30 November 1916

Extract from the diary of Pte James Arthur Railton, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

[Pte Railton was from Wallasey and was called up in October 1916 and sent to Mesopotamia]

Expected to be out at sea on rising tide but found that a cylinder had burst in engine room so could not proceed. Had breakfast and dinner on board and left ship at about 2pm. Stood on the quay til about 5.30pm when we were marched off to a tug close by and taken to Fort Bovison along the coast and landed in small boats. a rather exciting time. Marched to Renney’s Hall near Plymouth (about 2 miles), with full pack and kit bag in the dark. Absolutely jossed on arrival nit [sic] could get noting [sic] to et [sic] and no bed, not even a light in the hut. Slept on the floor with a couple of blankets.


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