• Tobruk diaries: All about Bryant

    Monday 21 November 2011 by Carlie Walker. 1 comments

    Bryant’s diary:  Friday 21st November 1941 The train left Cairo in the morning for Kantara.  We arrived at mid-day but the train doesn’t leave until 9 o’clock tonight, so I paid a visit to the hospital and looked up some of our friends.  Our officer in charge of the leave party worked his head and convinced the R.T.O. that there was not enough room and we have to stay at the staging camp for a few days.  This means a visit to …

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  • Tobruk diaries: No easy job

    Monday 31 October 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Bryant’s diary:  Friday 31st October 1941    The Colonel inspected us and was anything but complimentary and didn’t even mention our job in Tobruk.  A big draft of reinforcements and enlist men arrived in the afternoon and amongst them was Ted Taylor.  That makes 3 corporals for the section. Bryant’s diary:  Saturday 1st November 1941     Just a usual day of organised mucking around. Bryant’s diary:  Sunday 2nd …

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  • Tobruk diaries: Back to Tobruk...

    Monday 19 September 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Cosgriff’s diary:  Friday 19th September 1941 Another perfect night... Good round this morning.  Eyetie patient very violent...Air warfare at a stand-still due to dust I think... C.O. wanting to know why I want uniform allowance.  Gillespie here today.  Steele told him all about Conlon.  Len had a parcel of Crown A’s today – still fresh from Australia.  Boys intrigued to know when we are going out but no sign this month.  …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Going to the Chapel...

    Monday 15 August 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Cosgriff’s Diary:  Friday 15th August 1941 Raids lasted 90 mins and bombs near ward 12.  Missa assumpta [Mass of the Assumption] – big crowd here.  Eyetie chaplain gone but only one turned up for Mass today out of seventeen.  Steele in today and offered me leave for a fortnight.  Went and retrieved altar-stores from the Church.   Good radio description of Tobruk by reporter for “Times”... Peter Gleeson’s holiday …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: At work and play...

    Monday 25 July 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Bryant’s Diary:  Friday 25th July 1941 A patient arrived from the 64th General Hospital (English) to share my room... Another convoy arrived from Tobruk in the afternoon.  There were a lot of walking cases. Cosgriff’s Diary:  Friday 25th July 1941 Arose at 6:30 and Crouch drove me in for Mass.  He thought this was like a hotel.  Missa pro Defunctis [Mass for the Dead].  Casualties from 32nd who failed to get prisoners... But …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Illness, Moans and Mutiny

    Monday 28 February 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    For information on the locations mentioned in this blog entry, see the Eastern Mediterranean map in chapter 1, page 5 of the Second War official histories: /cms_images/histories/19/chapters/01.pdf Bryant’s Diary: Friday 28th February 1941 We travelled all last night and arrived at East Kantara this morning where we had breakfast.  We crossed the Suez Canal and boarded a train.  We travelled all day for Mersa Matruh.  At a railway …

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