Extract from the diary of Norman Hughes, “B” Coy, 1/4th Cheshire Regiment 53rd (Welsh) Division [Norman Hughes came from Neston. Sailing from Alexandria in Egypt]
“Be your best today, no matter what happened yesterday”.
Sail from Sollum Bay at 2 p.m. after taking the Welsh Regt. on board in the morning; the H.M.S Lily is our escort but most peculiar she just keeps a few hundred yds in our rear the whole journey.
Very quiet night at sea and our ship is a splendid sailer [sic]. – no-one sick. The “Minnetonka” is about 12,000 tons.