1st November, 1918
11th November, 1918
Up at 7 a.m. shaved and had breakfast then got pass and went to Devonport Military Hospital to see dentist. On the way in buzzers, whistles on our ships all started blowing, terrific noise at 9.10 a.m. It was the news come through of signing of Armistice terms by Fritz, great excitement. Saw dentist and had tooth filled and away by 11 a.m. Stayed in Devonport for little while then went on to Plymouth, called in restaurant for dinner and was given glass of port wine and had dinner free. The place a seething mass of people all gone mad. Caught 10.30 p.m. tram and in bed 11 p.m.
Tuesday 12th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and on parade 9.15 a.m., nearly got pinched over my four days cookhouse fatigue that I didn't do. Had roll call and went for route march, back and dismissed 11.30 a.m. when had cup tea with Will in Y.M.C.A. On parade again 2 p.m., roll call then route march and after that a 2nd inocculation against influenza. From what the Major told us on parade, believe we will soon be getting aboard ship. Went into Devonport and wired bank for some money as am broke. Back and went to concert in Y.M.C.A., very good. Into bed 10 p.m.
Wednesday 13th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and on parade 9.30 a.m., roll call and orders then dozen of us sent down to station on fatigue work unloading vegetables from Rly truck into G.S. Wagon. Finished at 12 noon and had dinner, then got pass and went into Plymouth to the Bank but found my money 4 pounds had not arrived so went back to camp for tea as had not enough money to get it in town. Spent a very quiet evening and turned in 9.30 p.m. W. Hill in camp hospital with Tonsilitis.
Thursday 14th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and on parade 9.30 a.m., roll call and then marched into Y.M.C.A. hut and heard lecture by Capt. Thomas Imp. Army on our strategy during the war, it was very intensely interesting and we were sorry when it was over at 12 noon. On parade again at 2 p.m., roll call and then marched to a field near by and watched football match, soon slid off to hut as it was too cold. My money arrived today so after tea went into town and had good feed and a yarn at restaurant and back at camp and to bed 10 p.m.
Friday 15th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and on parade 9.30 a.m., roll call and went for route march till 11 a.m. Will is much better so took him to confectioners near by and we had morning tea and cakes, very nice. On parade again at 2 p.m. and went for route march till 4.30 p.m. when got cleaned and as was feeling very hungry went straight into town and had couple of eggs and some lovely bacon with scones and tea, a bit expensive but was worth it for once. Back to camp and into bed 10 p.m.
Saturday 16th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and on parade 9 a.m., roll call and went for short route march till 10.30 a.m. Had dinner early, 11.45 a.m. and was on parade 12.30 noon and marched to field near by where Y.M.C.A. had arranged some sports. Sports did not prove great success, not enough interest so went back to camp. Wrote letter and after tea went into town and met Will and Austin, had feed again then a walk round, all the shops lit up now. Had fish and chips for supper and at camp and in bed 10 p.m.
Sunday 17th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and had just had breakfast when was warned to be on parade for picquet at 8.45 a.m. Went on parade, had roll call and dismissed till 8.30 p.m. Spent the day in writing letters and keeping warm as it has turned very cold this last few days. Did not leave camp till went on picquet at 8.30 p.m. at tram terminus St. Budeaux. Supposed to stay till 11 p.m. but left at 10 p.m., nothing doing and went to bed.
Monday 18th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and on parade 9 a.m., roll call and then route march round Saltash till 11.15 a.m. when dismissed. Did some washing before dinner, very cold day again. On parade at 2 p.m., roll call and were dismissed at once. Expect to go aboard some time during next three days. Parade at 2 p.m. and dismissed. Will, Mitch and myself set out for town at 4 p.m., lady living near camp stopped us and asked us to tea. Had nice tea, also had a good hot bath then played cards till supper time after which went to camp and into bed 10 p.m. Mrs Daymond, lady's name.
Tuesday 19th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and on parade 9 a.m., roll call and some men picked out for boat. Had lecture from Col. Woods and told all leave from camp stopped, then went for route march. On parade again 2 p.m. and had sham kit inspection, all a farce, just kept hanging round parade ground, evening leave open again. Will, Austin, Mitch and I went to town and had tea, then had a walk round. The others went to supper at friends of Austin's so I went back to restaurant, the people of which are very nice to me, and played whist, had supper and into bed at camp 10.30 p.m.
Wednesday 20th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and on parade 9 a.m., roll call and after standing about for a while were dismissed. Sat reading till dinner time. On parade again at 2 p.m. and after a short lecture from Col. Woods were dismissed to huts while the officers came round and checked the names of all the men. Got shaved and cleaned and went into town and booked seat at Palace Variety Show, went to first house at 6.40 p.m. It was pretty good and I enjoyed it, came out at 8.30 p.m., had supper and went back to camp and in bed 10 p.m.
21st November, 1918
Up at 7 a.m. and had breakfast. Our Co'y for duty, 12 of us warned for guard for next 24 hours. Relieved old guard at 9 a.m. and I took first 2 hours on No. 2 Post. Finished at 11 a.m., had to stay in Guard Room all day and went on for my second shift at 7 p.m., finishing at 9 p.m. and turning in. While doing 7 to 9 p.m. shift on No. 2 Post spent nearly half of it in Y.M.C.A. as there was nothing doing and it was bitterly cold night. Have been put on D.29 Boat Roll today.
Friday 22nd November, 1918
Up at 7 a.m., had breakfast then we cleaned Guard Room out before being relieved at 9 a.m. by fresh guard. Went to our hut and sat round stove talking till dinner time. On parade at 2 p.m., roll call and kept waiting about for an hour then dismissed at 4 p.m. Went into Devonport and had bath at Sailors Rest then went on to Plymouth, had tea and met Will and we went to pictures for couple of hours. Came out, had supper and back to camp and bed by 10.30 p.m.
Saturday 23rd November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and on parade 9.30 a.m., roll call and then sorted and checked on boat rolls. Am on D.29 with Will, told we will be leaving
Monday. Dismissed at 11.30 a.m. and had cup tea at Y.M.C.A. No parade this afternoon so wrote some postcards then got cleaned before tea. Met Will and Mitch at 6 p.m. and we went into town to some pictures then had supper and went to station to catch 10.5 p.m. train, could not get on it as it was packed so got 10.30 p.m. and got to camp and into bed 11.15 p.m.
Sunday 24th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and had breakfast, raining very hard so did not have a parade. Told unofficially that our boat, D.29 is cancelled. Had letter from Peggy saying going aboard today. Miserable wet all day till 6 p.m. when saw Will and Mitch and we went into town. Will and Mitch went to some friends and I went to a restaurant where the people were very nice to me and sat talking when met Will and we caught 9.30 p.m. to camp.
Monday 25th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m., not going aboard as we thought. Our Co'y for duty, was given job on mail fatigue and had to go with mail orderly to Post Office at 9 a.m. to bring back the mails, finished at 10 a.m. On parade 2 p.m., roll call and dismissed, had game of Bridge then got cleaned and Will, Mitch and I walked into Plymouth. Rather a nice night, had tea and cakes at Salv. Army, Devonport. Came home by car at 9 p.m. and into bed at 10 p.m.
Tuesday 26th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and on parade 9.30 a.m., raining again today, roll call and kept hanging about till 10.30 a.m. when dismissed to huts and a record taken of all hut utensils. Had game of bridge till dinner time, getting real fed up with this place. On parade again 2 p.m., roll call and kept hanging about again, then dismissed and had cup of tea in Y.M.C.A. After tea went into town with Will, had walk round and back and in bed 9.30 p.m.
Wednesday 27th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and on parade 9.30 a.m., roll call and route march till 11.15 a.m., dinner 12.30 noon. On parade again at 2 p.m. and another route march till 3.45 p.m. Weather very damp and getting cold. After tea went into town, had a feed and then went into some pictures for couple of hours, returning to camp by 10.5 p.m. train and into bed by 10.30 p.m. Getting awfully monotonous.
Thursday 28th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and on parade 9.30 a.m. My 28th birthday today. Kept hanging about on muddy parade ground till nearly 11 a.m. then dismissed. Same thing again on 2 p.m. parade. After tea Will, Mitch and I went into town, had a look at some pictures then had supper in honour of my birthday, rolls and coffee, very elaborate indeed, but cash not too plentiful. Back to camp and into bed 10.30 p.m.
Friday 29th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and on parade 9.30 a.m. Our Co'y for duty, was detailed off for town picquet so wrote letter to Dais. this morning. Went on picquet at tram terminus at 12.30 noon and relieved about 4 p.m. Caught car into Devonport and had bath then had tea at Salv. Army after which had hair cut and went to some pictures. Came out, caught tram to St. Budeaux and into bed at 10 p.m.
Saturday 30th November, 1918
Up at 7.30 a.m. and on parade 9.30 a.m., roll call and route march till 11.15 a.m. Had cup of tea and sandwich at Y.M.C.A. Half holiday this afternoon so wrote letter home. After tea went into town and met Will, afterwards met some friends and was invited to supper at Torpoint at house of retired merchant service Capt. Spent very pleasant and quiet evening, invited to dinner tomorrow. Home at camp and in bed 11 p.m. Torpoint is on other side of river Tamar and is in Cornwall.