Category Archives: 1941/01

January 26th 1941 – Habbaniya, Iraq


Habbaniya, Iraq. More drinks with the Americans (Joe Carroll) who get off at Al-Khamshah. We land at Basra, are met by an RAF Sergeant and then catch the evening train to Baghdad. The Customs pinch my .22 and shotgun. Basra … Continue reading

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January 22nd 1941 – at sea


Spent a day in Bushire in a gale and fog, waiting for the dhows to come off. Eventually cleared and they came out. The Americans gave a party last night and we all go into a cabin – 12 of … Continue reading

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January 19th 1941 – at sea


Bahrain Isles – we all four go ashore here and after purchasing a few things, call on Pringle’s friend Dunn, manager of the bank here. We have a beer and then get into a taxi and say “Club”. He takes … Continue reading

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January 18th 1941 – at sea


Lingah – an old Persian town and apparently mostly uninhabited. After a long delay boats come off to the shop and the confusion and noise of mooring and unloading is phenomenal, worse than anything encountered in India, everyone shouting at … Continue reading

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January 17th 1941 – at sea


Reached Kuhawei this morning, a small island off Oman Peninsula leased as a naval depot. We land provisions for R.I.N. sloop present in the bay. Saw some nasty looking garfish. The Chief Engineer won’t tell me a thing as he … Continue reading

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January 16th 1941 – at sea


Yesterday called at Charbar in Persia. Matti (?) buildings and forts. Last night big seas gets up and I am twice soaked in my bunk before closing the port. A regular “repent sinners for the Lord is at hand” night. … Continue reading

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January 14th 1941 – S.S. “Barpeta”, at sea


S.S. “Barpeta” at sea – a party on 12th with Pete, Allan, self, Simon, Joan and Mary. A bit low. We go to the boat club and have supper and play the fool. Pete hurdles the chairs and tables and … Continue reading

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