Our valiant travelers, the men of the 58th, felt lucky to arrive in Plymouth in one piece and alive. German U-boats had been taking a toll of troop ships off the coast of Ireland. Their escort probably deterred such an attack. A large contingent of locals greeted the ship as it entered the harbour.
On December 3, 1915 the 58th boarded a train for Liphook, in the Salisbury Plain. Along the route, townspeople gathered at track side to cheer the men and treat them like heroes. The terrain was low and flat, providing something more akin to the Ypres Salient. In other words, there was plenty of mud and gook. At Liphook, they disembarked and proceeded on a 12 km route march to Bramshott Camp.
Many of the men in the 58th were mostly of English, Scottish or Irish birth, so the arrival back in Britain gave them an opportunity to visit friends and family when they went on leave.
The story gets better! To be continued.