Sunday, September 10, 2006


Faces on a Train

This is obviously in UK somewhere, but not a clue what might be happening. Is this 'the boys' leaving the Codford Camp to start their journeys home to Australia? Or are they just off on an outing somewhere. Can't ask Jack - he's been gone for 21 years!

Anyhow, at least one of them looks quite pleased to be going wherever the train is taking them.

Friday, September 08, 2006


Ivanhoe Hotel

Although there is no date on this receipt, I am guessing that this is the same Ivanhoe Hotel mentioned in the first entry in Jack's Diary, Thursday August 8th 1918 which "... dawned rather wet and dull much to the disappointment of the occupant of room No646." However, the room number on the receipt is 615, so maybe it was from another visit.

I suppose that keeping the receipt was a way of remembering his most enjoyable leave with the Dyer family in Pinner. Or maybe he was just a 'bower bird' and kept things like this - I do, too.

Monday, September 04, 2006


Photographer's Receipt

I told you that Jack kept all sorts of little things. This is a prime example - a receipt dated 30/8/1918 for the printing of 12 postcards.

I also have a book of postcards of Le Crotoy, intact and in fairly good condition. Quite a pretty little town.

I believe that the scribble on bottom of this photograph says "Le Crotoy Hotel Marine"


Adelaide 1919

I can only guess that this came to Jack from his army friend Clement Till, who took up teaching after returning from the war. Either that, or the SS Wiltshire that brought Jack home called in to Adelaide (because a lot of the 43 Btn boys were from South Australia). Jack and 'Tillie' kept in touch, and I can remember Grandad going to South Australia to visit his old mate on at least one occasion in (about) the 1950s or 60s.

You can see some the photos Clem sent over the years at

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