August 11th 1914

11th August 1914 Tuesday
All bustle today, completing arrangements, hear we leave tomorrow for France – All excitement, everyone in best of spirits – Did bayonet practice during the morning – after dinner handed in all spare kit. Just keeping what we stood up in, plus a change of underclothing. Got finished up about 6 pm. Wife came to see me at Wellington Barracks but was not allowed in , owing to an order being issued to the effect that only wives of men married on the strength allowed in after 5 pm. Did all I knew to get her in but with no success – Feeling very downhearted this evening. Wife very low spirited and broke down very badly when it came to saying goodbye at 8.30 pm. Kissed her and our wee baby farewell through the railings. I felt the parting cruelly.

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