Cruising the River Cam August 1937

This a diary kept by two young men, Gordon “Sammy” Samuel and Donald “Snick” Elsden while on a holiday cruise along the River Cam in August 1937. Donald was just turned 18 and would have left school that summer, Sammy would be 18 in the autumn. Donald went to work as a trainee scientist at the Low Temperature Research Station, in Cambridge. He was a very physical and active young man, rowing, playing rugby and squash in the winter, cricket and tennis in the summer, swimming, fishing, shooting… helping his parents in their pub the Portland Arms… an idyllic life. In August 1939 he was called up to join the army in preparation of war… he did not return to civilian life until 1946.