Monthly Archives: April 1915

30th April 1915

At Queensferry. Rather a dull day and quite a contrast to yesterday’s fine weather. I am affected by the weather I think and the non-arrival of an expected letter from you has helped to give me a fit of the … Continue reading

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29th April 1915

At Queensferry. Fine day. Have heard this morning that the Rewa lost her bearings in the fog last night and ran on May Island. I believe there is a sandy bottom thereabouts so one hopes she has not sustained much … Continue reading

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28th April 1915

At Queensferry. A fine day. Another Hospital Ship has arrived today – the P & O boat China. I last saw her at Scapa Flow. As the Rewa is sailing today, no doubt the China has come to take her … Continue reading

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27th April 1915

At Queensferry. A fine day. ┬áMy letter to Judy has not had any luck yet and as no-one is allowed to go to Edinboro’ today I’m afraid it will have to wait a little longer. The Captain is going to … Continue reading

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26th April 1915

At Queensferry. A nice day. I have received – in company with the S.B.S. – a disappointment this morning for no one can go out of Queensferry today, owing to the likelihood of a sudden call to proceed to sea. … Continue reading

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25th April 1915

At Queensferry. Weather very fine today – I always like it to be fine on Sundays, it seems so appropriate to the day and its name. As the S.B.S. is going to Edinboro’ tomorrow I am going to write a … Continue reading

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24th April 1915

At Queensferry. Rather dull weather today. Provisions for three months have been taken in this afternoon. I have written and posted a letter to you. Our divers examined the propeller blades and ship’s bottom to see if any damage had … Continue reading

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23rd April 1915

At sea. Fine day. We made preparations to carry out firing exercises this afternoon but as we were nearing the Scottish coast and there was known to be subs. about, the exercises were cancelled and we are now inward bound … Continue reading

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22nd April 1915

At sea. Just as we were “turning out” this morning a messenger came into the Sick Bay from the “Bridge”. He had been sent down by the Officer of the Watch to inform us that two boats with men in … Continue reading

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21st April 1915

At Queensferry. After several postponements the Regatta has been fixed for today. The weather is fine so we should have some good sport altho’ the continual “putting off” has taken away a good deal of the former interest. But the … Continue reading

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20th April 1915

At Queensferry. I didn’t make up much sleep last night after all for the “hands” were working on the foc’s’le until 3 a.m. this morning mooring ship. Following the mooring operation preparations were made for coaling ship. I have received … Continue reading

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19th April 1915

7 p.m. At sea. It was a rotten night last night and it has been rough all day. It has eased down a bit during the last hour and I’m just beginning to regain my equilibrium. The old ship has … Continue reading

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18th April 1915

At sea. Early this morning we felt an unusual shake throughout the ship which set us wondering whether we had struck a sub. or some wreckage. It is quite possible – though improbable – that we struck a sub. with … Continue reading

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17th April 1915

At Queensferry. Received a letter from you. Have heard that we are going to sea tonight. Nothing special in newspaper today. 11.30 p.m. Got under way a while ago and are now outward bound. I think I will now seek … Continue reading

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16th April 1915

At Queensferry. Weather stormy. We have moored ship (which necessitates the dropping of two anchors instead of one) so it does not look as if we are going out just yet. We are usually under 1, 2, or 3 hours … Continue reading

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15th April 1915

At Queensferry. Turned in 1-30 a.m. only to be awakened at 5 a.m. by a R.N.R. stoker who got his finger in between two lumps of coal whilst ” trimming” in the bunker. It was a very trivial affair and … Continue reading

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14th April 1915

At sea. A very fine day. ┬áSubs. were sighted early this morning not far off but they dipped and disappeared. 12-30 p.m. Submarine popped up and fired torpedo at Devonshire but missed her. We opened fire but the sub. dipped … Continue reading

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13th April 1915

Still at sea. Had to be up betimes today as the doctor visited the sick at 8 a.m. Went to action stations at 8-15 a.m. In view of this and the fact that various presentations for going in to action … Continue reading

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12th April 1915

At sea. Weather fine with a choppy sea running. Our sleep was disturbed at 5 a.m. by the sound of guns which were being fired at a sub. The U boat however dived as soon as the shells started flying … Continue reading

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11th April 1915

At Queensferry. Another nice day. Have found time to write to you this afternoon and I’m glad I have taken the opportunity for a signal has been received to the effect that we are to proceed to sea at 8-30 … Continue reading

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10th April 1915

At Queensferry still. A very fine day. I have received another letter from you so have now two in hand to answer. Made a spurt today and got the Account of Stores up to date and dispatched to the Admiralty. … Continue reading

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9th April 1915

At Queensferry. Better weather and suitable for Regatta purposes. Was awakened early this morning by the noise above n the foc’s’le where apparently preparations were being made for sea. Later however the anchors were dropped again and I found that … Continue reading

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8th April 1915

At Queensferry. Weather very rough and quite wintry. Still need a fire all day. Received a letter from Judy which made me giddy whilst reading it owing to the way in which it was written and which necessitated the paper … Continue reading

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7th April 1915

At Queensferry. Arrived at 2 a.m. Patient called me at 4 a.m. as he badly wanted a drink. He seems brighter this morning but did not like the idea of having to go to Hospital today. 10-30 a.m. Case has … Continue reading

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6th April 1915

At sea. Choppy sea running and a disconcerting motion on the ship. The patient I wrote about in yesterday’s notes is pretty bad and is a puzzle to our M.O’s. His condition reminds me very much of our late S.B.S. … Continue reading

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5th April 1915

At Queensferry. Weather still rough. Have heard that another German sub. has been caught in the net under the Bridge, hope it is true. There is no doubt about the enterprise of the German subs. commanders. They have tried hard … Continue reading

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4th April 1915

At Queensferry. It is a most salubrious morning I don’t think and it must be blooming cheerful outside. I’m not half glad we didn’t go to sea last night. Don’t like being at sea on Sundays especially if it’s rough. … Continue reading

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3rd April 1915

At Queensferry. A very rough day indeed and one hopes that the persistent rumours today about “going to sea” will not materialise. Very busy in fore and afternoon mustering our stores, it does seem an endless job, but I grant … Continue reading

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2nd April 1915

At Queensferry. Weather seems to be like most people this Good Friday – not very holidaylike. Thought of the wish you expressed in your last letter re meeting you at 6 a.m. this morning to accompany you to Ridgeway. I … Continue reading

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1st April 1915

At Queensferry. Weather fine. I went to the canister of sweets today and put my fingers in to get one without looking at what I was doing. My fingers encountered a piece of stiff paper which struck me as being … Continue reading

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