An account of Army Life During World War II
experienced by Bernard Welburn

last updated November 12, 2010



 

Epochs and Theatres of War
please follow the links below to visit each part of the story.

PRE-WAR

Middle-East + Egypt
Italy

 

 

Activities heading to and in the Middle East, and Egypt
Date Location Comments
3 Aug 42 Dhond, India Discharged to duty, joined unit at Dhond
17 Aug 42
- 4 Sep 42
Bangalore, India Went on leave.
Aug/Sep 42 Bangalore
Photograph watermarked with 'TS Rajoo & Sons - Bangalore' It is assumed this photo was taken on the leave mentioned above.
6 Sep 42 Jhansi, India Joined 2nd Echelon, Indian.
12 Sep 42 Dhond, India rejoined unit
18 Sep 42   Entrained
19 Sep 42 Bombay (Mumbai) arrived in the morning, marched 4 miles to Calabe[?] re-inforcement camp.
21 Sep 42 Alexandria ended up back here. (Monday morning)
23 Sep 42   Embarked on H.T "Neuralia", sailed on a Wednesday.
28 Sep 42 Persian Gulf Entered the Gulf in the morning, very "gharram" here. [Hindi - meaning hot]
1 Oct 42 Margil Port, Basra - Iraq Disembarked at 1600 hrs (thursday). Marched to Margil station + awaited a train due at 1900 hrs.
2 Oct 42 Az Zubayr, Basra - Iraq Entrained finally at 0030 hrs. Detrained at Zubaire and occupied 39 rest camp. Not a very brilliant outlook.
3 Oct 42 Shaiba Junction Entrained, headed for Baghdad at 1900 hrs.
4 Oct 42 Baghdad west, Iraq Arrived at 1030 hrs. Joined 2nd Echelon. Not a very well-run joint, and no living accomodation except roof over offices.
13 Oct 42

The British Institute Club

(White Lodge - Baghdad West)

Pianoforte Recital by Professor Julian Hertz

22 Oct 42 Baghdad west, Iraq Entrained at 1400 hrs (thursday).
23 Oct 42 Az Zubayr, Basra - Iraq Arrived at 1200 hrs. Brilliant looking joint to have to stay long in. Roll on Cairo!
Oct 42- May 43 Az Zubayr, Basra - Iraq Existed at 02E PAIFORCE for 7 months. Least said about the Iraq winter the better.
24 Dec 42
"1st Winter Meeting Zubair"
Horse racing on Christmas eve in Iraq!
25 Dec 42

Christmas Dinner Menu PAIFORCE Iraq

18 May 43 Az Zubayr, Basra - Iraq Departed Zubair for Baghdad.
19 May 43 Baghdad, Iraq entered 110 Transit Camp.
30 May 43   left in Navin convoy (8 ton trucks) for Damascus.
1 Jun 43 Damascus, Syria Arrived 0130 hrs (tuesday)
3 Jun 43 Haifa, Palestine Mandate Departed Damascus and arrived Haifa 0030 hrs.
5 Jun 43   Departed Haifa (saturday)
6 Jun 43 Cairo, Egypt Arrived Cairo main station. Happy days - back in Cairo at 02E MEF.
  Port Jewfih Did a weeks detatchment and a week at Amirya on Mors. Con. Work [?]
    Nice to meet all old friends Cecille, Eda, Laila, Addy Shuhari, Victoria, Lily Wafeya, George, Emille, Mumtaz, Haleem, Flora, Milad Raoof, Sonia, Bahiha, Jayfor Effendi + Mohammed Damendash.
24 Jun 43  
Written on reverse:
"This is not as good as I should have liked it to be darling, but with it goes all my ever fondest love + kisses
yours forever
Bernard.

Cairo - June 24th 1943"
27 Jun 43
Cinema ticket
Metro Cinema
2 Jul 43

Cinema ticket

2-7-43 handwritten on back

    Continued at 02E MEF as unit sep + carried on friendly relations with civilian friends. Strong urge to marry but thought twice and prevented same.
    Horror of Horrors - posted to 7th Queens Own Hussars - cavalry. Had applied for commission + prevented posting for a few days while having test at the ME OSB. Not reccomended for commn. President stated "It is a far cry from agricultural work to Orderly Room Sergeat". Apparently no Oxford accent - no double-barelled name - no commission.
27 Dec 43   Joined 7th (QO) Hussars and took up reigns of office ar ORS. Orderly Room in a pretty good state + can forsee a lot of hard work to lick it into shape.
22 Jan 44 Cairo Had a trip to Cairo + returned via Jamalia to collect stationary next day. Very nice to see old friends again.
23 Jan 44
Movement Order REVEILLE to CAIRO
27 Jan 44 Jayid Moved back to Jayid, to a new camp, Got a very good orderly room in a Nissan hut.
29 Jan 44 Bin Beida, Egypt Had one day at Fayid and moved to Bin Beida, south of Suez for trig [?] Very very cold here and rough compared to 02E
22 Feb 44
Movement order FANARA to ISMAILIA
Jan 44   Took part in Excercise "TUSSLE" - largest armoured manouvres ever held in Egypt. Hid in the Wadi HAGUL for a week + did own DR work with office truck. Horrible job across open desert + truck continually breaking down.
10 Mar? 44
Cinema ticket!
17 Mar 44 Ataqa, egypt Moved out again for Dryshod trig[?] (Combined Ops).
  Fayid Returned to same camp as before after Dryshod for another spell. Had 2 more trips to Cairo - very [?]
5 Apr 44
Movement order FANARA to CAIRO
9 Apr 44 Kabrit Moved out once again for Kabrit to do Wetshod trig[?] on comb. ops. on Easter Sunday, this time not to return.
16 Apr 44 Ras Muhaccara Easter Sunday moved to Ras Muhaccara on Ain Sukhna track to Suez to a camp close to the sea + prepared for emb-[embarkation?] Only luxury a dip in the sea every day. Horrible sandstorms most of the time.

 

Undated Paperwork from the middle east

Cinema Ticket

King Faisal Cinema Ticket - Iraq

Cinema Ticket

Zawbra Openair Cinema - Iraq?

Cinema Ticket

B.T.I Cinema
Shaibah

[Basra, Iraq]

Cinema Ticket

R.A.F Shaibah Cinema

[Basra Airbase, Iraq]

 

Epochs and Theatres of War
please follow the links below to visit each part of the story.

PRE-WAR

Middle-East + Egypt
Italy

 

 




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