Witley, April 8, 1917

Sunday Easter Day     A glorious day today what a contrast to that of last year This AM slept in

In what ways it is a glorious contrast is a mystery: it rained in Joliette last Easter Sunday, (1) and Archie Wills tells us that it is wet and snowy at Witley today. (2) Perhaps it is a theological observation on the holiest of Christian days?  The quarantined men had no church parade.

Sleeping in must have been a particular pleasure, as daylight savings went into effect overnight, with the clocks put forward half an hour. (2) Archie says that means reveille was at 4:30 am, an ungodly hour especially on Sunday.

Different sources give different schedules for the day. Archie’s 58th battery published the following in its camp newspaper (3) which made its first appearance on April 3, 1917.

Routine number 1 page 4.jpg

The definition of “hymn” is pretty loose!

The Divisional Ammunition Column, according to William Calder, had a different schedule six weeks prior to today’s date:

“They have changed our hrs. a bit in camp now, we get up at 5.30 & go to stables at ten to 6 with breakfast at 7.15 & then we go to work (no more parades except Sunday) at 8.30 & quit (supposed to) 5 P.M. then lights out goes at 9.45 instead of 10.15.” (4)

However it’s scheduled, it’s a long hard day.

(1) Historical weather data from the Government of Canada.
(2) Wills, Archie. Diary.4:31 April 8, 1917. Archie Wills Fonds, University of Victoria Archives. Copyright 2007, University of Victoria.
(3) The O.Pip. 1:4 (April 1917)
(4) Calder, William. Letter to his father, February 20, 1917. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”

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