22 Mon
10 platoon 'bivvy' blown in 7 men wounded, none dangerously

May 23 Tue
One has since died

May 24 Wed
Moved up to supports

May 28 Sun
Moved back to billets. Only 10 or 12 casualties while in trenches.

May 29 Mon
6pm Germans shell town round our billets. Probably 20 casualties.

June 1 th
Observation balloon breaks loose. Thrilling descent of observers via parachute

June 6 Tues
Bombardment by Australian artillery.

June 8 th
Baths

June 9 Fri
Went out to trenches

June 10 Sat
Dodging 'minewurfurs' & other smaller bombs. Wet.

June 11 Sun
Bombs & shells flying. Wet & muddy.

June 12 Mon
60lb bomb duel. Trying ordeals these affairs. More rain & mud.

June 13 Tues
R. Brownlee wounded. More bomb duels. More rain & mud.

June 14 Wed
More rain, more mud & perhaps bombs to follow. R. Brownlee died.

June 15th
Back to supports. Plenty shells. No rain. Cloudy.

June 16 Fri
Cloudy. Good many shells flying.

June 17 Sat
hour bombardment at midnight - unpleasant very, hot & schrapnel bursting alround for that time. 1 killed several wounded - 12th Coy

June 18 Sun
Bombardments

June 19 Mon
Bomb duels

June 20 Tues
Shifted to subsidiary supports. Night fatigue.

June 21 Wed
Night fatigue.

June 22 th
Bombardment at night. Night fatigue

June 23 Fri
Thunderstorm

June 27 Tues
Back to billets pm

June 28 Wed
Raining

June 29th
Baths.

July 3 Mon
Trenches again. Supports

July 9 Sun
Front line.

July 12 Wed
Since being in this time, we have had the worst times I have ever had.

July 15 Sat
Back subsidiary supports. Continual nerve racking artillery duels. Many casualties, it is a wonder any of us are alive & sane. I suppose it will continue until we move back.

July 21 Fri
Supports. Quiet

July 22 Sat
Quiet

July 23 Sun
Cloudy

July 27th
Front line.

July 28 Fri
Warmest day so far. 6 letters.

July 29 Sat
Warm not to say hot

July 30 Sun
Into to Mushroom

July 31 Mon
Warm

August 1 Tues
Hot

August 2 Wed
Warm

August 10th
34 years of age to day. In subsidiary trenches.

August 13 Sun
Left subsid-trenches. Sciatica. Went to No.1 N.Z. Field ambulance station & on to No.8 clearing station.

August 14 Mon
Left No.8 (Ballieul). Journeyed by train through lovely country to 35 Gen Hospital.

August 15 Tues
Some splendid specimens of young Drs here. A big Scotch man in our ward.

August 24th
Left 35th General for base at Etaples.

August 25 Fri
Got light duties until 31st

September 4 Mon
Left Etaples & went to Con camp near Cayeaux

September 18 Mon
Returned to Etaples.

Wed 19th for 3 days. Head.

For Dad. Uncle John. Myrtle.
Brownie.

Object ID 2013.031.0002
Object Name Diary
People Hughes, James Herbert Yelverton (Bert)
Hughes, Sydney Amy (nee Severne)
Severne, Sydney Amy (later Hughes)
Roberts, I.
Wainwright
McBeath
Arnos
Park
Hale
McIelan
Glover, W.
Birdwood, William (Sir) (General)
Murray, General
Brownlee, Robert (Junior)
Hughes, James
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