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.
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.