February 10, 1917

Saturday [Folkestone]

On parade till 9.30 then QM parade. Had 1/2 holiday. Still CB‘ed. Roll call. Got two letters from Cyn. Much milder.

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7 Responses to February 10, 1917

  1. “Cyn” was my grandmother Cynthia — they were not yet married at the time

  2. Stuart Jones says:

    I think CB = confined to barracks. Will check with my son.

  3. Stuart, I think so as well — I put a link to that definition on the term since that was all that I could find that seemed to fit.

  4. Mike George says:

    Hi Sandy,
    I’ve just come across Frank’s Journal. It is a wonderful piece of history. Would you have any objection to me posting a link on my site to take visitors to your blog? As you will see, Coast of Conflict is the story of south Kent here in the UK, which includes Shorncliffe Camp. I feature the Canadians quite strongly and it would be great to have a day by day account from one who was actually here during the Great War.
    All the best,

  5. Mike, that would be great — always happy to have more readers of my grandfather’s journal. His father, my great-grandfather, immigrated to Canada as a teenager with his family from the Kent area, although we’ve never been able to trace the exact location.

    • Mike George says:

      Great, I’ll work on the link and let you know when done. If you let me have your Great grandfather’s full name & DoB (email me if your would prefer), I’ll see if I can find anything about him in Kent.

      • Frank’s father was Thomas Kemsley (1862-1939). Thomas’ parents were William Kemsley (1834-1911) and Mary [maiden name unknown] (1836-1887). William and Mary emigrated from County Kent in England to Picton, Ontario (Canada) when their sons were probably teenagers, since all three sons came with them and were unmarried at the time — that would have put it somewhere from the mid 1870’s to mid 1880’s. My father remembered his grandfather (Thomas) speaking with a distinctly English accent, which means that he couldn’t have emigrated much earlier than the age of 13-15, since that’s when people will lose their accent. One of Thomas’ brothers was named Johnny and stayed in Picton, the other brother moved west somewhere, no idea if he ended up in Canada or US. Unfortunately, William and Mary were the two of the most popular names in England at the time, so it’s hard to find a unique match.

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