Monthly Archives: February 1915

28th February 1915

At Queensferry. Snowing heavily. Wintry scenery around about us. Sunday’s papers contain good news. Our ships 10 miles up the Straits. Sultan getting ready to quit Constantinople. The destruction or capture of their capital will I think be enough to … Continue reading

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27th February 1915

4 a.m. Arrived Queensferry. I lay down fully coutred at 8-30 p.m. last night and did not budge until ten minutes to four this morning when I was awakened by the noise overhead caused by preparations being made for anchoring. … Continue reading

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26th February 1915

At sea. Weather fine, but strong wind is causing a nasty sea. This morning all our guns were fired, for testing and cleaning purposes. Eight rounds per gun were fired. It may interest you to know what our armament consists … Continue reading

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25th February 1915

At sea. Weather much finer today. Except for a swell, which keeps the boat a’rocking, the sea is calm and quite a contrast to its appearance yesterday. Feeling much better today, thank goodness. Passed a Norwegian steamer this morning, with … Continue reading

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24th February 1915

At sea, and well we know it too. The weather is better now, that accounts for my being able to write this evening. Oh! it was a rotten morning and we felt it more after the long spell we have … Continue reading

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23rd February 1915

At Queensferry. Snow fell thickly during the night and this morning. Thick enough on deck for the lads to go “snow-balling” and they are just like a lot of school-boys. It is dangerous to show out there, for one is … Continue reading

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22nd February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine and sunny, and quite a contrast to some of the weather we have had lately. “Coaled ship” this morning. Been pretty busy one way and another and have not had any time to write any letters. … Continue reading

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21st February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather variable and cold. Busy morning. Captain went “rounds” to make things harder. Have written to you today. Hope you are able to hear your favourite preacher tonight. Wish I could go with you. Good news from Admiralty … Continue reading

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20th February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather cold and rough. Attended the burial of my late mate this morning. Funeral started from the Hospital, headed by the Ships Band. A fairly large “funeral party” of seamen, stokers and marines followed. Then came men wishing … Continue reading

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19th February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather dull. Very busy, but found time to write to Ma. Police Constable been on board this afternoon to collect evidences from us re our late Steward. Am wondering whether there is to be an inquest – I … Continue reading

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18th February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather dull. Have had a very busy day and am still writing at midnight. We have packed up our late Steward’s clothes etc. He had the largest kit I have ever seen and should realise a good sum … Continue reading

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17th February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine, but a strong wind prevails. Letter from Judy includes a horseshoe charm to wear for luck. Hope it will carry the luck it is supposed to, altho’ I have never been apprehensive or nervous as to … Continue reading

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16th February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine. A signal was made last night to all ships, saying that something had got into the anti-submarine and torpedo nets which lay under the water from span to span of the Forth Bridge. The Bridge forms … Continue reading

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15th February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine. Coaled ship this morning. We are not coaling often now owing to our not doing any sea-trips. We are not sorry. Work easier today, not so many cases on the List. I have been told, in … Continue reading

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14th February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather finer, but the air is very keen, no doubt due to the presence of snow on the mountains which almost surround the Firth. It makes a pretty scene when the sun is shining through a break in … Continue reading

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13th February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather dull, cold and inclined to be stormy. Writing to Marion. Today’s papers contain a slice of good news in the shape of an air attack by 34 British aero- and seaplanes. Great damage is reported to have … Continue reading

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12th February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather dull and rainy. Still a few cases of “flue” about, four more presenting themselves at the Sick Bay this morning. Been pretty busy again in consequence of fresh cases. Writing to you today. Given the Maltese stretcher-bearers … Continue reading

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11th February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine, but very foggy in the forenoon. Work much lighter today thank goodness. Five officers and eight men on the list today, all cases of influenza. Received letter from a cousin I am fond of. Her two … Continue reading

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10th February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine, though cold towards evening. Many of our “flue” cases have returned to duty and I hope with the advent of finer weather that no recurrence of the epidemic will take place. Sent a boy to Hospital … Continue reading

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9th February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather much finer today. Have written to my Aunt Nina. Received letters from yourself, Mother and Marion. You can hardly imagine how stimulating your letters are. Marion informs me that she shew you my curios which I brought … Continue reading

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8th February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather brighter, but wind still blowing strong. Wrote to you today. Influenza still prevalent, nine of our officers being down with it and several men. There is only one consolation to be got out of this busy time … Continue reading

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7th February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather cold and rough. Slight decrease in number of sick today, but the Officers are on the rise, seven being sick in bed today. Been very busy indeed. Thought of you at various times today especially during the … Continue reading

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6th February 1915

At Queensferry. “Coal Ship” today. Weather cold and rough. Seven more cases to see ┬áM.O. Epidemic of “flue” exists apparently. Been to R.N. Sick Quarters, Queensferry, with a case for operation. The Lion has a list to Starboard still and … Continue reading

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5th February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fairly good and much warmer. Received letters from you and Aunt Nina. My aunt remarks with regard to my departure that poor Marion was very much affected and you were a brick. She was glad to see … Continue reading

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February 4th 1915

At Queensferry. Very busy again this morning, several fresh cases of “flue” coming to swell the list. We have now 35 men for treatment. Have written to you today. War news good today:- Russians gained success in Carpathians, defeating large … Continue reading

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3rd February 1915

At Queensferry. Had a very busy morning, no less than 13 fresh cases coming to see M.O. They are nearly all influenza cases, due I think to the change of temperature from that at Jarrow. Also owing to the cold … Continue reading

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2nd February 1915

At Queensferry. Have heard that reason for getting ready for sea was to escort Lion to Plymouth. We are waiting for the weather to abate. Had the present I have been awaiting in the shape of letters from Mother, Marion … Continue reading

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1st February 1915

At Queensferry. Weather cold and roughish. Have been ashore on duty. Altho’ it is always nice to have a run ashore, one gets fed up very quickly with such uninteresting places as this and it is so cold and bleak … Continue reading

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