Sunday, December 07, 2008

Wednesday 6th January 1943

11p.m. in my little home. The canteen opened at 5p.m. (we got the electric lights installed at 4:59p.m.!) A busy day and a busier evening. With my two fatigue men, who proved good men at the bar, I got rid of mass sandwiches, cakes, cigarettes and tea. Takings for the evening £5-75 ½ pts. There were no mass queues and no panics. “Smokey Joe” Whitfield, at the primus, worked like a hero. I didn't have much time to look around but when I did, the scene looked very much like a pleasant canteen,with the wireless on, and the bright lights; some men talking or playing darts, other quietly reading.


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