Friday 10th March, 1944

Alec’s diary continues:

Slept well. Woke up to find most of bedclothes on floor. Had breakfast with John who did not have a very busy night. Walked out to Mutley Plain for sandwiches and newspaper. Took Chas. and my cases to cloakroom at North Road and had a coffee in refreshment room. Read paper then went for a walk on the Hoe. Saw plenty of naval activity and flying boats in the Sound. Walked around to the ‘Mayflower Stone‘ then cut through town to Riza’s where I had lunch at 12.0 noon. To hotel at 12.30 p.m. then out to Friary via Mutley Plain. Relieved Chas at 1.0 p.m. sharp. Says things just going to get busy. Very true. Went up to town at 4.15 p.m. after food. Bought half dozen jam tarts but could not find a sweet shop.

Returned to yard at 4.25 p.m. in time to take 9.30 a.m. Yeoford (next train). John came back at 10.0 p.m. Shunter gave me a lift back to Mutley Plain in his car. Walked from there to North Road. Recovered my suitcase from Cloak Room. Lot of noisy sailors on station. Train arrived 11.10 p.m. Got in and read book till we left at 11.30 p.m. Slept to Newton Abbot.


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