Diary of Edgar Clarence Worsfold, item 6

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which I soon found we were to nearly live on

for the next 4 years after this we were marched

to some Schools in Plough Rd Battersea where we

had to make our Beds up in the Class Rooms it

was fortunate the children were having there

Summer Holliday otherwise I expect we would

have slept on Clapham common. This is where

we had our first Army Pay Day as we were all

Paid out 5 Golden Sovereigns here as Mobilization

Money and cause they thought we would run wild

having become Possessed of so much Sudden Wealth

and Four Ale only Penny Half Pint so they tried

to kid us to put it straight in the P.O Savings

Bank but that wanted a Bit of doing well I think

I was very sensible with mine I went home on 4

Hours Leave and had a good time and gave what

I had Left to the Wife who no doubt found it

very useful as I had only been saving 18/- Per

Week for the last 2 years well after 3 or 4 Days

at these schools we had orders to proceed

to St Albans  which was to be our War

Station so the following morning we

all got in full Marching order for our

Long Route March to St Albans and it was

no joke for us chaps just come from ordinary

Work never done a days march since the last

time we went to camp 12 months Previous and

never wore heavy boots most of us had

come from factories offices etc and carmen Etc

well no doubt they anticipated a large

number of us falling out on the road anyway

we started off from Clapham Junction and

had our first march past it was going by

the Battersea Town Hall were we had to

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which I soon found we were to nearly live on

for the next 4 years after this we were marched

to some Schools in Plough Rd Battersea where we

had to make our Beds up in the Class Rooms it

was fortunate the children were having there

Summer Holliday otherwise I expect we would

have slept on Clapham common. This is where

we had our first Army Pay Day as we were all

Paid out 5 Golden Sovereigns here as Mobilization

Money and cause they thought we would run wild

having become Possessed of so much Sudden Wealth

and Four Ale only Penny Half Pint so they tried

to kid us to put it straight in the P.O Savings

Bank but that wanted a Bit of doing well I think

I was very sensible with mine I went home on 4

Hours Leave and had a good time and gave what

I had Left to the Wife who no doubt found it

very useful as I had only been saving 18/- Per

Week for the last 2 years well after 3 or 4 Days

at these schools we had orders to proceed

to St Albans  which was to be our War

Station so the following morning we

all got in full Marching order for our

Long Route March to St Albans and it was

no joke for us chaps just come from ordinary

Work never done a days march since the last

time we went to camp 12 months Previous and

never wore heavy boots most of us had

come from factories offices etc and carmen Etc

well no doubt they anticipated a large

number of us falling out on the road anyway

we started off from Clapham Junction and

had our first march past it was going by

the Battersea Town Hall were we had to


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  • January 24, 2018 02:31:48 Thomas A. Lingner

    which I soon found we were to nearly live on

    for the next 4 years after this we were marched

    to some Schools in Plough Rd Battersea where we

    had to make our Beds up in the Class Rooms it

    was fortunate the children were having there

    Summer Holliday otherwise I expect we would

    have slept on Clapham common. This is where

    we had our first Army Pay Day as we were all

    Paid out 5 Golden Sovereigns here as Mobilization

    Money and cause they thought we would run wild

    having become Possessed of so much Sudden Wealth

    and Four Ale only Penny Half Pint so they tried

    to kid us to put it straight in the P.O Savings

    Bank but that wanted a Bit of doing well I think

    I was very sensible with mine I went home on 4

    Hours Leave and had a good time and gave what

    I had Left to the Wife who no doubt found it

    very useful as I had only been saving 18/- Per

    Week for the last 2 years well after 3 or 4 Days

    at these schools we had orders to proceed

    to St Albans  which was to be our War

    Station so the following morning we

    all got in full Marching order for our

    Long Route March to St Albans and it was

    no joke for us chaps just come from ordinary

    Work never done a days march since the last

    time we went to camp 12 months Previous and

    never wore heavy boots most of us had

    come from factories offices etc and carmen Etc

    well no doubt they anticipated a large

    number of us falling out on the road anyway

    we started off from Clapham Junction and

    had our first march past it was going by

    the Battersea Town Hall were we had to

  • January 23, 2018 08:59:22 Victoria Frâncu

    which I soon found we were to nearby line on for the next 4 years after this we were missing to some Schools in Plough Rd Battersea where we had to make our Beds up in the Class Room. It was fortunate the children were having there [sic!] Summer Holliday otherwise I expect we would have slept on missing common. This is where we had our first Army Pay Day as we were all Paid out 5 Golden Sovereigns here as Mobilization Money and cause they thiught we would run wild having become Possessed of so much Sudden Wealth and Four Ale only Penny Half Pint so they tried to kid us to put it straight in the P.O Savings Bank but that wanted a Bit of doing well I think I was very sensible with mine I went home on 4 Hours Leave and had a good time and gave what I had Left to the Wife who no doubt found it very useful as I had only been saving 18/. Per Week for the last 2 years well after 3 or 4 Days at these schools we had orders to proceed to St Albans  which was to be our War Station so the following morning we all got in full Marching order for our Long Route March to St Albans and it was no joke for us chaps just come from ordinary Work never done a days march since the last time we went to camp 12 months Presions and never wore heavy boots most of us had come from factories offices etc and missing Etc well no doubt they anticipated  a large number of us falling out on the road anyway we started off from Clafham Junction and had our first march past it was going by the Battersea Town Hall were we had to


  • January 23, 2018 08:56:29 Victoria Frâncu

    which I soon found we were to nearby line on for the next 4 years after this we were missing to some Schools in Plough Rd Battersea where we had to make our Beds up in the Class Room. It was fortunate the children were having there [sic!] Summer Holliday otherwise I expect we would have slept on missing common. This is where we had our first Army Pay Day as we were all Paid out 5 Golden Sovereigns here as Mobilization Money and cause they thiught we would run wild having become Possessed of so much Sudden Wealth and Four Ale only Penny Half Pint so they tried to kid us to put it straight in the P.O Savings Bank but that wanted a Bit of doing well I think I was very sensible with mine I went home on 4 Hours Leave and had a good time and gave what I had Left to the Wife who no doubt found it very useful as I had only been saving 18/. Per Week for the last 2 years well after 3 or 4 Days at these schools we had orders to proceed to St Albans  which was to be our War Station so the following morning we all got in full Marching order for our Long Route March to St Albans and it was no joke for us chaps just come from ordinary Work never done a days march since the last time we went to camp 12 months Presions and never wore heavy boots most of us had come from factories offices etc and missing Etc well no doubt they anticipated  a large number of us falling out on the road anyway


  • January 23, 2018 08:48:41 Victoria Frâncu

    which I soon found we were to nearby line on for the next 4 years after this we were missing to some Schools in Plough Rd Battersea where we had to make our Beds up in the Class Room. It was fortunate the children were having there [sic!] Summer Holliday otherwise I expect we would have slept on missing common. This is where we had our first Army Pay Day as we were all Paid out 5 Golden Sovereigns here as Mobilization Money and cause they thiught we would run wild having become Possessed of so much Sudden Wealth and Four Ale only Penny Half Pint so they tried to kid us to put it straight in the P.O Savings Bank but that wanted a Bit of doing well I think I was very sensible with mine I went home on 4 Hours Leave and had a good time and gave what I had Left to the Wife who no doubt found it very useful as I had only been saving 18/. Per Week for the last 2 years well after 3 or 4 Days at these schools we had orders to proceed to St Albans  which was to be our War Station so the following morning we all got in full Marching order for our Long Route March to St Albans and it was no joke


  • January 23, 2018 08:46:20 Victoria Frâncu

    which I soon found we were to nearby line on for the next 4 years after this we were missing to some Schools in Plough Rd Battersea where we had to make our Beds up in the Class Room. It was fortunate the children were having there [sic!] Summer Holliday otherwise I expect we would have slept on missing common. This is where we had our first Army Pay Day as we were all Paid out 5 Golden Sovereigns here as Mobilization Money and cause they thiught we would run wild having become Possessed of so much Sudden Wealth and Four Ale only Penny Half Pint so they tried to kid us to put it straight in the P.O Savings Bank but that wanted a Bit of doing well I think I was very sensible with mine I went home on 4 Hours Leave and had a good time and gave what I had Left to the Wife who no doubt found it very useful as I had only been saving 18/. Per Week for the last 2 years well after 3 or 4 Days at these schools we had orders to proceed


  • January 23, 2018 08:41:08 Victoria Frâncu

    which I soon found we were to nearby line on for the next 4 years after this we were missing to some Schools in Plough Rd Battersea where we had to make our Beds up in the Class Room. It was fortunate the children were having there [sic!] Summer Holliday otherwise I expect we would have slept on missing common. This is where we had our first Army Pay Day as we were all Paid out 5 Golden Sovereigns here as Mobilization Money and cause they thiught we would run wild having become Possessed of so much Sudden Wealth and Four Ale only Penny Half Pint so they tried to kid us


  • January 23, 2018 08:34:43 Victoria Frâncu

    which I soon found we were to nearby line on for the next 4 years after this we were missing to some Schools in Plough Rd Battersea where we had to make our Beds up in the Class Room


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