Monthly Archives: March 1915

31st March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine. Received a box of cinnamon cough tablets from Aunt Nina. What the deuce she wanted to send these for I’m hanged if I know. I am not suffering from a cough myself so I have given … Continue reading

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30th March 1915

I woke up with a jerk at 4 a.m. as an unearthly noise accompanied by vibration suddenly broke into my sleep. I learnt with surprise and joy that it was the anchors being let go. This was the first sound … Continue reading

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29th March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather not so fine as yesterday, being much colder and inclined to storminess. This afternoon we have been visited by the snow again and the same old white pall can be seen on shore. The weather is rather … Continue reading

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28th March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather very fine. Our ship seems to have the largest number of men sick in Hospital out of the 3 now in the Squadron. We always used to have the lowest but ever since our trip to Jarrow … Continue reading

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27th March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather cold and there seems a likelihood of snow. I hope it will not snow or rain today as I am playing for the “Daymen” against the Stokers in the Competition. I have taken out the football boots … Continue reading

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26th March 1915

At Queensferry. A fine forenoon, succeeded by a rather wintry afternoon. There were heavy falls of snow during the afternoon and a white pall soon covered everything exposed. I took a photo of the snow falling and also showing how … Continue reading

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25th March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine. Received a letter from you today. Coaled ship during forenoon. Felt rather energetic so made some jam rolly-polly for “afters” and some rock buns for tea. The former was not so bad, but the latter confection … Continue reading

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24th March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine – dry and cold. Wrote to Marion today. Received letter from Ma, in which she states that you and her went to tea at Auntie Skinnards on Sunday. Naturally the old girl was delighted to see … Continue reading

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23rd March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fairly good. Have written to you today. A particularly good piece of news has come to hand today – the report of the Fall of Przemysl. It has held out for 5 months and is indeed a … Continue reading

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22nd March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine, with strong wind and choppy sea. Nothing special doing during the morning. During dinnertime I was asked if I would play for the Daymen’s football team in the afternoon. It was a sudden call, but I … Continue reading

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21st March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine, but a strong wind and “choppy” sea. Captain went around. The News:- Operations continue in the Dardanelles to be successful. The Narrows forts are having a bad time seemingly, but our ships have not come off … Continue reading

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20th March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine. Received letters from you and Marion. Marion forgives me for my lapse in not remembering the date of her birthday (7th). You help me by stating than males are not expected to remember dates – that … Continue reading

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19th March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine. Snow still lays about and the hills are still quite covered. This last fall was one of the biggest for years I’m told. Have written to Mother today. Rumours are circulating again with regards to possible … Continue reading

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18th March 1915

At Queensferry. During the night a heavy snowstorm has taken place and the upper deck is covered with about 4 inches thick of the white element. Everything exposed seems to be covered and the appearance of the ship would excuse … Continue reading

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17th March 1915

St. Patrick’s Day. At Queensferry. A great change in the weather has taken place and it is quite wintry. I now embark on the writing of Book 2, and trust that it will be rather more interesting than Book I. … Continue reading

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16th March 1915

At Queensferry. Lovely weather. I am glad that it is fine today for the 3rd C.S. sports are being held on shore today. Fancy sports like this in wartime, it does seem cool. Divers again this morning. A large crowd … Continue reading

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15th March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather quite summer-like. Our Doctor had an early call this morning as the 4 divers were going down at 7-30 a.m. for their monthly exercise. Divers always have to pass the M.O. before going down, their heart and … Continue reading

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14th March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather very fine indeed and it seems hard to have to remain on board under such conditions. It is hard to realise that it is Sunday, for what with a trip to sea and the “coaling ship” one … Continue reading

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13th March 1915

At sea. Rough morning. We kept up speed until 5 a.m. this morning when we received orders to rejoin 3rd B.S. as the mine-layer reported was the Skipjack. A coastguards-man reported her as being an hostile cruiser engaged in mine-laying … Continue reading

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12th March 1915

At sea. Weather fine, but at times foggy. At 7-30 a.m. this morning we came across a floating mine. It was a spherical shaped iron affair, with horns and studs. Some shots from our 3 pounder guns were fired at … Continue reading

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11th March 1915

At sea. Fine weather all day. P.Z. and other fleet exercises have been carried out today. Our three cruisers (representing three squadrons of German ships) have been manouvring against the 7 King Edward class battleships. On a fine day these … Continue reading

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10th March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine, but inclined to be foggy. The Light Cruisers returned to harbour early this morning. I see the Leviathan is in here coaling. I saw her last when we were at Scapa Flow. One of my mates … Continue reading

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9th March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather very fine. ┬áThick fog during forenoon. Work easing down and we are going along pretty comfortable again. Had a slight touch of “flu” yesterday but through seriously dosing myself with Tinct. Quin. Ammon. I have shook it … Continue reading

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8th March 1915

At Queensferry. Coaled ship. Weather fine. Some snow to be seen on the higher mountains, but the air is much warmer than it has been of late. Have written to Mother today. War news: Dardanelles. Bombardment of the forts guarding … Continue reading

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7th March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine. Captain went rounds this morning. Routine getting more like that in Peacetime everyday. Boats’ crews are practising for a Regatta to be held during Easter. A sports meeting is being held on shore and men go … Continue reading

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6th March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine. Very busy today mustering and packing away a lot of stores which arrived yesterday. Have written to you this evening. Have heard today that the Captain has received a letter, in which he learns that recently … Continue reading

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5th March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather stormy. Still very busy in S. Bay but the taking off my hands of the book-work has taken a huge task from me and I have a little more time to myself in consequence. Today’s is rather … Continue reading

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4th March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather variable. Strong wind blowing day and stronger towards evening. Perfect gale in progress at 7-30 p.m. “Sheet anchor” cleared away ready for dropping. Received a letter from Marion. Wrote to a cousin – a nurse. In Mother’s … Continue reading

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3rd March 1915

At Queensferry. At breakfast this morning one of my mates was relating a dream he had had during the night. He dreamt that Fryer our late S.B.S walked into the Sick Bay and started asking where his overcoat and other … Continue reading

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2nd March 1915

At Queensferry. I am writing these notes up two days late, not having had time for letters or anything else on this and the succeeding day. True, I started a letter to you today but have not finished it and … Continue reading

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1st March 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine. Snow still present on shore. Have received a letter from you today, so I have now got two of yours to answer: hope you will not have to wait long for a letter. Have written to … Continue reading

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