22 July 1915

Extract from the war diary of George Wardle, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Out in the open sea again, what we saw the night before seemed but a dream, but I know I was wide awake on guard with our machine guns. Nothing much to see except the sea of fish which seem to be very plentiful and very large. My hat went overboard and there was a terrible grab for it, under the water it went like the shot out of our guns. Up to now we have had a very good sea not too rough it is as calm well calmer than I have ever seen Redesmere, it is awfully hot here. To see the top deck at night it would remind anyone of May Fair of swing boats, it is completely crammed with hammocks slung from anywhere possible, even in the rigging and round the rails on the deck as well as on the floor. The sea is a beautiful blue, it was quite green in the English Channel.

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