Sunday 30th January 1848 Major Charles A Young

A mild day and rained a little.  The frost quite gone.  Rose at 9, breakfasted at 10 and I was at home reading and writing till 1 when I went down to Newsroom to see the papers and afterwards walked up the St Johns Road etc and I was not back home until 5.30.  MA and I dined at 6, had tea at 7 and I read out to MA until we went to bed at 10.30.


J.O.M Ashley January 30th-31st 1919

1919 Thursday 30th January


Cold and windy with occasional showers.

Hard and fast hockey match in the afternoon on the “Ripe”.

Further paragraph with notes on bank balance not included here.

1919 Friday 31st January


Very cold and frosty.

Mixed shorts between all ranks of 536 and 541 SB’s had been arranged for this afternoon; but are cancelled owing to the weather.  Instead work off tug-of-war and six-a-side football competitions.

January 28th-29th 1919 John O. M. Ashley

1919 Tuesday 28th January


Shift my quarters over to Bricktown – which turns out most unpleasantly uncomfortable and cold!

Report to Co. T. R. Phillips ?CMG? R.A. my Brigade Commander and am instructed to take over charge of 536 Siege Battery.

1919 Wednesday 29th January


Major and Mrs. Stevens give a most enjoyable dance in the Tin Town Sergeants Mess – 8.30pm to 1.30am.


J. O. M. Ashley 1919 Diary January 24th-27th

Friday 24th January 1919

Salisbury – London

Last day of the BC’s course and a very fine one too.  All the ?Busses? etc rush home and all succeed in catching the 2.40pm train from Salisbury.

Spend the night with the E. go to the Empress Rooms after dinner.

Saturday 25th January 1919

London – Teddington

Return home in the afternoon.

Sunday 26th January 1919


Go up to dinner with the E. and forget what time the last Richmond train leaves Earl’s Court consequently.

Monday 27th January 1919

Teddington – Lydd

Catch 1am train from Waterloo – the one train of the day that does not stop at Hampton Wick!

Pack etc and go up to Waterloo on the return journey to Lydd at 2.40.  This time succeed in catching the 4.30 from Charing X with 3/4 hr. to spare.

Arrive at my destination on a very unpleasant evening, blowing and raining hard: but am cheered by being told to go to the RA and RE Mess.  The best in the camp and established since the eighteen eighties.