Tobruk Diaries: Preparing to move - Reprimands, Promotions and Confessions
Cosgriff's Diary: Friday 14th February 1941
Pro pace [For peace]. Only Horan and Carroll at Mass. Lecture on Arabic – too hard for me. Tim and Owen here for lunch. Visited McCormack and Ronald. Hours too long at evening meets. Arthur Amies the only one working. Horan filling his torch.
Bryant's Diary: Saturday 15th February 1941
Finished the instruction at the 2/15th Bn.
Cosgriff's Diary: Saturday 15th February 1941
Pino Defunctis [For the dead]. Walked 24 miles arranging Mass for Hampshires, Cheshires, and regs – hot and rag bath after. Lost my identity discs. Tried shorts today but pretty cold. No mail for a week...Alex tonight...
Bryant's Diary: Sunday 16th February 1941
Received a reprimand from Capt Balfe through Bob Proud. He can go to hell. So can the Sgt-Major.
Cosgriff's Diary: Sunday 16th February 1941
Mass at staging and A.G.H. Had to wait for transport. Good crowd at Communion there and plenty of Hampshires here. After Mass to Alex with Tim and Owen Steele. Meet two English priests. Tour in afternoon of water front – 10 miles and environs. Sports Club – Sir P. Sarcoon’s home. – Greek hospital. Tim without a penny in his pay-book. Confession today.
Bryant's Diary: Monday 17th February 1941
Mick Hill was promoted to Cpl. He deserves it. We did a 19 mile route march today and it was hard going because of the pace. I received a chafed crutch. I put some metho on it and nearly jumped through the roof of the tent.
Bryant's Diary: Tuesday 18th February 1941
Spent most of the day preparing for the four-day bivouac which commences tomorrow.
Cosgriff's Diary: Tuesday 18th February 1941
Pro pace [For peace]. Experimenting with Tim’s camera today – photos in bed. Moving to Berd when gear arrives. Rang Jack McCormack – cold still bad gave him invitation from Rowlands. Hampshires went today. Our transport arrived truck and utility. Another mess call this week – 2 pounds pretty hot. Sleep until all hours these mornings.
Bryant's Diary: Wednesday 19th February 1941
Bn marched to Wadi Chariar Gaza and Beersheeba. The weather was pretty hot and our water went just after mid-day meal. When we got there we had to dig in and we were beggared.
Cosgriff's Diary: Wednesday 19th February 1941
Dr Williams. Completed two spools of film – Horan wasting half of it. Harry Furnell here for lunch – interesting on news of battle-front. He - won officer’s Cup... Looks like no more fighting past Benghazi. 8th Div landed in Malaya – probably 7 A.G.H too. Bish. Riley here today.
Bryant's Diary: Thursday 20th February 1941
Went farther on to Wadi Karkur and dug in. Didn’t feel the march so much this time. Just forward of our position is the commencement of some sort if excavation of what appears to be an old hidden city.