Monthly Archives: June 1915

June 30th 1915

At Hebburn. Fine day to go on leave. “Fell in” for payment at 8-30 a.m. After receiving our money we (first leave people) mustered at the table where the railway officials were serving out the railway tickets. The lads are … Continue reading

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29th June 1915

In dry dock at Palmer’s Works, Hebburn. More details have come to light today re the most important question of the hour – in our circle – the leave. We are to fall in for payment at 8-30 a.m. tomorrow … Continue reading

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28th June 1915

At Hebburn (Palmers Yard). Fine day. Zeppelins have been paying visits to these parts of late and some damage done by bombs dropped. Last night one was reported as making for these parts and a couple of search-lights were busy … Continue reading

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27th June 1915

At Hebburn (Palmers Yard). Arrived in Tyne at 6 a.m. Moored off Palmers Yard, Hebburn, 7-30 a.m. Could not get much sleep during the night as owing to a fog the syren was kept blowing every few minutes. It is … Continue reading

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26th June 1915

At Queensferry. Dull rainy day – must be having some of your change of weather. As the “shoring-up” has been finished and preparations made for getting in the anchor are being made, I expect we shall go out tonight. Tuesday … Continue reading

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25th June 1915

At Queensferry. Dull day. Had quite a big mail today – a large parcel from home, letters from Mother and Fred. Mother heard about the torpedoing of the ship yesterday morning and wrote right away to know if all was … Continue reading

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24th June 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather. A big rush was made for the papers when the postman came on board as the “buzz” had preceded his arrival that the Press Bureau had issued a statement about the Roxburgh. Of course all hands … Continue reading

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23rd June 1915

Book 3 At Queensferry. Dull day. I don’t think I can make a very grand start to this book, as, beyond the fact that the work of lightening the fore part of the ship and re-shoring the bulkheads, there is … Continue reading

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22nd June 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather. A salvage boat has come alongside and Capt. Young – one of the greatest salvage experts and who is giving his services to the Admiralty during the war – has been on board and made an … Continue reading

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21st June 1915

At Queensferry (thank goodness).  A fine morning. Divers were medically examined at 6-30 a.m. Late last night the Admiral of our Squadron came on board to make an inspection of the damage. Divers have been down on both sides of … Continue reading

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20th June 1915 (b)

[Written on the 21st] I will not pass on to this day’s notes without adding a few incidents of yesterday which have occurred to me since. During the first and most anxious hour I was struck by the various unselfish … Continue reading

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20th June 1915 (a)

[Written on the 21st] At sea. The most exciting day in my career, but you shall judge for yourself, for it is as exciting as any respectable quiet living chap wants to experience. 9 a.m. Just after receiving a signal … Continue reading

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19th June 1915

At sea. A sunny day but somehow the sea is not in keeping with the conditions and it is quite rough. The motion of the ship was the cause of my not having any breakfast or dinner, so you can … Continue reading

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18th June 1915

At Queensferry. Fine day. Letter from Ma. Mentions about Charlie and how he reminds her of my late brother Will. She is looking forward to Charlie taking her to Church in his uniform. Today is the Centenary of the Battle … Continue reading

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17th June 1915

At Queensferry. Fine day again. The Engineer Captain from the Argyll has been on board to inspect the Engine Room and Stokehold and all the other parts coming under the Engineer Department. As was expected numerous rumours have emanated in … Continue reading

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16th June 1915

At Queensferry. A Fine day. Struggled through with a letter to Judy today – eight pages to be explicit. It was full of interest through the various incidents depicted therein. I learn of your grand visit to Plym Bridge with … Continue reading

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15th June 1915

At Queensferry. Fine day. The Battle and Light cruisers came in at 9 o’clock this morning. What a chance the German subs. missed, altho’ the Battle-cruisers are always protected from sub. attacks on such occasions by torpedo boats, so that … Continue reading

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14th June 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather, Wrote to Mother and my cousin Fred today. I have been worrying a bit about my correspondence as I have not been able to get any letters away since Friday and having four to write I’m … Continue reading

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13th June 1915

At Queensferry. The anchor was dropped at 4-45 a.m.  At 11-30 p.m. yesterday we passed a steamer on fire – apparently the work of a submarine. We passed close to her but could not find out her name or nationality, … Continue reading

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12th June 1915

At sea. A lovely day and quite a treat on the water. I don’t mind being at sea under such fair conditions. We have been steaming south-east ever since we left last night so we should be well down the … Continue reading

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11th June 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather. Coaled ship early this morning. Received a letter from Judy today. I learn therein that Joe has of late made three attempts to join up. His plans were defeated each time. I wrote to Jude the … Continue reading

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10th June 1915

At Queensferry. A grand day. I am glad it is fine today as the Officers are playing a team representing the Ship’s Company today and considerable interest is being manifested in this match. Our S. B. S. is a good … Continue reading

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9th June 1915

At Queensferry. The spell of inclement weather was of short duration and it has returned to its former fineness today. I have been told that the Carnarvon which is the same class as the Roxburgh has gone ashore near Salcombe.The … Continue reading

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8th June 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather this morning, but it changed afterwards and is now quite rough in character. Very sudden changes in weather conditions take place in these parts at times. I remember on one occasion we nearly lost two boats … Continue reading

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7th June 1915

At Queensferry. Another fine day. I’m glad it is for I am to go to Hospital today with the hospital cases from the ships here. A new routine has been started for the conveying of cases to Hospital. Hitherto a … Continue reading

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6th June 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather. Hauled another tooth out today. Had a letter from a cousin in the King’s Royal Rifles. He was in the Boer War, but has not been sent out to the Front yet. He is a good … Continue reading

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5th June 1915

At Queensferry. A splendid day again and quite summerlike. I have only one piece of special news today and to quote the signal made to the ships from the Admiralty it is:- The U14 was sunk yesterday by the armed … Continue reading

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4th June 1915

At Queensferry. Fine again today. Today is an historic day in my career in this ship for it is three years ago that I commissioned this ship. I commissioned her at Pompey. I well remember the day we left Devonport … Continue reading

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3rd June 1915

At Queensferry. Fine weather today and quite a nice change after the past two dull days. Wrote a letter to Judy and a card to Charles. I congratulated the latter on his success. I acted dentist again today and hauled … Continue reading

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2nd June 1915

At Queensferry. A dull day and more Scotch mist. A letter from you today helped to brighten it, especially as it contained the good news that Charley had passed his examination. I am indeed glad to hear he has been … Continue reading

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1st June 1915

At Queensferry. I cannot write “the Glorious First” unfortunately. It would have been well if we could have had a great and decisive battle either on the land or sea today. Our foe won’t allow of a great sea battle … Continue reading

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