Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Notes from 1914

Spent Easter at Festiniog.

Had enjoyable year, completing second varsity year, B.Sc., Physics, Pure Math, Geogr. Was doing 3 wks teaching practice at Morley Rd Council School when Archduke of Austria murdered. Never thought would lead up to England entering war. At Chapel was secretary Petre St P.M. Tennis Club, and won mixed doubles tournament. Played about every day during long vacation. Day before war declared (August 4th) asked by War Office with other Varsity men if prepared to accept commission. Applied, passed medical, [   ]. Didn’t think war would be so tremendous. When realised, enlisted as private in Sheffield University and City Battalion on 10th September 1915 together with over 90 others from varsity. Had part 1 drill party in O.T.C. for 6 wks afternoons.
Drilled now at Drill Hall, Bramall Lane, Norfolk Park. After 3 months went to Redmires in huts. Up to date chiefly dug trenches and made roads.

A2, Redmires, Sheffield

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