Saturday, September 30, 1916
The Canadians arrived at Witley a week ago, and quickly found out that “in this country the soldiers have Saturday afternoon and Sunday off, which was a nice surprise for us.” (1)
Godalming seems to have been a favourite destination “to spend some money” (2) and some leisure time on a Saturday afternoon.
“This afternoon I went down to Godalming to spend some money. Godalming is an old town and there is a church there which was erected in the 11th Century. Then there is the famous Charterhouse [school] which ranks with Eton’s [sic].” (2)
Another soldier reported that everything was very expensive in Godalming: “they just soak it to the Canadains [sic], But we should worry.” (4)
Something else took place on Saturday:
“Had a bath today. In fact we all had to. It was an order.” (5)
(1) Wills, Archie. Diary. September 3: 48. September 23, 1916. Archie Wills Fonds, University of Victoria Archives. Copyright 2007, University of Victoria.
(2) Wills, Archie. Diary. September 3: 51. September 30, 1916.
(3) The postcard is available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.
(4) Reed, Charles. Postcard to Jennie Davis. November 5, 1916. Bruce Remembers.
(5) Wills, Archie. Diary. September 3: 52. September 30, 1916.