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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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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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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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)

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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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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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. 14th

Fine day.  Set sail this P.M. at 3:30.  Nine ships with us.  All going together.

 


(France)

Wednesday Feb. 14th

Gas drill + short hike this A.M. Drill with guns


this P.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.

 


(Canada, at sea)

Saturday Oct 13th

Felt fine this A.M.  Pulled into Halifax about 9:30 A.M.  Other transports besides ours loaded with American troops.  Took on some Canadians.  Loaded on provisions this P.M.  Nothing doing this evening.

 


(France)

(No entry for February 13)

 


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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.

 


(Canada, at sea)

Friday Oct 12th

Rough & rocking.

Everybody sea sick.  Stayed up on deck nearly all day & tried to sleep when not sick.  Didn’t eat all day.

 


(France)

Tuesday Feb. 12th

Fine day. Drill this A.M. Moved into different barracks this P.M.  Saw a Boch airplane bring down an observation balloon.

 


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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.

 


(In Canada, on the St. Lawrence River)

Oct. 11th Thursday

Still going up river.


No excitement.  Have to wear life belts at all times now.  Felt as though had wash board around neck.  Lots of snow on hills.  Cold, getting rough to-night.

 


(In France)

Monday Feb. 11th

Fine Day.  Went around town exploring trenches + dugouts.

 


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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.

 


(Left Connecticut for Canada)

Oct. 10th Wednesday

Arrived at Montreal about 6 A.M. at docks.  Boarded boat by 7:00 A.M.  got 3rd class quarters – Rotten -.  Set sail about 10 o’clock.  Up St. Lawrence R.  Pretty scenery.  Poor grub.  Arrived in Quebec about 8 P.M.  Took on some Servians. (Servian is an archaic word for Serbian.)  Saw rats around bunks when went to bed.

 


(Still in France)

Sunday Feb. 10th

Detrained at about 4 A.M. at Braisne. Unloaded our Fords etc.  Had breakfast + started out in Flivers. Ate dinner at a town all shot to pieces. Continued in afternoon thru wrecked towns + landed at CheVregny. Town completely wrecked – not a house left.  I Live in barracks – some in dugouts. Got a better sleep.

 


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