Edward Roe in Port Said - 22 January, 1916

from Diary of an old contemptible : private Edward Roe, East Lancashire Regiment, from Mons to Baghdad, 1914-1919, pages 139-140:

22 January: Anchored off Port Said at 7.00am... [The] Battalion disembarks at 1.00 am and pitch camp on a desert patch near the docks and close to [an] Arab town. No NCO or man was allowed to leave camp until orders were given to that effect; nevertheless thirty men succeeded in evading picquets and police and got drunk in quick time on spirits... Of course it is very hard to restrain men who have been cooped up in a hell like Gallipoli for months. The Band of the 11th Battalion East Lancs played selections from 6.00 until 7.00 pm in the evening (I believe it was the 11th Battalion).
cite as

Edward Roe, and Peter Downham (ed.), Diary of an old contemptible : private Edward Roe, East Lancashire Regiment, from Mons to Baghdad, 1914-1919 (Barnsley, 2004), p. 139-140. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1402500139769 accessed: 24 September, 2017

location of experience: Port Said

Listeners

Edward Roe
labourer, Soldier
1886-1952

Experience Information

Date/Time 22 January, 1916
Medium live

Notes

Edward Roe was a professional soldier who enlisted in 1905. He served with the East Lancashire Regiment, went onto the Active Reserve list in March 1914, and was recalled to active service at the outbreak of war in August 1914.


Originally submitted by hgb3 on Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:22:19 +0100