J. Ashley’s diary 1919 January 10th-11th

January 10th 1919 Friday


January 11th 1919 Saturday

Lydd – London

End of first portion of the BC’s Course, and written exam is held in the morning.

The majority of the course catch the 12.40 to town.  I go on to Redcliffe Square and go to the evening dance at the Empress Rooms with DE.

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!

J. Ashley’s Diary 1919 – 1st January

I’ve been enthralled by this diary since I found it this morning and wish I knew more about the writer but hopefully I will manage to research that in time.

The diary of J. O. H. Ashley Captain RGA this volume is for the year 1919 (I managed to find two more in the boxes for the 1940s).

Entry for January 1st 1919 –

J. O. H. Ashley diary entry 1st January 1919


The new year finds me again in No. 1 Tin Town, well into the 28th. BC’s Course.   Meet one old acquaintance, Watkins, who was in my term at the Shop.

I did not sit up to see the New Year in – there not being sufficient social inducement in Lydd.

However to-night on the invitation of Lt. Bevan RAF go round to the Guest-night dinner at the Balloon School.  A very jovial dinner – the most noticeable feature of it being hte endless series of Toasts!  Of course I was let in for a speech on behalf of hte guests adn the R.G.A!

A fearfully wet and windy night such as only Lydd can produce.