This blog contains the diary entries of Henry Harris "Harry" Murray, who enlisted with the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) on September 29, 1915. Harry kept a daily record of his activities as a member of its renowned band from January 1 to March 22, 1916, and subsequently served overseas for the war's duration.
Sunday, 3 January 2016
Monday, January 3, 1916
On fatigue duty in Band mess. Jack Munroe [John Robert, 223062, Stellarton, NS]* is laid up with sore arm. Am beating bass drum. Pay day. At Strand [Theatre, predecessor to Neptune] tonight. Downtown in eveing [sic]. Band at Arena. Bowling- 25-4 [sic]. Bob Roy [Robert H., 223072, Westville, NS] home, Illness of mother. Allie McDonald also. Illness of his son. [Alexander Robert, 223081, Stellarton, NS, was married at the time of enlistment. He was also a band member.]
Pte. John Robert "Jack" Munroe, 223062
Pte. Robert Hugh "Bob" Roy, 223072
Pte. Alexander Robert "Allie" MacDonald, 223081
*: Where possible, individuals mentioned in Harry's daily entries have been identified using the comprehensive personnel list printed in Lt. Col. Joseph Hayes' The 85th in France and Flanders (Halifax, Royal Print & Litho Ltd., 1920). Information includes the soldier's attestation number and hometown.