Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(England, crossing the English Channel, France)

Oct. 28th Sunday

Wrote letters this A.M.  Went on a short hike this P.M.  Downtown this evening and had a feed.

Monday Oct. 29th

Up early this A.M.  Rolled packs to go away.  Left about 1 P.M.  Down to boat + waited till about 5 before off.  Left Southampton + went across to Havre (sic) France.  Awful trip across.  Very rough + no place to sleep.  Oct. 30th Arrived about 10 A.M.  Long hike to camp.  All up hill.  In tents again on board floors.  Raining + muddy.  Lots of Canadians here. 7/8 of them are Americans.  Good night’s sleep.

Wed Oct 31st

Rolled packs this A.M.  Late mess. Left this P.M. for R.R. station.  Long and hard hike. 2 hrs. About 7 miles.  Had to wait 6 hrs. for train.  Boarded train about


12:15 this evening.  Rotten sleep.  8 in small compartment.  Like Eng. Trains.

 


(France)

Thursday Feb. 28th

Nothing much doing today.  Worked on cars some this P.M. Got orders tonight to be ready to go to Front tomorrow.

 


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The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(England)

Oct. 27th Saturday

On detail to unload provisions at freight yards.  Downtown tonight . Feed + bath.

 


(France)

Wednesday Feb 27th

On K.P. all day.  Drove up to front this eve – took some “C” men up + brought back some of our fellows – they returned tonight. Awful night. Dark as pitch – raining hard.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(England)

Oct. 26th Friday

Fine day. Nothing doing in particular. Quite cold. Downtown this evening and had a feed.

 


(France)

Tuesday Feb. 26th

Worked on cars all day. The Bosch shot down a balloon that was up over our heads here this P.M. Some noise.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(England)

Oct. 25th Thursday

On Kitchen.  Up at 4 A.M.  Still lots of mud.  Broke camp after breakfast + to station + boarded.  Arrived in Southampton about 11 A.M. 3 mile walk to camp.  Fine country.  Mud.  Lots of Americans downtown tonight + had a good feed.

 


(France)

Monday Feb. 25th

Off guard at 5 P.M.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(England)

(October 24 was part of the October 23 entry.)

 


(France)

Sunday Feb. 24th

Worked on cars this A.M.

On guard this P.M.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(At sea, then England)

Tuesday Oct 23rd

Saw land for first time since left this A.M.


Left two or three freighters at Glascow (sic) I guess.  Going around northern coast of Ireland.  Can see Irish coast very plainly this P.M.  Going faster.  Arrived in Liverpool about 6 P.M.  Off the boat & right onto the train.  On train all night.  Queer trains.  Small, jerky.  Didn’t sleep much.  8 of us in one [24th Oct.] compartment.  Arrived at Borden about 5:30 A.M.  About 2 mile hike to camp with packs.  Got straightened out this A.M.  Pretty cold.  Fine country.  Large encampments here.  Lots of other Americans.  Rain & blowing.  Mud.

 


(France)

Saturday Feb 23rd

Same old stunt.  No excitement.

 


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The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(At sea)

Monday Oct. 22st

Raining. Very stormy & rough.

 


(France)

Friday Feb. 22nd

Fussed on cars. Nothing much doing.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(At sea)

Sunday Oct 21st

Raining, rather windy.  Met our convoys this P.M.

 


(France)

Thursday Feb. 21st

Worked on cars this A.M.

Worked in kitchen grinding coffee this P.M.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(At sea)

Saturday Oct. 20th

Cold to-day. Have got a cold.  Nothing doing all day.  Rather rough this evening.

 


(France)

Wednesday Feb. 20th

On K.P. all day.  Mail tonight – 3 letters.

 


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The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(At sea)

Friday Oct. 19th

Colder.  Same sort of weather.  Sighted a ship this P.M. which proved to be a freighter.

 


(France)

Tuesday Feb. 19th

Fussed with Flivers all day.  Nothing much doing for us.

 


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The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(At sea)

Thursday Oct 18

Cold this A.M.  Hail storm in morning. Cloudy all day.  Nothing doing.

 


(France)

Monday Feb. 18th

Worked on cars all day. Fooled around.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(At sea)

Wednesday Oct. 17

Foggy this A.M.  Clear this P.M.  Concert by fellows this evening.

 


(France)

Sunday Feb. 17th

Fine day.  Took an all day walk + went nearly to 3rd lines.  Saw a German plane brought down this A.M.

 


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The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(At sea)

Tuesday, Oct. 16th

Very foggy.  Boats going straight ahead today.  No excitement.

 


(France)

Saturday Feb. 16th

Cold. Off guard at 4:30 this P.M.  Appointed a driver again.  The Company went to trenches tonight.  Bob Skinner drove my car up.

 


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The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(At sea)

Monday Oct. 15th

Fine day.  On guard this A.M.  No excitement.

 


(France)

Friday Feb. 15th

Gas drill + gun drill this A.M. Went on guard at 4:30 P.M. Cold tonight

 


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