It's now exactly 70 years since the troopships Staffordshire and Derbyshire sailed from Liverpool on Christmas Day 1942. British Army units board the Staffordshire included the 16th Battalion Durham Light Infantry and the 70th Field Regiment, RA. Aboard the Derbyshire units included the 2nd/5th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters. These are links to material already on my web site relating to the sailing of the ships on Christmas Day 1942:
Reminiscences of Christmas Day 1942 by C/Sgt W James, D Coy, 16 DLI.
A December 1942 Letter from the Troopship Staffordshire by Pte T Tunney, C Coy, 16 DLI.
A New Year's Day 1943 poem by C/Sgt W James, D Company, 16 DLI.
Memories of Christmas Day 1942 by CSM George Gates, HQ Coy, 16 DLI.
A signed 16th Durham Light Infantry Officers' Christmas Dinner Menu for 25/12/42.