• Tobruk diaries: To Cairo and beyond

    Monday 14 November 2011 by Carlie Walker. 3 comments

    Bryant’s diary:  Friday 14th November 1941     Despite a slow and tiring train trip we arrived in Cairo at 2 in the afternoon.  Ted Taylor and I got into some strife with some Kiwis and were done over properly.  We were badly outnumbered and I finished up with a couple of black eyes and a busted lip. Cosgriff’s diary:  Friday 14 November 1941  Keeping up the early morning rising.  Salter sick with s-fly fever – moaning …

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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: Yarns and larrikins

    Monday 29 August 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Bryant’s Diary:  Friday 29th August 1941 Copped two days leave to Jerusalem.  Left camp at 2pm and arrived at 4.30 pm.  Good going. Cosgriff’s Diary:  Friday 29th August 1941 Flares again last night and some falling ack-ack shrap.  Missa pro defunctis.  Gardy still very volute with diarrhoea.  Received Woman’s Weekly from Borromeo with story of the Tubb family...pope on a trip to Australia.  Polish doctor – Tronson and …

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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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