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E.S. "Gordon" Lacey - Diary 3
their lines & found Reg Kurnot, Reilly, Mahoney & several other Mosman chaps. 27th Went into isolation in 5 Camp. On Lewis Gun course 1st Jan. 1918. Had a holiday & went for a stroll in the afternoon. 10th Came out in orders as one of the 4 best at the Lewis Gun. I am supposed to get 4 days leave out of it but I dont suppose I will get it. 13th Went over to Stockton Church with Charlie Burrows It is a fine old place, built about the 12th Century. They have a list of Rectors, since 1307. There are some old tombs there dating back to the 15th Century. 24th. Started leave arrived in London 11am Went to St Pauls. Had a look
at G.P.O., Bank of England, Royal Exchange. 25th Went to Westminster, The Tower, Had a look at The Embankment Waterloo Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Tower Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge. Law Courts. "The Old Curiousity Shop" 26th Left London to go to Yorkshire. Arrived in Brighouse 3.15pm. Had a bosker time in Yorkshire. 1st Feb. Left Brighouse 6.10a. Arrived in London 12.30p. Left London 3p. Arrived at Codford about 7p and had our passes taken by an [M.B.?] 4th Orderly Room for being 3 days A.W.L.? fine & 2nd F.P. 6th On Draft. 7th 8th & 9th Changing gear & getting ready for France. 10th Received first
"You never know, y'know". Very good. Got the train from King's Cross, at 10-10. Arrived about 4-30. Spent evening with Nellie Clegg. 22nd Saturday. Went to Bunces with Nellie Richmond, & Martha Shepherd. 23rd Walked round in the morning with Mrs Barraclough. Went out in the afternoon with Nellie, Martha & Mary. It seems strange up here without Bill, but they give me a good time. 24th Rolled out at 10-15 went down town. Went to see Mrs Henson, Mrs Cartwr -ight with Mrs Barraclough. 25th Went to see Cartwrights at Linley. Went to Palace in the evening. 26th Had a look at Brighouse Art Gallery, went to pictures with Nellie. 24th Went to Swimming Baths, and pictures
through the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, went down 'The Mall' to Buckingham Palace. Picked up a guide at a V.M. and went through the Tower of London. Went to the "Alhambra" in the evening to see "The Bing Boys on Broadway". 3rd Strolled the streets, and bought a V.P. Kodak in The Strand. Went to see "Fair & Warmer" in the night. 4th Nothing much doing Went to the Aldwych Hut in the afternoon. Caught train at 6p. & arrived in Camp about 9-30 p. and it was very hard to take after 14 days of freedom. 5th Warned for draft for Sutton Veney. Got 10 Aussie letters & a parcel. 6th Mucking about changing camp Got to Sutton in the afternoon 7th Sunday. Church Parade
Mrs A Godden C/o Raper & Dale Woodgrange Rd. Forest Gate London
Mrs W. Healey 33 Grosvesnor Rd. Forest Gate London
[crossed out] Miss P. Haughton [crossed out] 58 Cromwell Rd. [crossed out] Green St. [crossed out] Forest Gate. [crossed out] London E.Y.
Miss D Harrison 42 Marion St Unley S.A.