J. Ashley’s diary 1919 January 18th-23rd

Saturday 18th January 1919


In evening go with Frank, DL and PB to the Empress Rooms.

Sunday 19th January 1919

Teddington – Salisbury

Return to duty by the 7.15 pm from Waterloo

Monday 20th January 1919


Tuesday 21st January 1919


Go out to a dance in Salisbury, dining first with the Malets at the Crown Hotel.

After some difficulty succeed in getting back into the Red Lion about 2.30 am!

Wednesday 22nd January 1919


Thursday 23rd January 1919



J. Ashley’s Diary 1919 January 13th-17th

January 13th 1919, Monday


Our daily duties for the next fortnight consist of a trip out to Chapperton Down in very comfortable exhaust-heated motor ambulances, door to door hours 8.45 to 5pm.  Then a lecture every evening at 5.30pm.

January 14th 1919, Tuesday


January 15th 1919, Wednesday


January 16th 1919, Thursday


January 17th 1919,

Salisbury – Teddington

Catch 4.20 pm from Salisbury arriving home just late for dinner!

J. Ashley’s diary 1919 January 2nd-9th

January 2nd 1919, Thursday


January 3rd 1919, Friday


January 4th 1919, Saturday


Cold windy and wet.  Play hockey in the afternoon on the village green – quite a good game, and a change to have some violent exercise.  Visit The Proctor’s after dinner.

January 5th 1919, Sunday


January 6th 1919, Monday


January 7th 1919, Tuesday


January 8th 1919, Wednesday


January 9th 1919, Thursday


As usual wet and windy.  Course goes out in motor lorries for a scheme near Ham Street.  The most notable incident was the dive of a lorry (in which I, a couple of bicycles, and half a dozen other officers were) into a deep ditch – for no reason whatsoever.  Result no injuries – but a fearful mix up inside the lorry!

Exhibition Recipes Book – Fruit Cake

This recipe comes from a small red receipt/accounts style notebook that I found marked with the handwritten title EXHIBITION RECIPES.  I presume this belonged to someone who baked for village fetes, the WI and the like.  The first recipe is for

“Exhibition Fruit Cake”

Whisk to half Sponge

2lbs Eggs

1lb 7ozs Castor

11ozs Butter

10.5ozs Fat

1lb 5.5ozs Flour

0.5oz Salt

4ozs Ground Almonds


7.5ozs Flour

Heavy Fruit

3.5 lbs Fruit

Light Fruit

2.25 lbs Fruit

I hardly ever cook/bake and don’t like fruit cake so I haven’t tried this myself but if anyone makes it please let me know if it tastes good 🙂