Here is an extract from my grandfather's diaries 1916-1917
Inland Water Transport
8, Morby Street, Carmarthen
Left Sandwich on Sunday night 9.30 pm on 5th November 1916 Arrived at Devonport 9.00 am
On board RMS Saxon left Devonport 11 am on 8th November 1916 arrived at Ascension Island Saturday 18th November at 6.30 am left at 1.30 pm on the 18th.
Arrived at St Helena 11.30 on 20th November left at 5.30 pm on the 20th.Ship’s sports held on Tuesday.
Arrived at Capetown on Saturday 25th at 7.30 left at 11pm went ashore at 2pm till 7.30 on town Piquet arrived at Port Elizabeth 27th November at 6am left at 7.30 pm not allowed ashore arrived East London 5.0am on the 28th left at 1.30pm
Arrived Durban at 11 am on the 29th.Disembarked at 3pm.Proceeded to Camp on sea very new fence excellent YMCA embarked on the Arcadian at 9.30am left Durban at 5.30pm
5th December called at Dar- es - Salam Zanzibar arrived at Bombay on 21st December at 7.50 went ashore to YMCA went into the city on the Saturday for three hours had a good time. Left Bombay on Christmas Eve at 5.30 pm bright sunny day. Boiled bacon and two eggs for breakfast. Dinner boiled beef which was rotten and then soup Xmas Pudding Tea tinned mutton and pickles.
Arrived at the top of the gulf on Saturday 30th December at 7am transhipped from the Arcadian to the Rurneu at 12pm arrived at Basrah on Sunday 31st December at 1pm anchored in the river until 1st January 1917 Disembarked at 9am and proceeded to rest camp at Ashar.
Monday 1st Jan 1917
First day in Mesopotamia transhipped from ship onto lighters and proceeded up river to depot. Viceroy Pier landed at 9am no work one parade allowed out at 4pm-7pm
Tues. Jan 2nd 1917
Parade 9am allowed out 4-7pm in the town went to pay office drew 20 rupees
Wed. Jan 3rd 1917
Paraded at 9am foot drill 10-11 rifle drill 2pm picked for guard
Mounted watch 6.30 on all night
Sat 6th January
06 Joined T20 as engineer in charge-twin screw boat oil driven engine 3 native drivers and 3 firemen Swansea skipper
This week my first in Mesopotamia has been very interesting on the whole have had good weather conditions.