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.
Thursday, 4 February 2016
Friday, February 4, 1916
Usual drill. Called to band room for lecture and B. S. from Bat. Sgt. Major. Band up in arms after his departure. The biggest growl yet. Get your belts cleaned boys. Bandageing [sic] in afternoon. 85th Hockey team vs 64th [Battalion]. Won by 85th score 3 - 4. Peck [cannot locate in Hayes' index - not a band member] absent all day and night. Thompson [possibly George C., Oxford, NS, 223419, killed at Passchendaele on October 29, 1917; or William R., Brooklyn, PEI, 222125, killed at Lens on June 18, 1917] went away today. Jas. Fraser here from Truro. Made call on [Miss?] Gillingham in evening. Cold. J. Roy [band member James, 223066, Westville, NS] and R. McDougall [possibly band member Ronald, 223122, Pictou, NS] home.