Reims: 23rd May 1945 by quietpurplehaze

Reims: 23rd May 1945

When I opened my dad's last tiny daily diary (he wrote his memoirs up from them as he went along) this loose leaf fell out and I've taken my information below from it for today's post):


"At Reims, breakfast was grand, creamed oats, 2 eggs, white bread, butter and jam. Tea. Feeling OK but stomach is slightly unsettled still. Left camp at 9 a.m. and travelled about 30 kilometres to airfield. Awaited planes until 1.30 p.m., when we boarded and left at 1.45 p.m.

Good journey in Lancaster to England. I was sick only once 10 mins before we landed at somewhere near Oxford (Westcott). Here we received cigs, tea and cakes. Boarded lorry and travelled for about 90 mins, via High Wycombe.

The camp is in the country near St Giles. Sent telegram and filled in forms. Received £5 advanced pay. Bought up 28 days' rations and 240 cigs, 1lb choc, bag of sweets, 6 matches also 1 bottle of 'Nufix' £1-4s-11d

Had supper in NAAFI of tea, spam, beans and chips. Good bed and good sleep."


from my dad's diaries 1941-45
© The Second World War Experience Centre.
© IWM (5193) 1981.
lovely handwriting
May 23rd, 2016  
Such a special thing to share - thanks - he wrote a good journal and it is so good that you have it in your keeping.
May 23rd, 2016  
This is great .. and well presented image.. what a fantastic thing to have in your keeping..
May 23rd, 2016  
Feeling thankful no doubt to be back in England from a very hard experience. Beautifully presented.
May 23rd, 2016  
A lovely presentation of this documentation of your father's day -- lovely hand writing
May 23rd, 2016  
Thanks so much for sharing your dad's daily diary entries which took us through his WWII experience. Wonderful photo, presentation
May 23rd, 2016  
A wonderful insight into his time. Very special.
May 23rd, 2016  
a lovely historical snippet
May 23rd, 2016  
Another great excerpt and photo :)
May 23rd, 2016  
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This is great, Hazel.
May 23rd, 2016  
Home at last a sigh of relief from me with this good news. A great detailed diary entry in which I can share with him every step of the way.
May 23rd, 2016  
Amazing memory for you. Such neat handwriting but little joy on being back in England expressed he must have been exhausted.
May 23rd, 2016  
I like the shot you've used here. Goes well with the feeling of today's diary entry I think, the flower representing the better times he is seeing in his daily entry, being back in England and " he only threw up once". :-)
May 23rd, 2016  
Lovely, Hazel.
May 23rd, 2016  
Lovely photo. His handwriting is so neat. All those rations for less than two pounds.
May 23rd, 2016  
Wonderful image and processing. How fortunate that he did so much writing and that it was kept and taken care of so well.
May 23rd, 2016  
how special this is...i like the way you have presented this precious piece of your dad's memorabilia...
May 23rd, 2016  
a great summary of what had happended that day. Love the comp of this shot!
May 23rd, 2016  
Lovely that he was back in England, love the stories.
May 23rd, 2016  
So very interesting. Handwritten diaries are amazing!
May 23rd, 2016  
Wonderful picture and story. Congratulations on making the Trending Page. Well deserved.
May 23rd, 2016  
Lovely to see the actual pages written & thank you dad for having such exemplary writing that's so easy to read. You can tell by his handwriting that your dad is very attentive to detail & methodical. It must have been very emotional arriving back in his home country & the same soil as his family after all those years.
May 23rd, 2016  
awesome detail love the flower across the page
May 23rd, 2016  
Beautifully presented and what a lot he got for his money then! Bet everyone was so pleased to know he was safe, I assume that's what his telegram was about. Thank you for sharing these precious memories.
May 23rd, 2016  
Wow, so special!
May 23rd, 2016  
Beautifully captured and presented Hazel, such an interesting and moving account of you dads final days in war torn Europe:)
May 23rd, 2016  
Nicely done Hazel. Nice tribute to your Dad.
May 24th, 2016  
Wonderful! We really enjoy his diaries.
May 24th, 2016  
Great tribute pic. to you Dad`s dairy.
May 24th, 2016  
I like how you have framed this. Lovely soft colours.
May 24th, 2016  
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