Sat 15 Aug. 1914
(Leave the Firs before dawn). It pours with rain, we all go to large rest camp at Southampton, while it continues to pour. A. Squadron officers go into town for lunch and nearly get left behind. A long and tedious day embarking.
Sun 16 Aug. 1914
A little peace on the ship. Arrive after lunch, a most difficult dis-embarkation, as the fittings of the boat were constructed in 3 days. My squadron is the last off. Tie up in a huge cotton shed, and sleep on the bales there.
Mon 17 Aug. 1914
A route march, practise sword exercises. We go into Havre and dine at a big restaurant. Big thing, the whole place full of “entente cordial”.
Entrain late at night.