31 July 1916 – Starts Physical Training; food & drink; Zeppelin raid

31 July 1916 Dear Parents Just a line to let you know how I am getting on. We went into the Physical Training Instruction class yesterday and I can tell you that it was the warmest work I have ever done in my life.  I enjoyed it alright but my shirt was wet through.  However… Continue reading 31 July 1916 – Starts Physical Training; food & drink; Zeppelin raid

30 July 1916 – James sees the sites in London as well as the wounded soldiers.

30 July 1916 Sunday J Simpson MZ 1831 Miscellaneous Signals Port Depot Crystal Palace London SE Dear Parents We had a good day in London yesterday.  We got away from the Palace about 2 and proceeded to London by rail.  We saw Westminster Abbey and then went along the Embankment to Temple Bridge and got… Continue reading 30 July 1916 – James sees the sites in London as well as the wounded soldiers.

28 July 1916 – Squad and rifle drill, the YMCA, food, discipline.

Friday July 28 1916 Crystal Palace Dear Parents Many thanks for parcel containing socks, Belt and handkerchief. The belt is quite alright but I shall have to alter the buttons and make it shorter.  If you make another make it so that I can draw it to my body with tapes.  I have now been… Continue reading 28 July 1916 – Squad and rifle drill, the YMCA, food, discipline.

26 July 1916 – James’s 2nd letter; settling in at the Crystal Palace Training Ground

Letter No 2 July 25th – 26th 1916   My Dear Mother & Father I suppose by this you will have received my first letter & you will see how I have fared so far. As we were coming along we saw an aeroplane and a Balloon and this place is full of RNAS men… Continue reading 26 July 1916 – James’s 2nd letter; settling in at the Crystal Palace Training Ground

25 July 1916 – James’s first letter, leaving Manchester, via Liverpool to London, Crystal Palace

DIARY: Proceeded via Liverpool to Crystal Place. Drew days pay, 9d, abroad HMS Eagle, Liverpool. In train en route for Crystal Palace (I could not get the post last night) Dear Mother & Father I think I had better let you know all the incidents that have happened so far. The old engine driver saw… Continue reading 25 July 1916 – James’s first letter, leaving Manchester, via Liverpool to London, Crystal Palace