War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 6 Sept 1919.

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 6 Sept 1919.

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Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda
Correspondence
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Saturday September 6 1919
No. 19 Camp
Kinmel Park
Rhyl
After a long and tiring journey I have arrived in England with the Battery. We came home via Duren, Aachen, Lille, Armentieres, Calais, Dover, Rochester, London, Birmingham, Crewe, Rhyl.

There are two divisions here, and the camp is large and crowded. It took us five days to get here.

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War Diary of AA Laporte Payne Aug 1919

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne Aug 1919

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E.A.L.P. Sunday August 3 1919.

The weather is awful, and is hindering our tennis and other occupations.

We are still trying to educate the men, much against their will. I take history and literature classes in the afternoons. Other classes are in mathematics, geography, dictation, agriculture and motor mechanics, taken by the subalterns and the padre.

One of our men, who went on leave on the 25th July, has been found dead in Box tunnel near Bath in mysterious circumstances. He lived at Bristol. Foul play is suspected.

I have just come back from the Cavalry Division Races. The wives of English Officers are beginning to appear now.

One wife caused amusement. She arrived with a mere captain then she was seen with a staff captain, and later with a cavalry staff major. Bets were made on the height she would attain to. Then she appeared with a full blown Brigadier, and finally, glory of glories, she was seen walking in the paddock with no less a divinity than the Commander-in-Chief himself. Hubby, poor man, was left a long way behind.

I got five prizes in the Divisional Horse Show. Tomorrow we have two horses jumping in the Rhine Army Horse Show.

The Boche are having a dance in the village today. I stopped it last week.

Tomorrow we are celebrating the 4th August. The men are having a whole holiday with cricket in the afternoon, and a concert party coming in the evening. In the officers’ mess we are having 15 guests to dinner, including 4 girls from the educational centre at Euskirchen.

We had Lena Ashwell’s Concert Party here the other day. It was the first time I had seen them.

E.A.L.P. August 11 1919

The weather is lovely now. Horse shows continue. Two of our horses got as far as the Army of the Rhine show. One was my grey charger.

Our dinner party was a great success. Of the four girls who honoured us, two were Y.M.C.A. librarians, and two Educationalists, who had been at Cambridge.

I drove a party of seven home at 1 a.m. It was quite dark and we had no lamps.

I went to Cologne by car yesterday. I hope to go to Trier in a day or so.

The officers and N.C.Os were defeated by the battery by 20 runs.

One of my subalterns has gone to India, another is on a course at Oxford, and a third is on leave, so we are short handed.

August 26 1919
Klein Vernich
We are now in the midst of packing and winding up here.

I actually move from here on Sept. 3rd, but I do not expect to cross until some days later. The accumulation of stuff is enormous, and I shall have to lose a lot of it. now we spend our time checking stores, doing accounts, and rendering returns. I have sent most of the equipment away already. The horses go tomorrow. I am remaining behind with most of the men for a few days. We rejoin at Calais.

Letter of dismissal from Women’s Legion Drivers 29 August 1919

Letter of dismissal from Women’s Legion Drivers 29 August 1919

To Miss L. Dillon

Please take notice that owing to demobilisation of Womens Legion Drivers your services will not be required after September 29th 1919

S.M. Knight
Superintendent
Women’s Legion
In circular stamp: M.T. RECEPTION & TRAINING AREA. O.H. ELTHAM RD., LEE, S.E. 29 AUG 1919

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 26 Aug 1919

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 26 Aug 1919

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August 26 1919
Klein Vernich
We are now in the midst of packing and winding up here.

I actually move from here on Sept. 3rd, but I do not expect to cross until some days later. The accumulation of stuff is enormous, and I shall have to lose a lot of it. now we spend our time checking stores, doing accounts, and rendering returns. I have sent most of the equipment away already. The horses go tomorrow. I am remaining behind with most of the men for a few days. We rejoin at Calais.

Letter to Miss Dillon 4 August 1919

Letter to Miss Dillon 4 August 1919

G.S. “I”
G.H.Q.
Constantinople,
4th August 1919

My dearest Lillie,
I am sending in my application for demobilisation to-day. With any luck I may start back in about a fortnight and get to London some time in September. I went to see Alexander’s tomb on Saturday. It is a wonderful piece of work and is still in perfect condition. It is 400 years B.C. It is of coloured marble. Yesterday I went to Floria for the day and bathed and then had tea the San Stefano where the 17th Air Squadron have their mess. I am going to have another try for the flight to Bucharest as soon as my demobilisation has come through. They will hardly refuse it then. I have come to the conclusion that this is really a wonderfully beautiful place now that I feel I am going away. After all one does not leave any place without regrets. I have seen Huns almost in tears at leaving Donnington Hall.
I am going to see the Sultan on Friday. I had a letter from Bucharest this morning. The Military Mission in Roumania is going home about the 1st Sept so there is no object in my staying out here any longer.
A man who got into the F.O. last Spring has just been sent to the Legation at Bucharest as 3rd Secretary. Of course he did not know a word of Roumanian.
That is how things are done!
If this reaches you before Anna has left on her honey moon give them my love and best wishes again. I wrote to her a couple of days ago.
Best love to you & Anna
from Willie

I am going to live at Morda on the Asiatic side of the Bosphorus to-day. It will be very pleasant and the Mess is a very comfortable house with tennis, bathing &c.

With cover On His Majesty’s Service to Miss de C. Dillon, M.T. RASC., No 1 Reserve Depot, Grove Park, Lee. London S.E. 12.

Postmarked ARMY POST OFFICE SY4 dated 6 AU 19 and stamped PASSED BY CENSOR 382. Signed W. Dillon Lieut.

Gerald Benham’s notes from diaries July various years

Gerald Benham’s notes from diaries

6 July 1914. Moved to 8 Hospital Road.

30 July 1915. Brian christened.

14 July 1916. The King inspected us (& other units) at Frinton.
24 July 1916 Farewell smoking concert for N.C.O.’s & a large draft.
25 July 1916 Col Bulter seen by Lord Shaftesbury & told he would not accept Major Lyle as 2nd in C & that he was to put my name forward.
30 July 1916 “ Saw draft off from Colchester Station

7 July 1917 Saw a number of German planes to their way to LONDON.

17 July 1918 On way to railhead had a nasty accident to my ribs by a door slamming
In to them. Spent night in hospital.
18 July 1918 Ordered by A.Q.M.G. Div to report to 11 Essex H.Q. Arrived at horse lines & met Maj & Q.M. Roberts.
26 July 1918 Saw Vernon Pebudy in his dug out
27 July 1918 Moved off to front line at night. Felt very bilious & much pain in ribs.

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne July 1919

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne July 1919

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July 10, 1919
D/76 Bde., R.F.A.
I have just returned from Wiesbaden and a trip up the Rhine, which I much enjoyed. I went with the Adjutant. We occupy ourselves with sports, horse shows, races and dinners. I had five dinners in one week. We gave one to the officers of the Brigade the other day, and it was a great success. Tomorrow I go to Cologne for three days.

We were inspected the other day by the Army Artillery Commander.

My companion for so many months now, Captain Prior, has left us. He is a regular and has been transferred to England preparatory to going out East. I heard from Colonel Congreve the other day. He has been reduced to the rank of Major and posted to command a battery in Ireland. He does not seem to like it much.

So peace has been signed at last. It has made no difference to us here. The politicians seem to have made a good mess of it. The Boche are just the same as ever. They will not change. They say that they will never pay the indemnity, and that there will be another war in ten or fifteen years. I should not be at all surprised, for they are filled with thoughts of revenge. They will always hate the French, and the French know it. A German of intelligence, and considerable local importance to whom I spoke the other day, asked me this question. “If you had lost the war, would you have acquiesced?” I replied, “No, I suppose not.” At which he smiled and said, “Neither shall we.” Well there have always been wars on this frontier ever since the Romans had their German frontiers problems and I suppose it will go on.

July 10 and 12 1919

June Meeting
To be held on the Race Course
On July 10 & 12, 1919

First Race 14.00 hours each day.
1st Race. General Officers Inter-Corps Hurdle Race, open to teams of three officers not below the rank of Brigadier-General.

2nd Race. Maiden Plate, open to Infantry, R.E. and R.A.M.C.

3rd Rhineland Steeple-Chase. Winner 1500 marks.
Horses of the Allied Armies.

4th Robertson Plate. 2000 marks. Horses of Allied Armies ridden by officers.

etc

Second Day

2nd Race Allied Steeple-Chase. Allied Armies.
3rd The Cologne Plate. Horses of Army of the Rhine.
5th Victory Plate, Horses of Allied Armies.

July 22 1919.
Klein Vernich
The weather has been very bad here lately. We have made a tennis court, which plays quite fairly well. It has taken a lot of making, but the servants have done splendidly. It is in a meadow, and after daily rolling with a horse and roller, much levelling and cutting it is in fair order, but it now rains. However we are hoping to have some games soon.

Tomorrow is our Divisional Horse Show. Our Battery has 15 entries, a show team of six grey horses and gun, show driving, jumping, chargers, polo ponies etc. The men have worked well, and the harness and vehicles look splendid.

We have just had some races and are looking forward to some more.

I spent Peace Day as follows. I got up at 6 a.m. and then drove in a car through Euskirchen to Bonn, where I saw a large number of our men on board a pleasure steamer, which went up the Rhine. As the trip takes six hours against the stream I did not go. Instead I had a good look round Bonn, saw the University which I thought a nasty dirty place, and the students, disreputable and childish, the cathedral, and the Protestant Church. The gardens are rather good. I had breakfast at the Grand Hotel Royal, and visited the Officers’ Club, which is in a good place overlooking the Rhine.

About midday I took the train to Coblenz, had lunch and saw a good deal of the town which I did not much like. At 4 p.m. I met the boat with our fellows on board. We loaded up with cakes, cherries, gooseberries, and beer, and then we started on the return journey downstream, which only took two hours instead of six. It was well worth doing. We passed Andernach, Brohll, Sinzig, Remagen, Drachenfels. But I must say I thought that the Rhine was much finer than it is.

We arrived back in Bonn about 6.30 p.m. The men under one of the officers returned direct to the battery by lorry, arriving home after 8, p.m. Another officer and I took the train from Bonn to Cologne by the river arriving at 7.15 p.m. Then we had dinner at the Officers’ Club. We left Cologne at 9.50, p.m. and arrived at our home by train at 11 p.m. The total cost to me was Breakfast, 7 marks; lunch 9 marks; tea 5 marks; dinner 12 marks, total about ten shillings in all. I had nothing to pay for the car, railway journey or steamer trip.

I very nearly went on the Victory March in Paris. But in the end no officer went from the Brigade. the English contingent was very much cut down.

I have also visited Wiesbaden and Maintz. I must go to Trier now. I was offered a trip with the Polish troops through Germany the other day, through to Poland and home by Vienna but I could not get away.

THURSDAY JULY 24 1919

MIDLAND DIVISION
HORSE SHOW.

Romerhof Race Course, near Lechenich.

D/76 Bde put in 20 entries, won five prizes:
O.R.’s Jumping. 2nd
Pair of wheel horses in harness.
Champion L.D. Horse 2nd.
Pair Lead Horses in Harness.
W.O’s & N.C.O’s Horse under 15 hands.

E.A.L.P. Sunday August 3 1919.

The weather is awful, and is hindering our tennis and other occupations.

We are still trying to educate the men, much against their will. I take history and literature classes in the afternoons. Other classes are in mathematics, geography, dictation, agriculture and motor mechanics, taken by the subalterns and the padre.

One of our men, who went on leave on the 25th July, has been found dead in Box tunnel near Bath in mysterious circumstances. He lived at Bristol. Foul play is suspected.

I have just come back from the Cavalry Division Races. The wives of English Officers are beginning to appear now.

One wife caused amusement. She arrived with a mere captain then she was seen with a staff captain, and later with a cavalry staff major. Bets were made on the height she would attain to. Then she appeared with a full blown Brigadier, and finally, glory of glories, she was seen walking in the paddock with no less a divinity than the Commander-in-Chief himself. Hubby, poor man, was left a long way behind.

I got five prizes in the Divisional Horse Show. Tomorrow we have two horses jumping in the Rhine Army Horse Show.

The Boche are having a dance in the village today. I stopped it last week.

Tomorrow we are celebrating the 4th August. The men are having a whole holiday with cricket in the afternoon, and a concert party coming in the evening. In the officers’ mess we are having 15 guests to dinner, including 4 girls from the educational centre at Euskirchen.

We had Lena Ashwell’s Concert Party here the other day. It was the first time I had seen them.