Extract from the diary of Pte B H Gregg, 12th (Service) Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
[Pte Gregg joined up in August 1914 in Chester and was posted to the newly formed 12th Bn and sent to Lewes for training. He survived the war and died aged 102 in Canada]
Friday. The afternoon parade was a route march towards NEWHAVEN & owing to heavy rain we arrived back at 4.p.m. Received 7/- this pay day. Mud & wet all over camp & increasing. Boots hopeless & without comfort. Determined to stick it till the army do the right thing. It may not be the fault of the men in charge around here, but all the same there are no boots for most of the men. The whole affair seems a disgrace to somebody for conditions necessitate sound footwear if men are to do the training in comfort & guard against the evil effect on health.