Monthly Archives: December 1915

31st December 1915

Arrived Queensferry 11 a.m. Early this morning I heard that in all probability we should “go in to coal”, but I didn’t credit the rumour. About 8 a.m. however we found ourselves off May Island so gave more credence to … Continue reading

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30th December 1915

At Queensferry. Rumours were current early this morning about the  ships going to sea. Confirmation was soon forthcoming and preparations were made before dinner. at 3-30 p.m. Antrim, Roxburgh and three scouts left for sea. I think we must be … Continue reading

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29th December 1915

At Queensferry. This afternoon my anxiety as to why your letter didn’t arrive yesterday, as Tuesday is the usual day, was relieved by the arrival of the beauty, which took a day longer than usual in coming. Rather curious too … Continue reading

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28th December 1915

At Queensferry. Admiral came on board this morning to see where a “decoding station” could be built. By “decoding” is meant transforming the signals (wireless) which are all made in secret code, into the proper message dispatched. Code books are … Continue reading

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27th December 1915

(Boxing Day). Coaled ship. Mother dispatched a box of things to me a week ago, but I have not received it yet. The parcels and mails have naturally suffered through the extreme pressure on the Postal Service at this time, … Continue reading

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26th December 1915

Sunday At Queensferry. This is an occasion on which Boxing Day does not immediately follow Xmas Day, and so there will be another holiday on Monday. After the Captain’s “rounds” this morning I went to Morning Service. The chaplain chose … Continue reading

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25th December 1915

At Queensferry. A merry Xmas to you dear. And every good wish for the New Year. Between 12 p.m. and 1 a.m. preparations for sea were made but we are still in harbour whilst I am writing these notes (5 … Continue reading

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24th December 1915

At Queensferry. Rumours have been persistent during the last few days to the effect that we should go to sea today. Whether these rumours are based on such an happening taking place on this day last year or whether there … Continue reading

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23rd December 1915

At Queensferry. Received cards from Mother, Judy, Nina and Freddy and my Cousin Net. I am getting quite a collection already. Received a letter from Ma in which I learn that you have given her the teapot. She is delighted … Continue reading

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22nd December 1915

At Queensferry. Had a most pleasant surprise today in the shape of a photograph from you. Now this is really a most remarkable coincidence, for it was only a few days ago that I was thinking how nice it would … Continue reading

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21st December 1915

At Queensferry. At 11-20 this morning the ships here began to show signs of preparing for sea, boats being hoisted in and all fires lit up. I believe some order about going out did come through from the C-in-C but … Continue reading

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20th December 1915

At Queensferry. H.M.S. Devonshire left here for Birkenhead at 1 a.m. She has gone to have alterations made similar to ours, and to give leave. She is a lucky ship for leave and especially about Xmas time. When we were … Continue reading

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19th December 1915

(Sunday) At Queensferry. New captain went around today and I saw him for the first time. He is a tall, well-built man, with a gruff voice and ginger hair. I couldn’t help thinking how ill-named he was, and consider Whitehead … Continue reading

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18th December 1915

At Queensferry. I wrote to you this afternoon. I also finished off a letter to my cousin Net, which I started on some days ago but got stuck. I also sent her a card. Nothing else of note.

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17th December 1915

At Queensferry. Received a letter from you today. I must not forget to note – with interest to you I have no doubt – that the book you gave me when I was at home – “By the Gods beloved” … Continue reading

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16th December 1915

At Queensferry. Wrote to Mother and sent her a Xmas Card to put in with the locket which she is getting me – for you. I’m waiting to hear what you will have to say about that present. This afternoon … Continue reading

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15th December 1915

At Queensferry. Wrote to you [enclosed p. o. value 15/- for you to get a silver teapot for dear Mother, what a surprise is in store for her and how happy I am with the knowledge]. Received a letter from … Continue reading

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14th December 1915

At Queensferry. Received a letter from you today. It is part of Tuesday’s routine to receive a letter – one of the long ones written on Sunday – and if you happened to miss writing on Sunday it would make … Continue reading

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13th December 1915

At Queensferry. Various drills such as “Stations for ship struck by mine or torpedo”, “Abandon Ship”, “Fire Stations”, etc. were practised this forenoon. We have had actual experience of the first drill and I’m sure it was carried out very … Continue reading

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12th December 1915

Sunday At Queensferry. Went to Morning and Evening Service. I am becoming a proper “twicer” – to use an ecclesiastical slang term for a person who attends Service twice on Sundays. I look forward to these attendances too, it seems … Continue reading

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11th December 1915

At Queensferry. I finished off the letter this afternoon and posted it in time to catch the mail at 4 p.m. I feel much happier now I have dispatched it on its journey, for I know from my own experience … Continue reading

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10th December 1915

At Queensferry. Received the usual mid-week letter from you, and thank you here since I can’t do so personally. Every evening at 8 p.m. the S. B. S., when he is to duty, has to report temperatures of patients, fresh … Continue reading

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9th December 1915

At Queensferry. Wrote to Ma. 3 Light-cruisers went out during the night, to search for a mine-layer which had been reported. I don’t know where these reports originate from but most times I think these mine-layers are phantoms for it … Continue reading

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8th December 1915

At Queensferry. Answered your letter today. Received a letter from Mother. Admiral Jellicoe made a signal to all ships today, saying that as this was the Anniversary of the Falklands Battle, he had on behalf of the Grand Fleet sent … Continue reading

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7th December 1915

Arrived at Queensferry at 8 a.m.  So glad to be in calm water once again and to be able to eat something. I turned in about 10 p.m. last night and when my stomach got settled a bit I managed … Continue reading

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6th December 1915

At sea. Very rough all day. The object of our coming to sea is to carry out some new exercises in connection with the control by wireless of the Fleet from the Admiralty. I thought this method, which used to … Continue reading

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5th December 1915

(Sunday) At Queensferry. Went to Morning Service and [blank space] and much enjoyed it. Finished off a letter this morning that I started last night and was able to catch the mail at 10 a.m. the only one on Sunday. … Continue reading

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3rd December 1915

At Queensferry. Received a letter from you today. Wrote to Aunt Nina. We experienced today one of the stiff snowstorms so common in these parts during the winter and early spring. This is the first big one since our arrival. … Continue reading

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2nd December 1915

At Queensferry. Received letter from Ma today. The ships that went out on the 28th have returned and in view of the news in this evening’s paper about the bombardment of the Belgian coast by 40 ships, one can conclude … Continue reading

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1st December 1915

At Queensferry. Received a letter from Aunt Nina today. She sends a piece of poetry illustrating what she thinks fits in with your line of thought on a recent occasion when she saw you and you not her. She says … Continue reading

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