Monthly Archives: August 1915

31st August 1915

At Scapa Flow. A very nice calm day, but it is not too warm and the change of temperature has given most of us colds. I’ve got a beauty in the head and my nose is sore with the perpetual … Continue reading

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30th August 1915

At Scapa Flow. Received an early call this morning. We signalled to the hospital ship China yesterday informing them that we had three cases to send. Signal arrived about 5-30 a.m. today informing us that the hospital boat would call … Continue reading

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29th August 1915

At Scapa Flow. Not a nice day for Sunday, rather too stormy. Received a letter from marion this morning. Mentions about her trip with Joe and family to Whitsands on Wednesday. Seems to have had a better day’s weather than … Continue reading

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28th August 1915

At Scapa Flow. Our mails arrived today just as the ship was leaving for the firing grounds. I was looking forward to a letter from you, but I was to receive a ¬†disappointment, for there were no letters for me … Continue reading

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27th August 1915

At Scapa Flow. This name is given to the huge natural harbour – a bay formed by the mainland and several islands. Scapa Flow is the huge almost circular area in the middle of the land. If the land was … Continue reading

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26th August 1915

Arrived Scapa Flow at 5-20 a.m. As per usual it is very rough here and quite wintry. This place is known to the Navy as “Scabby Flo”, a derivation from the proper name you will see. I have been here … Continue reading

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25th August 1915

At sea. Practised General Quarters this morning. It has been a fine enough day, but the sea has been a bit choppy and caused a jerky motion which in turn gave most of us nasty headaches. We have not had … Continue reading

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24th August 1915

At Queensferry. Received letters from you and Mother today. Your letter contained also the photographs from Morenci – 5 in number. They are not very grand as photographs, but suffice to bring home to us once again those dear children … Continue reading

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23rd August 1915

At Queensferry. The battle-cruisers who have been out since the 18th returned early this morning. The papers publish a report of a Russian Naval victory resulting in the sinking of a German battle-cruiser (Moltke) sunk by a British sub., 3 … Continue reading

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22nd August 1915

At Queensferry. Received a letter and parcel of apples from Aunt Nina. The old girl has been pretty kind to me at various times and I wonder how she keeps it going in view of the little encouragement she gets … Continue reading

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21st August 1915

At Queensferry. This is the third and last day of our turn for hospital boat thank goodness, for one does not like going so long without food, very often and there are other inconveniences in connection with this duty. I … Continue reading

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20th August 1915

At Queensferry. The Fleet Surgeon got busy this morning and asked me to give the stretcher party a shake up in case they had forgotten their work during the holidays. He saw my party carry out their exercises and was … Continue reading

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19th August 1915

At Queensferry. As we have all the cots occupied by bad cases the Fleet Surgeon decided yesterday to send three of them to Hospital. So this morning we sent to Hospital 3 cot and 2 non-cot cases. This has made … Continue reading

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18th August 1915

At Queensferry. Anchored here at 5-30 a.m. Had a good trip around, but some water leaked in somewhere in the fore part. It is nothing very much but if the repairs had been done properly no leak should have occurred. … Continue reading

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17th August 1915

Off Hebburn. Now that the men know that the day of departure is near at hand those suffering from various ailments are beginning to roll up for treatment and we are having the usual busy time after such holidays. This … Continue reading

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16th August 1915

Off Hebburn. A miserable rainy morning and not at all fit to take a patient to Hospital but he had to go. The Doctor and myself conveyed our “bad case” to the Infirmary at South Shields this morning. He was … Continue reading

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15th August 1915

Off Hebburn. Went on watch from 1 a.m. until 4 a.m. The patient regained consciousness during the watch previous – about midnight. He was asleep when I went on watch and only awoke on two occasions during the time I … Continue reading

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14th August 1915

Off Hebburn. My first thoughts when I arose this morning was of a fellow who was very very unhappy that time last week. Thank goodness I have not got to go through another such week as this past one has … Continue reading

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13th August 1915

Off Hebburn. The “hands” started coaling ship at an early hour this morning and little sleep could be got after 5 a.m. 1100 tons of coal was taken in by 5 p.m. Leave was given from 6 p.m. until 11-30 … Continue reading

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12th August 1915

At Hebburn. Had to take a patient for operation down to the Ingham Infirmary, South Shields, this morning. It was a fine morning and so I enjoyed the trip, since I had been aboard since Sunday. Was on way back … Continue reading

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11th August 1915

At Hebburn. This is the day we ought to have gone out of dock. But owing to a delay in fixing on a part over the stem we shall not be finished in time to go out on the high … Continue reading

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10th August 1915

At Hebburn. This morning my thoughts went back to last Tuesday morning and the fun we had whilst doing the washing. I expect you thought of the same thing today, and I wonder if Judy remembered my words of last … Continue reading

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9th August 1915

At Hebburn. Today girlie you will recommence work and this morning I thought of you going along the old route. I wonder how you viewed the situation – were you glad to return to work since home had so many … Continue reading

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8th August 1915

Sunday. At Hebburn. My first thought when I rose this morning was of what occurred about the same time last Sunday. You will remember we all went up to the Hoe. I wondered if you went up this morning with … Continue reading

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7th August 1915

Arrived on board the ship at Hebburn at 7-30 a.m. Looked at my watch and finding that was the time I allowed my thoughts to flash to a certain window blind. With regret I remembered I should not be able … Continue reading

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