Category Archives: Plymouth

13th June 1917

At Plymouth. This forenoon I had cause to feel elated at the possibility of being able to meet you tonight. The Commander seemed to think there would be leave tonight. After dinner, however, matters did not look so bright especially … Continue reading

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12th June 1917

At Plymouth. Preparations for taking in 120 tons of coal were in progress when I arrived on board at 7-30 a.m. I think this looks rather ominous. Commander returned to the ship last night, his ship went into Liverpool. Captain … Continue reading

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11th June 1917

At Plymouth. Returned on board at noon. On arrival aboard I saw one of the “Boys” – Remmos, Lance Corpl. – about to leave for Headquarters with four other marines. They are going to armed merchant steamers. Am sorry this … Continue reading

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9th June 1917

At Plymouth. Missed 7 a.m. boat by 8 minutes through train not running. Reported myself at the Signal Tower, Flagstaff Steps at 7.8 a.m. Boat came in at 8 a.m. for Officers and I went aboard. Saw Officer-of-Watch but there … Continue reading

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8th June 1917

At Plymouth. We went up the Hamoaze at 8-30 a.m. and secured to No. 6 Buoy. This latter business strikes me as being a wee bit ominous, for if we had come here for leave I think we should have … Continue reading

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22nd August 1916

At Devonport. The day of departure has arrived and last night is the last I shall spend with you for some time to come. Am afraid I was getting too used to coming home unexpectedly and so hoped to get … Continue reading

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21st August 1916

At Devonport. Sorry I was not able to carry out my wish of yesterday re going to Church. It was 6-30 p.m. when I arrived home and, as I hadn’t had tea, going to Church was out of the question. … Continue reading

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20th August 1916

(Sunday) At Devonport. Returned on board this morning feeling much happier than yesterday morning, because I have carried out my promise and so now we are engaged. I went home in a “blue” mood yesterday and Mother guessed right away … Continue reading

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19th August 1916

At Devonport. Returned on board at 7 a.m. I heard before getting on board that we would not leave today as first supposed, but probably Monday or Wednesday. When I heard this I said to one of my mates “Shall … Continue reading

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14th August 1916

At Devonport. Came aboard at 7 a.m. Feeling so happy after the trip ashore last night. Found you all looking well, so brown. It was grand to be with you again. Had draft examined this a.m. Phoned to Co-op to … Continue reading

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13th August 1916

(Sunday) At Devonport. Moved into basin this morning. Started coaling soon after. One part of the ship’s company are engaged in getting up all the provisions from the store-rooms and the others are coaling ship. The store-rooms have to be … Continue reading

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12th August 1916

At sea. Better weather, but foggy. Passed Eddystone about 5-30 p.m. Arrived in Sound at 6-15 p.m., passing troopship outward bound. Well there are signs of the intense heat experienced in Plymouth lately, the grass on the Hoe looking very … Continue reading

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10th November 1915

At Devonport. Practically a month has passed since I last made notes herein. During that time I have spent all except two nights at home and so have not had any cause to write notes for your edification. As I … Continue reading

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7th October 1915

At Plymouth. My rest was disturbed at 3-30 a.m. by the men working on the forecastle. The anchor was being weighed and tugs taking us in tow to go up the harbour. At 6-30 a.m. when I turned out it … Continue reading

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6th October 1915

At sea. A glorious day with the water like glass and a fitting day for our return to the old place. At noon we had 172 miles to go and we expected to pass the Eddystone at 9 p.m. We … Continue reading

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15th September 1915

Received a call from Ma – my faithful alarum – at 5-20 a.m. I didn’t want to turn out until 5-30 a.m. so was glad of the extra 10 minutes. During that time Ma made some cocoa for me and … Continue reading

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14th September 1915

Having used up three small books and in the search for a more suitable one come across this exercise book, I have decided to use this – a more compressed diary of events will result I think and there will … Continue reading

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13th September 1915

At Plymouth. Thanks to the thick fog that kept us company all night (and indirectly kept us awake per the continual syren-blowing) we did not arrive in the Sound until 10 a.m. It was a lovely morning and the dear … Continue reading

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January 28th (Thursday) 1915

The fateful day. The day of my having to leave all those so dear to me, to return to the old existence on H.M.S. Roxburgh. The three days which marks the period of my most happy time for six months, … Continue reading

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July 30th 1914

“Left Plymouth at 8-30 a.m. for destination unknown then. Great tension exists between the powers concerned in this European Crisis”

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Movements of HMS Roxburgh

“From 29th July 1914 To 28th January 1915 Movements from the latter date are recorded in the diary. A diary from the former date was not kept, unfortunately.”

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