Category Archives: Kingston (Jamaica)

6th March 1917

At Kingston. Preparations were soon in progress this morning for going to sea. Ship was unmoored, boats hoisted in and secured, steam raised, etc, etc. The postman – one of the “boys” – went ashore this morning and was able … Continue reading

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5th March 1917

At Kingston. The Carnarvon arrived most unexpectedly at 7 a.m. and in due course went alongside the coaling jetty. Soon rumours began to fly around – “she had come to relieve us”, “we were going to Bermuda”, also to England … Continue reading

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4th March 1917

At Kingston. Captain went “Rounds”. Owing to duties I was not able to attend Morning Service, but went to Holy Communion. One of our Surgeons is sick with dysentery. I went ashore at 1 p.m. and with two other fellows … Continue reading

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3rd March 1917

At Kingston. This is the day of much excitement amongst the men taking part in the Concert, and also amongst the folks on shore, who have been prepared for a good time. This morning’s paper contains a most ambitious account … Continue reading

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2nd March 1917

At Kingston. G. Q’s this forenoon. A parcel mail sent in December reached the ship today. As could only be expected after so long most of them were useless, their contents either having perished or suffered considerably throught their handling … Continue reading

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1st March 1917

At Kingston. The women from the liner were going ashore early this morning and they seemed in good spirits. I am told they are volunteer munition-makers, going to England at the expense of the Government. Some of our fellows went … Continue reading

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28th February 1917

At Kingston. The parcel of last night’s preparing was addressed by a strange hand this morning and given to the orderly to take to Miss B’s house. The orderly happens to be one of the fellows who occasionally goes to … Continue reading

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27th February 1917

At Kingston. Still having a very busy time in the Sick Bay and between 50 and 60 cases have to be seen. It is my watch ashore tonight but I have decided to remain aboard and get some photographs done … Continue reading

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26th February 1917

At Kingston. Two steamers arrived today with mails. There were 4 bags of mails for this ship, but I did not receive any letters. “The Yacht” Warrior has been fitted with wireless by our wireless operators, she is also being … Continue reading

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25th February 1917

At Kingston. Captain went “Rounds”. Went to Morning Service. I intended going to Holy Communion but had to attend to an officer, so missed the Service. After dinner I got a group taken of the fellows who have been gong … Continue reading

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24th February 1917

At Kingston. Earthquake shocks have been felt almost daily of late. This afternoon we felt a shock. I am watch ashore today and should have gone at 1 p.m. but owing to the amount of work I am remaining until … Continue reading

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23rd February 1917

At Kingston. Coaled ship this a.m. Practice and arrangements are being made for a concert to be given on shore, the newspapers of today having inserted this notification:- Arrangements for a Concert to be given by H.M.S. Roxburgh are being … Continue reading

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22nd February 1917

At Kingston. At 6-30 a.m. the Jeanne d’Arc moved out from the coaling jetty and went to Port Royal. I have been told by a fellow who went on board her last night that she was in the Dardanelles fighting … Continue reading

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21st February 1917

At Kingston. Landing parties go ashore at 6-30 a.m. these days, walk about 6 miles back to the Pier, and then aboard again – quite a morning “constitutional”. Our ship is getting quite hot at sports. Our football team has … Continue reading

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20th February 1917

At Kingston. Went ashore at 4 p.m. and with another fellow to the Marine Bathing Place. Had a nice swim although the sea was rather “choppy”, remaining in the water about an hour. Afterwards we went to Miss Berry’s House. … Continue reading

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19th February 1917

At Kingston. The six-funnelled French flagship Jeanne d’Arc arrived here at 8 a.m. and went alongside the coaling wharf. Admiral Grasset came aboard this ship this afternoon to see our Captain. I am watch aboard tonight and a very busy … Continue reading

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18th February 1917

At Kingston. At 6 a.m. the ship suddenly started shaking, just like as if the engines had been set going at full speed suddenly. When the liberty men came on board at 7 a.m. I was informed that an earthquake … Continue reading

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17th February 1917

At Kingston. I had to take a man to Hospital at 11-30 a.m. Whilst at the Hosp. I visited the man suffering from appendicitis. He is doing very well indeed but had a bad time at first. The R. A. … Continue reading

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16th February 1917

At Kingston. A message from the Hospital this morning stated that the patient had passed a good night and was progressing favorably. Went to G. Q’s at 9 a.m. until 10-30 a.m. Had a busy time and it was hot … Continue reading

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15th February 1917

At Kingston. I had to take a man suffering from appendicitis to Hospital this morning. He was in a bad condition and the awful drive to the Hosp. made him much worse. After examination at the Hosp. the Doctors decided … Continue reading

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14th February 1917

At Kingston. Mail closed today, so I wrote letters to Net and Miss Hockin – outstanding ones from them now being answered. It is my watch ashore but the Polo Team played tonight so I went with them. I was … Continue reading

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13th February 1917

At Kingston. R. M. S. P. C’s Tagus came in this morning. She brought 7 bags of mails for us. I had letters from you (14/1/17), Ma (14/1/17), Aunt Nina (12/1/17). All of you mentioned about the receiving of letters … Continue reading

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12th February 1917

At Kingston. This afternoon I had made arrangements to go ashore with the Football team as they were playing a match with Port Royal. I was just washing myself in preparation to go, when Surgeon Blanford came in with his … Continue reading

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11th February 1917

At Kingston. “Rounds” followed by Morning Service and Holy Communion. Church took place on the Q. D. under canvas screens, and during the Service a shark could be seen swimming about quite near to the ship. Another baited line has … Continue reading

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10th February 1917

At Kingston. Had an invitation to go with some English folk and a few of our fellows to the famous Hope Gardens here this afternoon. I was going to take my camera to get some snaps and quite made up … Continue reading

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9th February 1917

At Kingston. Left the Jetty at 7 a.m. and anchored in the Harbourage. Wrote to Jude this afternoon. Went bathing this evening. Leave granted from 4-30 p.m. to 7 a.m. tomorrow – this after piping the usual leave. Of course, … Continue reading

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8th February 1917

At Kingston. The natives started coaling again at 6 a.m, some 300 tons remaining to be taken in from yesterday, making 850 tons altogether. They finished coaling at 11 a.m. to most of our men’s gladness, for it has upset … Continue reading

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7th February 1917

At Kingston. The natives started coaling ship at 6 a.m. and have been on the go ever since, except for a stoppage for dinner, until now 10 p.m. Itis a wonder to me how they kept going so long, for … Continue reading

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6th February 1917

At sea. Jamaica came in view early this morning. The Captain decided yesterday, however, to do some small firing before going into harbour. Went to G. Q’s at 10-30 a.m. with the intention of doing the firing and exercising “Action”. … Continue reading

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29th January 1917

At Kingston. Four sharks were seen near the ship this morning about 8-30 a.m. – one a very large fish. The Surgeon from the Dutch cruiser came on board this morning and was shown over the ship by one of … Continue reading

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28th January 1917

At Kingston. Fell in on Q. D. at 9 a.m. and proceeded to shore in boats. When all party landed were marched through the town headed by our band to St. George’s Church. This is quite a fine Church for … Continue reading

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