Monthly Archives: September 1915

30th September 1915

At sea. Fine weather. Had a scrimmage with one of our invalids this dinner-time. He is supposed to be suffering from physical and mental debility, but I think the cause of his being invalided is because he is useless to … Continue reading

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29th September 1915

At sea. Fine weather. Had a very busy day but don’t mind the amount of work so long as the weather keeps fine. Our invalids are getting into routine and soon all should go on merrily. They are pretty happy … Continue reading

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28th September 1915

At Halifax. The 14 invalids came on board this afternoon and evening. There is only one cot case amongst them which is as well, because all our seven cots are occupied and two hammocks are slung up as well, in … Continue reading

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27th September 1915

At Halifax. H.M.S. Cumberland, one of the vessels patrolling this side of the Atlantic, came in this morning. This vessel has been at sea for 14 days and will now remain in harbour for a week. As expected, we shall … Continue reading

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26th September 1915

At Halifax (Nova Scotia). Coaling operations were commenced at 5-30 a.m. and have continued throughout the day until 7 p.m. 1234 tons of coal have been taken in. It is said that “better the day better the deed”, but I … Continue reading

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25th September 1915

At sea. Cape Race was sighted at 7 a.m. this morning – a welcome sight indeed after so many days view of the other element. After sighting this navigation aid we had to steam a little further south ere entering … Continue reading

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20-24th September 1915

Rough and uneventful days all of them, during which no vessels were seen and it has been a most monotonous time. Began to get a bit used to the heavy motion on the 22nd and was able to go my … Continue reading

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19th September 1915

At sea. Rough old day all the time. Existing on apples and Bovril. My mates (except the S. B. S.) are not much better of than I am. We struggle through our work somehow or other but it is not … Continue reading

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18th September 1915

At sea. Rough again today. No heart for food or work. All cots full to make matters worse. Thought of old Vin today when she said “I do feel so poorly” – felt just the same myself. The old ship … Continue reading

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17th September 1915

At sea. Very rough day. Passed H.M.S. Argyll homeward bound from Halifax, bound for Plymouth. Lucky beggars they’ll be on leave in about 48 hours time I expect. Have not felt at all well today and have gone without food. … Continue reading

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16th September 1915

At sea. Our escort left us this morning off Cape Ushant and now we are pegging along in a choppy sea all on our lonesome. Have thought of you many times today. Nothing special to note. Clock put back 45mins.

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15th September 1915

Received a call from Ma – my faithful alarum – at 5-20 a.m. I didn’t want to turn out until 5-30 a.m. so was glad of the extra 10 minutes. During that time Ma made some cocoa for me and … Continue reading

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14th September 1915

Having used up three small books and in the search for a more suitable one come across this exercise book, I have decided to use this – a more compressed diary of events will result I think and there will … Continue reading

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13th September 1915

At Plymouth. Thanks to the thick fog that kept us company all night (and indirectly kept us awake per the continual syren-blowing) we did not arrive in the Sound until 10 a.m. It was a lovely morning and the dear … Continue reading

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12th September 1915

At sea. Received an early call this morning from a stoker who had injured his hand. While I was dressing the would the syren blew and I learnt that a thick fog existed which necessitated  frequent use of the syren … Continue reading

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11th September 1915

At Queensferry. Fine day. Ten bags of mails arrived today. I received letters from Marion and Cousin Fred. Marion informs me of herself and Joe “tying the nuptial knot” next June, Mother having given consent. It seems that they are … Continue reading

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10th September 1915

At Queensferry. Had to give evidence before the Commander today over a case of smoking in a prohibited place. One of our patients – suffering from chest and throat trouble too – had been caught smoking cigarettes by my mates … Continue reading

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9th September 1915

Arrived at Queensferry 10-30 a.m. Efforts were made to come up the Firth during the early hours, but owing to the thick fog that existed all night and during the fore-noon today, we had to remain at sea until it … Continue reading

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8th September 1915

At sea. We did not arrive in harbour at 5 a.m. as expected and we are still out at sea as I write these notes at 9 p.m. We received orders from Sir J. Jellicoe just after midnight last night … Continue reading

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7th September 1915

At Scapa Flow. More firing today, but I think it is the last we shall do here for a while, since I hear that we are going back to Queensferry tonight. I hope it is true for I don’t go … Continue reading

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6th September 1915

At Scapa Flow. Very nice warm morning, cold dull afternoon. followed by a very rainy evening. The temperature changes very suddenly in this part of the world and in consequence is unhealthy. We had three cot cases and a “walking” … Continue reading

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5th September 1915

Anchored Scapa Flow at 8-30 a.m. Rather unexpectedly we came in harbour in broad daylight and unaccompanied by torpedo boats. Shouldn’t think the subs. could have been about when we came in. Started coaling on arrival – a pleasant task … Continue reading

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4th September 1915

At sea. Manoeuvres started very early this morning and two seaplanes went up from the Carmania, presumably for scouting purposes, since the ships had been divided into two Fleets for mock warfare. Seaplanes would be splendid help in a sea-fight … Continue reading

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3rd September 1915

At sea, somewhere in the Atlantic, North West of Ireland. Of course it is not exactly calm in this part. This is usually the part where the Grand Fleet carries out manoeuvres owing to the absence of subs. hereabouts. It … Continue reading

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2nd September 1915

At Scapa Flow. Received letters from Mother and Net. Mother sent on a photo which I got Marion to take on one occasion I was at home. The photo was good of me I believe, but had hardly sufficient exposure … Continue reading

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1st September 1915

At Scapa Flow. Started calibrating or “testing” all the big guns early this morning and it has been bang! bang! bang! all day. We were glad when they finished barking at 7 p.m. for the continual din gave us headache. … Continue reading

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