Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Jan 1915
1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.
Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.
Friday 1st January 1915: Signalling in morning. ½ day holiday.
Saturday 2nd January 1915: Signalling.
Sunday 3rd January 1915: Church parade.
Monday 4th January 1915: Signalling.
Tuesday 5th January 1915: Field day near Dore & Totleys. Raining whole day. Caught a chill.
Wednesday 6th January 1915: Physical Drill & Signalling.
Thursday 7th January 1915: Started with a Bronchial Cold. Went to bed at 6 pm.
Friday 8th January 1915: Saw Surgeon Lieut Wood. Obtained medicine & went to bed.
Saturday 9th January 1915: Confined to bed.
Sunday 10th January 1915: In bed.
Monday 11th January 1915: In Bed.
Tuesday 12th January 1915: In bed.
Wednesday 13th January 1915: In bed. Got up a little & went out for 2 hours to get fresh air.
Thursday 14th January 1915: Still confined to bed.
Friday 15th January 1915: At last, able to go out. Went a short walk in morning & went on duty once more in the afternoon.
Saturday 16th January 1915: Signalling in the Drill Hall all morning. Father & Mother, & Arnold (from Dorchester) over for ½ day. Very happy day spent. 1st fine day for a long time.
Sunday 17th January 1915: Church Parade at St Barnabas Ch. Went walk in aft. with Eric Hampshire round Norfolk Park. Went to Cathedral at night & then walk by Cobner Rd. (Wood seats) & Derbyshire Lane.
Monday 18th January 1915: Signalling all day. Went to “Robinson Crusoe.”
Tuesday 19th January 1915: Field Day near Dore & Totley.
Wednesday 20th January 1915: Signalling.
Thursday 21st January 1915: Signalling.
Friday 22nd January 1915: Signalling. Inoculated (1st dose). No effects except stiff arm.
Saturday 23rd January 1915: Signalling in morn. Went to see Sheff Wed (2) v Liverpool (1).
N.B. Inoculation is nothing as regards after effects. Only felt a stiff shoulder & arm, 6 hours afterwards.
Sunday 24th January 1915: Stable Picket all day.
Monday 25th January 1915: Signalling.
Tuesday 26th January 1915: In bed, bad throat.
Wednesday 27th January 1915: In bed, bad throat.
Thursday 28th January 1915: In bed bad throat.
Friday 29th January 1915: Signalling.
Saturday 30th January 1915: Went to Ben R for ½ day. Left Sheff 1-52 arr Ben R 3- 43. Left Ben R 6-18 Sheff arr 8-53. Absolutely ripping to see home once more. Had 3 good meals. Saw all at home.
Sunday 31st January 1915: Ripping views of St Paul’s, Thames & Underground Rlys. Travelled from Sheffield to Amesbury, Salisbury Plain, via London G.N.R. 9.45 – 9.15 pm. Tramped 9 miles till 12-30. mud awful.