J. O. M. Ashley diary entry February 15th – 18th 1919

Saturday 15th February 1919

Lydd – Earls Court

Catch 9.17am from Lydd which gets me home to Teddington just after lunch.  Pick up my Blues, proceed to Redcliffe Square and enjoy another very good evening at the Empress Rooms.

Sunday 16th February 1919

Earls Court

A pleasant placid day, including going to a concert at the Albert Hall.

Monday 17th February 1919

Earls Court – Lydd

Return home to get rid of my blues and go again to the Empress Rooms at 4pm for another couple of hours dancing before leaving with a great rush for Lydd by the 7.15pm.

Wet of course.

Tuesday 18th February 1919



Am delighted to be asked to exercise Col. Phillips new charger – which turns out a jolly good mount.  Take him down to the sea to-day; but he seems to have exercised me more than I him!

J. O. M. Ashley 4th February – 8th February 1919

Finally found where I had safely stored this treasure so I can share some entries and perhaps in a little while get close enough to the right date to try and post a daily entry (no promises  as I have been unable to find enough time for everything I’d like to do before!)

Tuesday 4th February 1919


The following letter received from the W.O.

Since this is a direct copy of an official communication I am not typing it all up here but Captain Ashley is informed he has been noted for duty at Gibraltar or Malta when opportunity arises.

Wednesday 5th February 1919


Once again at Bevan’s invitation go round to quest night at the RAF mess.

This afternoon in the middle of a violent snowstorm, a sea-plane landed off the coast beyond the ranges.  The occupants escaped but the machine badly damaged was not salved till next day.

Thursday 6th February 1919


A return visit – Bevan RAF dines with me at the RA&RE Mess – a bridge evening for a change.

Friday 7th February 1919


Saturday 8th February 1919


Fine and cold.

Out for a ride on a push-bike after lunch. Visiting Old Romney and Ivychurch.

Ivychurch, a funny little place consisting of half a dozen cottages, possesses a very fine old church.



J O M Ashley February 1st – 3rd 1919

Saturday February 1st 1919


Snow starts, and continues off and on during the day.

On Mrs Eady’s introduction pay call and have tea with the Mayor of Lydd and Miss Finn, at Westbrook House.

Sunday February 2nd 1919


Weather continues beastly and cold.

To 11am service at Lydd Church.  Simple and just what might be expected at such a village church.

Monday February 3rd 1919


Snow continues, so a mixed hockey match arranged for to-day has to be cancelled.

Shift my abode back to No.5 Tin-Town and share the quarter with Capt. Steele of 541 – hence – (?)forto(?) very comfortable.

Holiday journal part two August 3rd 1932 continued

city, with the minster, (?)_(?) the (?)_(?) in the distance.

Briant made better use of his bed. and slept soundly throughout the night.

By 9.30, we were out, and seeking breakfast in the Town, having decided that the hotel breakfast would be too costly.  We found an excellent restaurant – Coffee and for D. & for me. – and then a quick look into the minster before continuing our journey.

We came along well – reaching Durham in time for lunch.  It is a quaint old city, the streets steep and narrow, and a large market square.  The position of the Cathedral is unique: standing as it does almost on the extreme edge of a high cliff with the river running below.

Its pure Nomran work, the strength and size of the pillars – each one with a different pattern or decoration – make it most impressive, and we were fortunate enough to have the sun, shining through the (?)hall(?), giving wonderful lights and shadows.

1932 UK summer holiday journal (part 1)

This journal documents a UK holiday taken in 1932, I’m still getting used to the handwriting so please excuse the blanks and any inaccurate transcriptions.  The journal is filled with postcards and mementos so I’m including a photograph of each page as I feature it here.

Wednesday August 3rd 1932

11.15 am.  Dottie and (?)Brian(?), and (?)E.P.A(?) left Ravenswood in the car, in search of a holiday, in new country.

Our plan was to get to Scotland, if possible, if not Yorkshire perhaps, but in any case, to see something fresh.

So we took the road, through Windsor to Cambridge.  Lunching from the picnic basket, a few miles from Cambridge we pushed along, through Huntingdon, Newark, Grantham and Doncaster reaching York at 8.15.

Stayed the night at the Station Hotel.  A very large and pretentious place, and proportionately costly.

Dottie and I shared a bedroom, most comfortable – but tired as we were, sleep was impossible to either of us, – being as we were, un-used to the noise of trains.

At 3am we got up and looking out of the window, had a most lovely view of the

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.