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Fri. 28 (cont.) After leaving the Pay Office Syd Hodges & I went over to the War Chest Club, where we got a good 3 course meal for 1/-. Then I went down to Liverpool St Station to meet Sam Ibbs. Had to wait some time for his Train to arrive, so went for a stroll. Purchased pair of Gloves 10/6 & attache case 7/6 one £ gone. Met Ibby. He looks very well & the uniform of the R.N.A.S suits him. Went & had a Feed, then caught the Train to Stone. We had a great old yarn coming down in the Train. 11½ years since we saw each other so we found plenty to talk about.

Arrived Stone about 8.30. Sam's wife & Kiddy & sister were there to meet us. Sam's Mother greeted us warmly & after a warm by a roaring Fire, Sam's wife dished us out a good Feed of Tripe & Onions, which went down well. Then we sat around the Fire, & had a good old yarn. Ibby's wife is a very nice person, & a thorough Business woman. She was very much interested in Lill's picture & said I was lucky – why, of course I am. We went to Bed about 11. Here I discovered a hot water bottle which made good company, & I slept peacefully by its side till about 8 on

Sat. 29. when I was awakened by Fanny Buckley bringing me a cup of Tea. After that I got up & had Breakfast. Then we all went

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