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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However time had to be occupied somehow or other &sport naturally was the main interest. Later competitions were introduced &fixtures made with various other units. Our first attempt was very encouraging &progressed as follows :Our team first. 1st Round Royal Irish Regt. 3 250th Artillery Brigade 3 Replay Royal Irish Regt. 4 250th Artillery Brigade 0 2nd Round Royal Irish Regt. 3 251st Artillery Brigade 2 After extra time: Semi-final Royal Irish Regt. 0 Div. Royal Engineers 0 Replay Royal Irish Regt. 0 Div. Royal Engineers 1 Ejected with honours! Our next competition was the Army Corps Cup involving dozens of units. Naturally our effort in this one was even more successful resulting as follows: 1st Round Royal Irish Regt. 9 Machine Gun Coy. 3 2nd Round Royal Irish Regt. 5 7th Wilts. Regt. 3 3rd Round Royal Irish Regt. 1 4th Kings Royal Rifles 0 4th Round Royal Irish Regt. 1 Scottish Horse 0 Semifinal Royal Irish Regt. 3 East Surrey 18th Div. 2 Final Royal Irish Regt. 12/2 Northumberland Field 2 Ambulance There were some grand games in this tourney &many of the players holding &professional status I now hold Runners Up medal which consists of 2 franc pieces welded together complete with name &regiment. I had a surprising &welcome visitor at this camp. My brother Billy who was “hanging out” at a village near Mons suddenly dropped in &of course chins wagged very excitedly all daylong. A few weeks later I was excused for the day &returned my visit to him. It was quite a few miles to ride cycling &on arriving at his billets one of his pals known to wireless fans as STANELLI welcomes me with the news that he had left for Blighty only an hour previously. Rotten luck but lucky for him. So I returned to my unit disappointed maybe but somehow I was pleased in the comfort that surely I soon would be making the same journey. It was only a case of any day now although there were notices in the orderly room that anyone wishing to continue in the services in the Army of Occupation would be requested to hand in their names. Now there has been quite a controversy on this Topic and it became a subject for very deep thinking insomuch that it was foreseeable that jobs in England would not be six a penny soto speak. Unemployment would no doubt abe serious problem. A few fellows certainly did offer their services for this Army on the Rhine but I was only impressed on one thing &one only –to“GO HOME” and on …FEB. 24th 1919 the remaining few of the unit entrained for Dieppe. Our troubles even now were not yet over. Arriving at this camp we had to subdue ourselves to be “deloused” -for the benefit of the lay mind our garments had to pass through the chamber which was reputed to kill these verminous insects &during that period we all had to stand about with just a towel to cover our nakedness. Physically we thought it avery poor arrangement &we all agreed that our garments were far from “aired” after they had been through that steaming process of delousing. I paid the penalty as during the period of our stay at Dieppe I caught a good cold.
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