ENSIGN DONALD B KING, USNRF
Title: 1918 - 1919 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT WORLD WAR I DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY AN ENSIGN IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY RESERVE FORCE
Book Condition: Good+
Size: 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall
Publisher: ABOARD THE USS MELVILLE LONDON ENGLAND  1918
Seller ID: 0002150
On offer is an interesting 1918 - 1919 manuscript diary handwritten by Ensign Donald B King USNRF from Williamsport Pennsylvania aboard the USS Melville to London England. Dated December 20 1918 with the last entry July 4th 1919 writes a succinct 19 pages which includes 3-4 pages of addresses. The diary has a later May 23rd 1920 letter to his Father. Here are some snippets: "Left Charing Cross Station London at 11 AM had lunch on train with Captain Thomas Yale also James and Dole, boarded channel steamer and left Folkstone at 2:15 Bologne France…Walked about town and Dole and I gave rooms to 4 Red Cross Nurses. Reported at Headquarters 12 noon, bag opened and empty, then to Hotel Crillon, Saw Carner, Tew, Streaker. Went to Union Cub met Miss Hughes ate dinner Louvre met Stucknewy and MCleod then walked about town with Dole… Received Bread coupons went to Eiffel Tower back to Crillon and then to Continental… Walked about town with Dole, saw movie…Went to movies met two girls came back to Hotel. Busy all morning with passports. Met Hutchinson American Trench Army… Went to movies met two girls came back to hotel. Stopped for dinner at Modane, France on border, Left Modane, 2 hours later arrived Turin Italy…Saw Mediterranean Sea arrived Rome 11:30 AM…Went aboard HMT Huntskill next day at 1:30 PM and sailed at 3 PM. Arrived at Salonika Greece this morning and put up a British Officers Club…Passed thru Northern Greece and 200 miles of Southern Bulgaria arrived in Constantinople and stayed at the British Officers Club. Left Constantinople on Australia liner Katoomba and arrived at Varna Bulgaria…Met Todd and Officers on A relief ship Westmount, Capt Moor and Lieut Kchachdoonian arrived Batum…American Red Cross Girl arrived April 3 tea at Consulate Sunday." Overall G+.
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