Leaving N. Y. July 30, 1918
Packing up and getting ready to leave this place.
Guess will leave for Hoboken
This old 329 Aero Sqdn is some outfit "All
Rearing to go" Am in the 10 Sqd. rear rank.Train
just leaving 10:30 a.m. leaving Hempsted for Boston,
On Troop train "All Aboard for Boston" just
pulling in to the docks at Boston Harbor and door
They lined us all up and Red Cross gave us coffee
& buns A bunch of Coast Artillery just pulled in
and they sure a snappy bunch. It has been raining and
they sure was a wet outfit. It is dark and we are
getting aboard boat they make us go on in single file
and check us off the list as we go aboard. It is the
British ship Anselm, "Booth Line" 9:30 p.m.
All aboard, and ready to go.
July 31, 1918
Just getting morning and pulling out of docks. Had to
wait for a bunch of convoyes. 10:30 a.m. pulling out
of the Harbor at Boston and some sight to see can see
the Forts along the Harbor or can tell where they are
by the flags. Thing[s] are going fine and just
sighted a bunch of porpoise they look like subs the
way they was going.
Aug. 1, 1918
Heading north and am not feeling any to good am
getting "Seasick" and some feeling it is
too. We are pulling in to a seaport of England or
Canada. Hallifax And can see the two light houses. It
sure looks good to see land again. We all climbed
upon the mask and doricks where we could see all
August 2, 1918
Am at the port now and getting over my sea sickness
waiting for more convoyes.
They come out with candy from Halifax and oranges so
it makes us feel good if you happen to be lucky and
Aug. 3, 1918
Still here at port feeling good again. Raining now so
must have our overcoats on.
The coast artillery is on deck taking there excersise
It is Batery B.
Boats was over from shore and sold candy again today
but didn't get any but got some yesterday they cost
us ten cent each for 5 cent stuff. HaHa
This is a English boat and all sailor[s] are English
merchant marines. They say this boat has made 67
trips across and has carried 3 loads of Amer. troops.
We are on the second deck and the Old Edison is going
and cant go on deck yet. Am feeling good again but
was sure sick the other day. "Nuff Said"
From where we are located in the Harbor can see the
grand old shore and when this bird puts foot on land
again sure won't take it off. This is a fine harbor
and can see some of the town of Halifax but not much
guess most was blown away by the explosion which
happened when thos[e] two ships ran together saw what
was left of one. It would be great to come here
Aug. 4, 1918
Still in the harbor and all feeling fine. Some of the
boy[s] are just going on guard but have escaped so
far. Have just bought two boxes of candy for the trip
l.25 per box. They sold candy yesterday for 2.45
24 bars of 5 cent candy. 2:00 p.m. Just pulling
out of harbor for England, we can see all kinds of
ship as we go by, Red Cross Ship, War Ship, Troop
ship & Sub Chases & Subs. The sea is sure
fine all the houses around the harbor are blowed down
& burnt, guess that explosion did lots of damage.
Weather fine and glad to be going again as was
getting tired of laying around on deck all day.
Aug. 5, 1918
We are at Sea and is very calm and fine day am on
deck writing my diary setting on a mask about l0 feet
from deck there is a ring of Iron about 10 feet from
deck on which I am setting so don't think I am
kidding when I say mask. Just passed a bunch of
porpose. Have two boxes of candy and one orange so am
prepared for seasickness. All lounging on deck
because after the sun go[es] down no one is allowed
on deck and all ports closed lights out. Our hammocks
are so close together that no one can hardly step or
even get into them. I have mine strung under the
tabel [table]. Some of our guys are on the lookout
looking for German boats & subs "All well at
Aug 6, 1918
Still going and feeling good was on guard this
morning from 810 a.m. and 34 this
afternoon. Sea is rough today and is raining a
little. I am located in the 4 section in the back of
boat on second deck. Have changed our life boats now
am in the 9 lifeboat on the Starboard side and on the
deck by the Sub Gun and [I'm] the 41 man or last one
in the boat. Is raining hard and all have to go
Slep[t] on the floor with some other boys tonight
King is my buddie now he is pretty hard broiled and
Aug. 7, 1918
Weather fine today was in gulf stream yesterday and
it was warm but is colder today just passed over
where the Titantic was sank or close to it. Have been
on deck most of the time. We have on our fatigue
cloths[es] so can lay most any place. All we do is go
round and look out over the great sea and wondering
where and when we will land.
Aug. 8, 1918
Well the old ship began to roll last evening and sure
made thing[s] hum for a while pails rolled around
mess kits went off the tabel and the boys began to
get sick. I thought every minut[e] we would go over.
The boat was firs[t] on one end then on the other
then she would lean over on her sid[e] and thought
every minut[e] the end had come I could here some of
the boy[s] heaving it up in the Latrine and I can
imagine how they feel as went through the same thing
back a few days. HaHa
It is still rough today and some of the goys who was
on guard last evening said waves rolled over the
boat. I didn't eat anything but am not sick
The slum sure gets my goat. Hard tack, cheese &
Slum is our bill every meal, sometime Rice &
pickels. The ship back of us fired 5 times yesterday
for practice could see the splash of the shots. All
rushed on deck to see what had hap[p]ened.
Aug. 9, 1918
The day is fine only the waves are rolling high
today. One of the engineers said we would be half way
today at noon. Hope so then we will be getting closer
to land inste[a]d of farther away. Three boy[s] go
after meal and eat one tabels below deck where we
sleep. They are 12 at my tabel. Feeling good. One
ship is not making very good time and this morning
she isn't in sight, have lost her for good.
August 10, 1918
I didn't eat breakfast this morning as they didn't
have anything I could eat. It rained a little but now
is fine and, the sun is shining and are getting close
to Old England shore and when I hit land they will be
only one more trip like this one. That will be
Aug. 11, 1918
Still on the Grand Old Ocean and one grand morning.
Sun shining brightly and sea as calm as a June day in
the old state of Iowa. That['s] not very calm you
know, but good enough. But rolls a little. Just
finished the Sky Pilot and it makes me think of home
when I yousto sit by the stove reading, no more until
the war is finished.
I hope none of the people at home will get sick while
I'm over here.
We are in the sub zone now and they keep a good
lookout at all times.
10:45 p.m. I am going on Guard duty now main Guard
and waves rolling around the ship makes one think of
home and friend. Just wait until this war is over.
Aug. 12, 1918
Was on guard all last night. The Engineer gave me a
cup of tea and a meat sandwich. Sure tasted good, the
best have had since getting aboard boat. Was guard at
engineer room lower deck. Candy sells for 15 cents
per bar on board.
Aug. 13, 1918
Just met our destroyers today they are American
Packed our pack for inspection getting ready to leave
as soon as can.
King got a couple of chicken sandwiches last evening
and a pease of cake cost us 50 cents each. A pigeon
lit on our boat today also have had two birds all the
Aug. 14, 1918
Still on board boat but some say we are in the
channel now and will land today. We are having our
rations give[n] out. Here [are] mine can of beef, 3
spoons of sugar, two spoons salt, two coffee pretty
good. 9:00 a.m. we have had our watches turned ahead
1 hour and 15 minuts today. Also 23 minuts every day.
We are in the danger zone now and in the Irish sea
just passed through the channel of St. George and saw
land for the first time since sailing. Also saw a
English sub which came out to meet us. Pirce of stuff
Buns 25 cent
small pise [pies?] 100
and can't get them at that price unless you are lucky
Aug. 15, 1918
We can see land one one side of us and guess will
land today. Also saw a dirigable patrolling the coast
this morning. Fine weather. can see Liverpool now.
Have taken on a pilot, came out in a tug. 10:45 a.m.
on the l5th of Aug. In the Merce[y] river now at
Liverpool still on board waiting for tide to come in
watching Sea Gulls,and waiting to land setting on a
derricks just waiting. 3:30 p.m. Landing just pulled
into docks have our packs on our backs and landing.
"Squal. Right" We are marched out of the
docks out through Liverpool The people gave us a
great welcome. Cigretts & Green Apples and tea
when we stopped . Marched to what is known a[s]
Knoutty Ash rest camp and there we stayed that
evening. The boys sang songs as we had a crowd around
most of the time but wasant alowed out of the camp
had a stone wall around and all had to stay ten feet
back from it.
Aug. 16, 1918
Leaving Liverpool at 5:10 p.m. and on board train
just leaving rest camp. Town. Gradley Junction 6:45
p.m. Scheffeled 7:55 p.m.
Ariving at Winchester and marching throu the town.
Everything was dark as no light are allowed in
England marched all the way from Winchester to the
camp which is called Flour Down ariving there at 4:00
a.m. in the morning and put into tents 7 in my tent.
Aug. 17, 1918
In the tent camp waiting to be sent to the Flying
field. Lots of boy[s] here some have just come from
Flying Fields and are ready to go over to France for
Aug. 18, 1918
Had inspection at this camp today. It is call Flour
Down. Hope will leave here soon. Had pack inspection
and just got our barracks bag today.
Just came back from a trade examination. Getting
ready to leave here. Some of the boys are on guard
now am in a tent with 4 good guys now.
Our boy[s] are on guard so guess will go to town.
P.S. didn't try it today as was busy down at canteen
drinking the real old ale & stout.
Aug 19 Well guess will beat the guard tonight as I
did today. Corp. Fritz and I beat it throu the guards
and went to a town named Crowley a small town but a
rather old one. It was 2 1/2 miles from camp and made
a good hike there and back. Seeing the first
farmerets I ever saw--
We are going to have a hike today. Was to Winchester
last evening went throu the guards, we all said King
ou[gh]t to be along as he was alway[s] hitting the
trail. We dodged the M.P. and coming down one street
who should we see but King. Couldn't keep him Home.
HaHa We all got back all OK. Was down today and went
through the Winchester Catheredel the whole Sqdn
marching down & back. Also drill a little this
afternoon. The hike was a korker but the people used
us good. There was four officers with us. Winchester
use to be the capital of England.
Aug. 21, 1918
Still here and they tell me my new address will be
35 Eaton place
London S.W.l England
Was on fatigue today.
They say I am signed up as a Instrument Repairman.
We on a hike today went out the road and drilled this
afternoon and Regimental Review this evening. All
feeling good and saw Blum today he is bound for
Fine day everthing good here in camp but out to
ou[gh]t be as is called a rest camp. HaHa Mostly camp
Just the same here in camp. Saw Blum today. Also beat
the guards to it we went through them again last
evening and today heard they had picked up 28 of the
boys they are in the Guard house.
Aug. 25, 1918
They six of our boys from this Sqdn, made them carry
pack all yesterday afternoon and drill. They have the
Flight all closed AB, C.K. I am in C and was to
have gone to Saulsberry plains and D to Ireland. Now
C, goes to Ireland now and I'm in C. Me for Ireland.
The other Flight[s] have all gone Our Capt never said
good by or even said Hope to see you boy[s] again. He
gone and I dam glad, we have a better officer than he
ever dared to be even tho he is a Second Leut. We are
leaving here. It is 9:00 a.m. All ready to start
going to Ireland, Off. Band came a little way with us
pretty good of the Major. The boy was to report at
9:00 for pack drill for getting caut. by the guard
but now guess they should[n't] worry. We are off for
Ireland. Boarding train a[t] Winchester London We are
in the great city of London Leut. Hubbard gave us
permission to go around and see the city. We went
across the city in truck by parlement building to the
Northern Railroad and was there for a long time.
Bound for Holy Head. Left there 2:30 p.m. on ship
Munster. Irish mail boat. Saw lots of A. Soldiers on
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