Category Archives: Sheerness

23rd June 1916

At sea. Left Sheerness 3 a.m. in company of two destroyers. Needless to say we were sorry to leave this place for the “miserable North”. Our sick list is quickly developing and today we have 3 bed cases, also about … Continue reading

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22nd June 1916

At Chatham [Sheerness?]. Ammunitioning ship all day. S. B. S. got leave to go ashore until 7 p.m Wrote to Eth. Rather disappointed at not getting a letter from you. Have felt very miserable and a  letter would have worked … Continue reading

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21st June 1916

At Chatham. George Bond came over during dinner-hour. He is watch ashore tonight and wanted to know if I could go with him. As we are shifting down to Sheerness tonight, all hopes of further leave are blighted. Glad George … Continue reading

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6th June 1916

At Sheerness. The first leave people were paid 10 days money this a.m. and will proceed on leave as soon as the ship is in dock this afternoon. Wrote a letter to Ma and which will be posted with yours … Continue reading

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5th June 1916

At Sheerness. This morning at 9-30 a.m. the following was piped:- “Ship will refit this week”. This was cheered, as also was a “pipe” that followed viz:- “All men going on first leave will muster by the Ledger at 12-30 … Continue reading

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4th June 1916

At Sheerness. Rough and rainy. Captain went “rounds”. I attended Morning Service and, afterwards, Holy Communion. The papers contain several accounts of the “Great Battle”. There is a small account about Admiral Beatty having been saved, but it is not … Continue reading

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3rd June 1916

At Sheerness. This morning’s papers contain a report of the battle which I have mentioned about in my notes for the past two days. It has been of a decisive character too and we have lost rather severely. I think … Continue reading

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2nd June 1916

At the “Swim”. Fine weather and quite a contrast to that of yesterday. T. B. brought out mails etc this morning, seemed surprised to hear that we had – or rather the fellows who went over, such as the postman … Continue reading

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30th May 1916

At Sheerness. Dull weather. Received letters from Mother and Aunt Nina. Received pat of butter from Aunt Nina. Wrote to Mother. 3-30 p.m. Preparations for coaling were being made, but have been stopped again and we are getting ready to … Continue reading

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29th May 1916

At Sheerness. 3rd B. S. have gone out to the “Swim”. They are holding a regatta out there. Very hot day. Received letters from Net and Mother.

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28th May 1916

At Sheerness. Captain went Rounds. Went to Morning Service. Wrote to you this evening. Fine day.

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27th May 1916

At Sheerness. Fine day. HMS Chatham was towed up to Chatham at 11-30 a.m. She proceeded stern first, her bow being considerably down, and I should think the crew had a pretty anxious night. The weather luckily is fine and … Continue reading

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26th May 1916

At Sheerness. Fine day. General Quarters this a.m. We have no sick – such being the result of leave being given. S. B. S. went ashore hoping to meet his wife, but she was not due to arrive until 6-10 … Continue reading

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25th May 1916

At Sheerness. Fine day. The ‘planes have been busy today. For the first time I saw an aviator loop-the-loop and I fairly held my breath, for it is a daring bit of work. I am told that the aviator who … Continue reading

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24th May 1916

At Sheerness. Fine day. Went ashore 1 p.m. had a long walk; a ride in a tram (and a talk with the conductress). Arriving back in the town decided to go to the “Hippodrome” where a concert by the R. … Continue reading

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23rd May 1916

At Sheerness. Fine day. Received letters from Mother and you. Leave given from 1-30 p.m. to 7 p.m. S. B. S. gone ashore to arrange about “digs” for his wife who is coming here on Thursday. Airship, seaplanes and aeroplanes … Continue reading

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22nd May 1916

At “The Swim”. Fine morning and alright when “Hands to bathe” was piped, needless to say plenty of men took the opportunity. Turned dull and rained this afternoon. Gun practice carried out. 4-20 p.m Left for Sheerness. Arrived at Sheerness … Continue reading

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21st May 1916

At “The Swim”. Fine day. Captain went “Rounds”. Went to Morning Service and Holy Communion after. Britannia, Dominion and Diamond went into Sheerness this afternoon. “Hands to bathe” this evening. I hear that 3 German aeroplanes came across last night … Continue reading

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17th May 1916

Left Sheerness at 9 a.m. and anchored near the Nore at 11-30 a.m. The 3rd B. S. are anchored here, also my old ship the Prince George. Like seeing an old friend meeting her again, and she does not look … Continue reading

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16th May 1916

At Sheerness. Fine day. This morning the aeroplanes, seaplanes and 3 airships were out taking advantage of the fine weather. One of the airships, a new pattern known as the “Blimp” went right over the ship, flying so low that … Continue reading

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15th May 1916

At Sheerness. Fairly good weather, but not too settled. I had made up my mind to go on shore from 1 to 7 p.m. but the weather did not look encouraging so I cried off. Two of the others have … Continue reading

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14th May 1916

At Sheerness. Fine morning, but dull during afternoon. After Captain’s Rounds, went to Church. Captain’s banns called for the third time. After Church the Captain had us all on the Quarter Deck and made a short speech about the leave … Continue reading

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13th May 1916

At Sheerness. Dull and rainy. Received a letter from you. Captain had us all on the Quarter Deck this morning and made a long speech. First of all he spoke about the “lookouts” at sea and in harbour, saying they … Continue reading

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12th May 1916

At Sheerness. Turned in at 1-35 a.m. after coaling had finished. The “hands” were out again at 5 a.m. “provisioning ship”, so they did not get much sleep. The first thing I noticed on turning out this morning was the … Continue reading

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11th May 1916

At sea. Foggy during night, syren being busy and keeping me awake. Fine morning, dull in afternoon. Passed down close to English coast. Saw various evidences of the U-boats handiwork, wrecks and wreckages being frequent sights. Mine-sweeping vessels busy all … Continue reading

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August 1st 1914

“Left Sheerness at 8-15 a.m. under sealed orders”

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July 31st 1914

“Arrived Sheerness at 8-15 a.m. Coaled ship and making preparations for war. Wooden and other gear sent ashore.”

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