New Year’s Day, 1917

Monday.    Arrived at Larkhill from Witley for firing practice This morning did ordinary practise

There are seven days on two facing pages in the Crown 51 diary, and the pages are barely larger than 3 x 5 inches. The diary is, perforce, laconic.

If they took the same route as Archie’s battery ten days later, they took the train from Milford via Southampton to Amesbury, marching to and from the station at each end, carrying their kit and four blankets. (1) It was four-and-a-half miles (about 7 kms) from Amesbury Station to the Lark Hill camp.


“Entraining, Godalming, 1916” (2)

(1) Wills, Archie. Diary. 3: 128. January 10, 1917. Archie Wills Fonds, University of Victoria Archives. Copyright 2007, University of Victoria.
(2) The photograph is from the Archie Wills Fonds, and shows supply wagons drawn up beside railway cars, much earlier in 1916. It suggests the complications of moving men and equipment even a relatively short distance. The rail route from Milford to Southampton and thence to Amesbury  was about 80 miles (130 kms), though a crow flying from Witley to Lark Hill would cover only about fifty miles ( 80 kms).

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”



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