31 December 1916 – James arrives back in Milford Haven after his Christmas Leave; loses his purse on the train; can’t find HMT Nodzu in the dark.

DIARY: Arrived back from leave 31 December 1916 Sunday HMS Nodzu Milford Dear Mother & Father I arrived back at Milford station at 12.30 midnight after a rocky passage.  We ran well to Crewe but after that it was a worm race.  We had to change at about ½ dozen places.  However eventually we arrived… Continue reading 31 December 1916 – James arrives back in Milford Haven after his Christmas Leave; loses his purse on the train; can’t find HMT Nodzu in the dark.

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23 December 1916 – James goes home on leave until 31 December 1916

DIARY:  Leave James went on leave, back to his parents in Grimshaw Lane, Middleton Junction. Although no-one knew it, this was to be his last Christmas at home. His leave ended on 31 December 1916. Grimshaw Lane: Middleton Junction at the time: