War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 14 March 1918

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 14 March 1918




Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda




March 14th 1919

I have just returned from Paris after an enjoyable visit with Prior.  We went out to Saint Cloud.



Report of Drifters off Syra 14 March 1919

Report of Drifters off Syra 14 March 1919


Lieut. R.H. Palmer R.N.V.R.

D “Northesk” II 2022


March 14 1919

Captain K.

H.M.S. “Pyramus”





I have the honour to report that the letter given to me to deliver to Lieut Berkeley of H.M.T. “Eva Wales” has been undelivered owing to “Eva Wales” having sailed before my arrival.


On arrival at Syra at 1300 today I reported to S.N.O. and also informed him I had this letter to deliver.


I was told that Eva Wales had left Syra with the other Trawlers on the previous day & as there is no ferry between Syra & Malta I am returning the letter to you.


We arrived at Syra without incident although the speed maintained only averaged 7 Knots; this was due to three factors: –

The dirtiness of the bottoms of Northesk & Prime, the heavy load of stores in the holds of Hopeful & Comely and that we had very heavy weather from DORO to Syra.

I have the honour to be Sir


Message 14 March 1917

“A” Form



To        Camp Comdt.


Senders Number                     Day of Month             In reply to Number     AAA

IG 632                                                 14


Fifth Army reports they have consolidated brickfields at N.2.A.5.5. AAA Trench H.31.B.0.3. to H.32.D.2.7. occupied by us AAA Line West of G.23.C.3.0. now runs West to G.22.C.8.1. North to G.22.A.5.3., G.22.A.0.7., G.21. Central Railways in G.20. central AAA Post established at F.26.D.3015. AAA ends.




Time: 11/40 am

(Sd) K.M. Leader Lieut G.S.

Signature of Addressee


14 March 1917



Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 11 March 1919

Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 11 March 1919


Oval stamp of 707th M.T. Company

No 4151. Date 11.3.19.

Army Service Corps.

Rev Laporte Payne,

Christ’s Church,

  1. Finchley,

London W.




M2/203809 Pte Bowman F.W.


The above mentioned man, whom I understand is known to you, and who is presently serving in the unit under my command, has made application to me for compassionate leave in order that he may be able to proceed to the United Kingdom for the purpose of putting his home affairs in order.


From the documentary evidence which he has produced, it would appear that the relations existing between he and his wife are rather unsatisfactory at present. There does not appear, however, to be any neglect on the part of his wife, so far as the children are concerned, and, in the absence of definite proof, of such neglect, there is little hope of his application for leave being granted at present.


If it is not encroaching on more important business, I shall be obliged if you will kindly make enquiries and let me know as early as possible what exactly is the position of affairs and in what state the home is being kept.


Pte Bowman’s home address is 14 Castle Way, N. Finchley W.


I have the honour to be,


Your obedient Servant,

Signature unreadable Major R.A.S.C.


In the Field,                                                                O.C. 707 M.T. Coy., R.A.S.C.


George Ryan’s letter home dated 11 Mar 1915

George Ryan’s letter home dated 11 Mar 1915

1945 “D” Co

9th Middx



11 Mar 1915


Dear M & F,


Our letters have not arrived here yet this week. I expect we shall get them to-morrow.


We have not finished our firing yet; we even went last Sunday; we’ve got a day off to day though. We have been getting up at 5.0 & leaving here at 7.0 a.m. but now we are not going to start until the afternoon, 2.30.  I’ve been getting on pretty fair but none of us “recruits” will get proficiency pay until we’ve done 2 years service.


Myself & a dozen or so others of this company are going up to the hills shortly. The major doctor came round & inspected us last Saturday & picked out a few of us, the younger ones chiefly & one or two that didn’t look up to the mark.  We expect to go to Lebon, Darjeeling, that’s the summer station for “troops” in this part of India.  By all accounts it’s a very nice place.  They say we are going on the first of next month; I can’t say how long we shall be there.  C.A.S. is going too.  You had better continue to write here for the present.  It’s a nuisance getting our letters a day later than everybody else, it’s bad enough when the mail’s late.


According to the papers we shall get another mail in here next Monday as well as the one expected to-morrow, as a mail boat is due in at Bombay to-morrow morning.


How’s my “old iron”. I suppose it’s alright.  It’s not worth while trying to sell it I suppose.  I shouldn’t get anywhere near what its worth.  You might set the back wheel in motion now & again, by giving the pedals a turn or two; say once a month. Don’t touch the front wheel because of the cyclometer.  The front wheel, too, only tell me what the cyclometer stands at before you touch it.


Hope you are all well,

Love to all,

Yr loving son




About the front wheel on the bike, dad. I was forgetting you was so handy with the screw-driver.  If you unscrew the “cyclometer – striker”, it’s a little thing on one or the spokes that catches the cyclometer, the cyclometer will not work.  It might not come right off, but you’ll be able to turn it so that it doen’t strike.  No need to take the bike down to do it.




Report of Drifters off Mudros 6 March 1919

Report of Drifters off Mudros 6 March 1919



D “Northesk” II (91)


March 6/19

Navigating Officer

H.M.S. “Europa”


It is requested that as I am leaving for England in a few days with a Division of Drifters, that my Standard Compass may be repaired & adjusted before sailing.


This compass has been out of action since my taking over command of Northesk but it is almost essential in such a long voyage as I am now undertaking.


R.H. Palmer.

Lieut. R.N.V.R.


War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 5 March 1918

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 5 March 1918




Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda




March 5 1919

It is dull here now. We are overhauling equipment and handing it in for storage.  All the horses have gone with the exception of a charger for me and the mess cart horse, and a large number of the men.


I went into Amiens the other day, and to day I go to Abbeville on duty.


The Brigade sign is a dolphin, which the Colonel calls the “flying slug”.


Prices of everything seems to be very high. My Captain who has just come back from Paris says that it is expensive there. Amiens, Doullens and Abbeville are bad enough.