Monthly Archives: November 1915

30th November 1915

At Queensferry. Received a letter from you today. Dreamt about you last night. In my dream I was looking over the wall talking to a little girl of about Vinnie’s size who was stood alongside your Mother. Next I found … Continue reading

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29th November 1915

At Queensferry. Wrote to Marion this evening and when I took the letter down to the Fleet Surgeon for censoring he said “your letters are alright [surname], I don’t trouble aboutyour putting anything in them that shouldn’t be”. I replied … Continue reading

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28th November 1915

Sunday. The Admiral of our Squadron (Rear-Admiral Browning) came on board this morning to inspect the ship. He has been expected off and on since our arrival here from South. He spent about two hours on board and seemed satisfied. … Continue reading

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27th November 1915

At Queensferry. Wrote to you today. This evening a concert was arranged by the Chaplain. We all looked forward to this and hoped it was the forerunner of others to help out the monotony of ship life in these days. … Continue reading

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26th November 1915

At Queensferry. Received a letter from you today. The chief items are (1) The difficulty you’re experiencing in getting your left hand to keep time whilst the right one is doing its bit. This is a common obstacle to beginners, … Continue reading

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25th November 1915

(My 25th birthday). At Queensferry. My last three natal days have been spent away from home. 25th Nov. 1913 saw me at Gib; same date 1914 at the same place as the present one. Where will 25th Nov. 1916 find … Continue reading

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24th November 1915

At Queensferry. I have answered your long letter today, and for once in a while I was able to fill up the allotted space without difficulty thanks to the many items you gave me to write about. I have not … Continue reading

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23rd November 1915

At Queensferry. It has been our turn for the hospital boat since Sunday and as the two attendants have taken a turn each I offered to have a turn today. It is not a very pleasant task I can assure … Continue reading

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22nd November 1915

At Queensferry. Had an early case this morning to deal with. At 7-15 a.m. during coal ship an able seaman who was tending the wire as it wound around the drum of the motor hoist, got his leg caught in … Continue reading

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21st November 1915

Sunday. At Queensferry. Today has been more like the Sabbath as I like it. Captain went around this morning and as it was his first inspection since we left Plymouth he took his time and had a thorough look at … Continue reading

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20th November 1915

At Queensferry. Very foggy still and no clearance since yesterday. The fog bell is ringing night and day every minute, so as to warn away vessels on the move that we are at anchor. It is interesting to hear the … Continue reading

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19th November 1915

At Queensferry. Very foggy all day and hospital boat could not go around to collect the cases, so thick was the element. Received letters from Nina and Marion. In my last letter to my sister I told her that if … Continue reading

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18th November 1915

At Queensferry. Received letters from you and Ma today. Yours is in answer to the one I wrote at Scapa and which you received on Tuesday 16th. You are certainly more cheerful this time and apparently you have found consolation, … Continue reading

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17th November 1915

At Queensferry. Wrote an answer to the letter I received from you yesterday. Last week on this day (Wednesday) I was undergoing my bad hours. Thank goodness I am nearly out of the wood now and that I am getting … Continue reading

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16th November 1915

At Queensferry.  I have been anticipating the arrival of a letter from you, as I thought you would in all probability write on Sunday, whether you heard from me or not. A letter from you came to hand today bearing … Continue reading

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15th November 1915

At Queensferry. Experienced a snowstorm here today – just a Scotch hint I suppose of the fact that winter is near at hand. The weather is pretty calm and fine otherwise and much better than the climatic conditions experienced at … Continue reading

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14th November 1915

Arrived Queensferry at 8 a.m. Started coaling soon after our arrival – the usual Sunday routine it seems. What a difference in last Sunday and this, I’m thinking. Coaling ship on Sunday is as you know one of my pet … Continue reading

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13th November 1915

At Scapa Flow. Coaled ship. Snow storms and gales are the order of the day in this most salubrious spot. One is glad however that they are not at sea in such weather; it is much more pleasant being in … Continue reading

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12th November 1915

Arrived at Scapa Flow 12-30 p.m. It was rough at sea again after midnight last night. I am told that owing to the compasses deflecting 4 degrees when we were coming through the Pentland Firth we nearly shared the same … Continue reading

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11th November 1915

At sea. The weather has calmed down a good deal and myself and mates have been able to go our food alright. We have been quite close to the coast all day, which leads me to think that we have … Continue reading

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10th November 1915

At Devonport. Practically a month has passed since I last made notes herein. During that time I have spent all except two nights at home and so have not had any cause to write notes for your edification. As I … Continue reading

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