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MEMORABLE EXTRACTS FROM THE 1957/58 DIARIES OF JOHN DEVEY
John Devey started the ball rolling when he set out to find ex Winterberg staff. These extracts from his diaries are recorded as a tribute to him
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THE 'ON' AND 'OFF' REFERS TO WATCH DUTY

SAT 19TH JAN 1957 'ON'

WROTE TO MOM IN THE MORNING
IN THE DARKROOM WITH PAT AND JIM ALL AFTERNOON
LENT JACKO £1 (12DM.)

MONDAY 21ST JANUARY 1957 'OFF'

BED IN THE MORNING 'OFF'
SKIING IN THE AFTERNOON
DEWDROP IN THE EVENING TO SEE 'JUMPING FOR JOY'
NOT A BAD DAY. SAW 'NOTHERN LIGHTS'

FRIDAY APRIL 5TH. 1957 'ON'

200 DAYS, TODAY WITHOUT A D.O.R.  WE MADE IT.

SUNDAY 26th MAY 1957 'ON'

PLAYED ASSINHAUSEN. DREW 1-1 PLAYED A POOR GAME AT CENTRE FORWARD.
LEGS AND BACK AS STIFF AS HELL

SUNDAY 9TH JUNE 1957 'OFF'

MESSED ABOUT ALL MORNING
SWIMMING IN THE AFTERNOON
ON THE PISS DOWN TOWN AT THE 'FEST'
IN BED AT 3.30 AM. GOOD NIGHT !

SUNDAY 7TH JULY 1957 'OFF'

SWIMMING ALL DAY AS USUAL
THE NIGHT JASPER BOUGHT A COW FOR 10 FAGS.
WHAT A LAUGH

WEDNESDAY 2ND AUGUST 1957 'OFF'

GOT FILM READY AND MESSED ABOUT ALL MRNING
SWIMMING ALL AFTERNOON,VERY NICE
SHOWED CASBAR AT THE DEWDROP IN THE EVENING
PETE HOYES DEMOB PARTY AT NIGHT

WEDNESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 1957 'OFF'

POURING WITH RAIN AS USUAL
DID NOT DO MUCH IN THE MORNING
DEWDROP IN THE AFTERNOON FOR COFFEE
ON GUARD IN THE EVENING
ANDY McGUIRE HAD HIS DEMOB PARTY

WEDNESDAY 25TH SPETMEBER 1957 'ON'

PLAYED WITH WELSHE'S BIKE IN THE AFTERNOON. NO JOY
MESSED ABOUT IN GENERAL AFTER THAT
LETTER FROM MOM

SUNDAY 6TH OCTOBER 1957 'OFF'

HAD A NICE HOT BATH IN MORNING
DEWDROP IN THE EVENING WITH BOB COOK
GUARD DUTY IN THE EVENING

THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 1957 'ON'

PAY DAY £3.5.0 I WEEK'S PAY
MESSED THE MORNING AWAY AFTER PAY PARADE
ON WATCH IN THE AFTERNOON
SHOWED FILM AT NIGHT. NOT TOO BAD REALLY
PETE SWELL LEFT HERE TODAY.  BULL NIGHT

MONDAY 2ND DECEMBER 1957 'OFF'

THE OLD MAN WRAPPED THE KOMBI ROUND A TREE
PLAYED SNOOKER IN THE AFTERNOON
DEWDROP IN THE EVENING TO SEE 'BRINK OF HELL'
NO MAIL

MONDAY 23RD DECEMBER 1956 'OFF'

CHANGING FRQUENCY
BIT OF TROUBLE FROM THE C.O. SOON FIXED HIM
ON THE BEER ALL NIGHT LONG

FRIDAY 17TH JANUARY 1958 'OFF'

NORMAL SORT OF MORNING OFF
DOWN THE DEWDROP WITH JOHN BLACK IN THE AFTERNOON
DARKROOM MOST OF THE EVENING THEN THE NORDHANG WITH JOHN BLACK

SUNDAY 26TH JANUARY 1958 'OFF'

NORMAL SORT OF MORNING
DEWDROP IN THE AFTERNOON FOR AN HOUR
MESCEDE FEST AT NIGHT. GOT BACK AT 3.30 AM
GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL

SUNDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 1958 'OFF'

MESSED ABOUT ALL MORNING
NORDHANG IN THE AFTERNOON WITH JOHN, JIM AND HARRY
NORDHANG AGAIN AT NIGHT FOR DEMOB PART. MARVELLOUS

FRIDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 1958 'OFF'

THE GREAT DAY
DEMOB AT LAST.
 

 

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