Tobruk Diaries: Doing our jobs...
Cosgriff's Diary: Friday 7th February 1941
Fallen soldiers. Letters from Aileen, Elsa, home (2), Dr Pascal. Tom missed out on mail – sent cable. Pay day 13 pounds short. Alex this arvo with Len. Bath in Errington’s bath-room. Met Sam Johnston at Windsor Hotel. Found whereabouts of Owen Steele. Coffee with Campbell and Honils. Home at 12:30.
Bryant's Diary: Saturday 8th February 1941
Appointed a Bren instructor for a fortnight to 2/15th Bn. The squad members are keen and should do all right.
Cosgriff's Diary: Saturday 8th February 1941
Alarm hopeless. Mass at 7:30. Steele here and with him all adj at 2/9th. Churchill,... O’Connor and Surn back from Derna. Our future uncertain but not operating here. Arranged Masses here and staging – hope I get some. No more office. Plenty to do – but no conveyance. Wrote to Aileen and expect never to hear from her again.
Bryant's Diary: Sunday 9th February 1941
Went up to the A.G.H. today and saw Wal Legge, the first Mudgee casualty in this war. Wal is in the 2/4th Bn and received shell shock at Tobruk but only his ears were affected. He is O.K. now and expects to be out of hospital in a day or so. Also saw Ted Taylor. Nothing else happened.
Bryant's Diary: Monday 10th February 1941
Kept instructing Bren all day at the 2/15th Bn. It was as cold as hell.
Cosgriff's Diary: Monday 10th February 1941
Mass at S. Catharina. Breakfast – steak and eggs. New watch protection. Lunch at Union Club with Len. Bath in matron’s room. Ackland and Horan had breakfast on train to Alex – jam sands and cake. Mary held Tom’s hand in sympathy of no letters. Benediction at S. Catherina. People reciting prayers and singing Pangi in latin. Handsome youth at book-shop – nun speaking French – two bots of altar wine. – Rudd loaned us his car – home 11:30 slept most of way – letter from J. McGlynn. Horan saw... French navy. – Saw Adam Johnston again. Best day so far – Mass at St. Saluna altar.
Bryant's Diary: Tuesday 11th February 1941
Tom Dinnen sent to hospital yesterday. Nothing else happened.
Cosgriff's Diary: Tuesday 11th February 1941
Missa in Tempore Belli [Mass in Time of War]. Jack Chambers has mumbs. Rothstadt – probably malaria. John Devine to go with C.C.S. Doctors visiting hospitals in Alex.
Bryant's Diary: Wednesday 12th February 1941
Nothing happened today.
Cosgriff's Diary: Wednesday 12th February 1941
Pino Defunctis [For the dead]. All thrill alarms failing no function now and we always sleep in. Nurse went to see Kantara today. Put up tent for batmen. Shifted into new mess. John Devine – pretty homesick left at 10 pm. Rudd under orders to go too. Marsh’s lid’s pinched by Gyppos making box.
Bryant's Diary: Thursday 13th February 1941
Jack Wilson returned from 28 days in Jerusalem jail. He had a pretty rough time. Reg Tait went to hospital again. That makes 3 out of the section in hospital now.
Cosgriff's Diary: Thursday 13th February 1941
Pro pace [For Peace]. No mail for days. Tim McCarthy in Alex. To Alex after paying Men. Wally Condar and Rouelands of H.M.S “Perth”. Meet Tim and Steele. Driver’s name – Gerrard from Canberra. Home early with Horan. Boys stayed late and visited Mary’s home at 3:45 am. Wrote to Dave, Elsa, Tooze and Doyle kids.