Sunday October 1, 1916
Church Parade took place at the camp.
When it rained, they gathered in the mess hall rather than on the parade ground. Charles Reed of the 160th Battalion noted one particularly good sermon by Lieut. Aikens — “the best I ever heard – He gave us some good advice on leading a moral life etc.” (1)
Soldiers were free on Sunday afternoon — Percy often chose to attend an afternoon service at the local Church of England. Or they set out through the country lanes, to visit the local beauty spots, if the weather was fine, or like, Archie Wills did today, walk the eight miles to Camp Bramshott to visit friends. “It was all up hill and tough going,” he complained, though admitted that “the roads in this country are good and make the going a lot easier than otherwise.” After walking part-way back to Witley in the company of a couple of girls, he hitched a ride the rest of the way in a Ford. (2)
(1) Reed, Charles. Post card to Jennie Davis. November 5, 1916. Bruce Remembers.
(2) Wills, Archie. Diary. October 1, 1916. 3: 52-53. Archie Wills Fonds, University of Victoria Archives. Copyright 2007, University of Victoria.
The post card is from the collection on the site dedicated to the 202nd (Sportsmen’s) Battalion from Edmonton , Alberta.
Copyright 2016. See “More about this project.”