10th September 1915

At Queensferry. Had to give evidence before the Commander today over a case of smoking in a prohibited place. One of our patients – suffering from chest and throat trouble too – had been caught smoking cigarettes by my mates and self several times on Monday and Tuesday. We cautioned him about it but to no good so we reported him to the Medical Officer who was treating him. The M. O. gave him a good talking to and explained the dangers of smoking with his complaint, and threatened to report him if any further trouble was experienced with him. Despite this, on Wednesday I caught him smoking again and reported him. The M. O. put him in the Commander’s report without further ado. The man came before the Commander this morning. The M. O. and myself gave evidence. Defendant had nothing to say. He was given 7 days No. 10 Punishment. This means extra work, drill and many other inconveniences for a week – all through a craze for smoking. I hope this man will learn a lesson. The moral is “Don’t smoke if you can’t control it”.

Reading the W. W. Mercury today I came across an account of the King and Queen’s visit to Plymouth on Wednesday. Lord Kitchener also accompanied them I believe. Plymouth was included in a Western tour of hospitals and other establishments under Army or Navy control. The R. N. Hospital was visited I read. There is nothing in the paper though about the presence of their Majesties at the launching of three submarine-destroyers at Devonport Dockyard. These vessels have been built very secretly and are mystery ships. They are to carry 6″ guns I’m told. I can hardly understand what sort of craft they are. I can hardly imagine a craft of the usual sub. model being able to submerge and come to the surface with such a heavy gun. Let’s hope however that these craft are to perform all that is claimed of them, altho’ I don’t think there can be a very large number of subs. left, as great have been the German losses. I think the Royal visit must have been kept very quiet beforehand and absolutely unadvertised. Plymouth ought to be a proud town I guess.

No letters have arrived today, the mails having been sent to Inverness by mistake.

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