JOURNAL BY WALTER BAKER OF HIS FIRST WORLD WAR EXPERIENCE - Regt. 547, 5th Battalion, 10th Irish Division of the Royal Irish Regiment (Signals)

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Purge out of every heart the lurking grudge. Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us grace to accept and to forgive offenders &forget ourselves, Help us to bear cheerfully the forgetfulness of others. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends soften to us our enemies. Bless us if it maybe in all our innocent endeavours. If it may not be give us the strength to accept that which may come, That we maybe brave in peril inconstant tribulation intemperate wrath And in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of hell loyal and loving one to another. As the clay to the potter as the windmill to the wind as children of their sire we beseech of thee this help and mercy for Christs sake. Wally Baker was the father of the copyright holders Martin &Alec Baker. Copyright –Alec &Martin Baker 1-09-2013 __________________________________________________________________________ TIME LINE OF WALTER BAKERS DIARY (Dates in the diary are asset paragraph headings) AUG. 4 th 1914 -outbreak of war with Germany. At the age of 19 Walter (Wally) left his gardening job in Radstock Somerset for Bath and enlisted in ‘Kitcheners Army –in the GSI. AUG 31 st, 1914 -TAUNTON SOMERSET –allocated to the Somerset Light Infantry to help makeup the first half million of ‘Kitcheners Army’. SEPT 3 rd 1914- FISHGUARD TO WATERFORD -by cattle boat! One of the hundreds of English soldiers sent to augment the Royal Irish Regiment battalions. FERMOY -transferred to the 5th Battalion Royal Irish Regt (Signals) of the 10 th Irish Division. This regiment fought at Gallipoli Salonika and Palestine during the First World War -the first Irish Division ever to take the infield war. It was based at the major garrison town of Fermoy on the River Blackwater north of Cork. OCT 3rd 1914 -DUBLIN Portobello barracks- one of the dozen or whoso volunteered for a signalling course of 3-4 months. This involved learning Semaphore Morse signalling with flags, heliograph lamps &"Morse Tappa". CHRISTMAS 1914 –given home leave JAN 3 rd 1915 –back to Portobello Dublin.
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