3 December 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]

Reville 3.30am, breakfast between 4 and 5, awful crush. Parade in full marching order at 6am and left camp at about 7am. Marched to Frairy about 3 miles (kit bags on wagon) and took book to Plymouth where we boarded Empress of Britain at about 10.30am. Wrote home. Quarters just the same as Coronia. Right below forehead packed like sardines especially for sleeping accommodation. Attended an impromptu service in the evening on deck. Conducted by a private of the RWF, fine singing accompanied by a cornet played by a private on the RWF. Enjoyed service very much.

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