Monthly Archives: January 1916

31st January 1916

At Queensferry. The number of bed cases today has increased by one, so now stands at eleven. The “prices” are undergoing a steady rise it seems to me. We had plenty of work to keep us going this morning in … Continue reading

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30th January 1916

At Queensferry. The “flu” cases are still coming up and we have now ten of these cases in beds and hammocks. There are 14 sick altogether. Managed to get the work done in time to go to Morning Service after … Continue reading

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29th January 1916

At Queensferry. Dreamt of you again last night. This time I was lying in bed in the parlour at No. 19. The door leading into the passage was open so I was able to see you, Mother, Judy and Nina … Continue reading

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28th January 1916

At Queensferry. And still they come! Today three more have been put to bed, so now they are nine. Having a nice busy time I can tell you and today two of the Staff having been otherwise engaged – one … Continue reading

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27th January 1916

At Queensferry. Still they come. Yes, three more “flu” cases to bed today. Oh! the old spasm has started again. To make matters worse now we are so busy again, it is our turn for the next three days for … Continue reading

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26th January 1916

At Queensferry. “Old Moore” was not far wrong in his weather prophecy, for he stated that the wind would fall by the 26th and sure enough it has, today having been quite calm with some rain during the evening. The … Continue reading

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25th January 1916

At Queensferry. Received the “Sunday Edition” from you. On first opening the letter I was rather surprised to find that there were only two sheets, but on further inspection I found that you had written on both sides, so the … Continue reading

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24th January 1916

At Queensferry. The Devonshire arrived this afternoon from Scapa Flow. Rumours have been going around about her and she was supposed to have struck a mine and gone down with all hands, a few days ago. The weather is still … Continue reading

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23rd January 1916

Sunday At Queensferry. Dreamt of you again last night and I was back in the old shop again, you living in a house directly opposite. I can only remember you coming into the shop for something and running across to … Continue reading

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22nd January 1916

At Queensferry. Received letters from Marion and Nina. My sister writes much happier about her situation, I’m pleased to note, and seems to be getting used to the “hard going”. She tells me her takings amount to about £9 a … Continue reading

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21st January 1916

At Queensferry. I dreamt of you last night Miss, and I awoke feeling very disappointed at the way you had treated me. Yes, you absolutely turned your back on me. But I am going to turn this nasty old dream … Continue reading

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20th January 1916

At Queensferry. General Quarters this morning. The Captain was busy again and kept all hands busy as well. I was doing my best to make three “brilliant” cook’s mates understand the idea of stretcher drill and transportation of the wounded. … Continue reading

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19th January 1916

At Queensferry. It has been a very rough day today, in fact the weather has been rough nearly every day of late. Men are placed on the forecastle day and night to watch the anchor cables, so as to give … Continue reading

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18th January 1916

At Queensferry. Received a letter from you. You jokingly censure me for having called you a “lazy gurt girl” in my letter to your Ma, and you promise me all sorts of punishment and I am in for a good … Continue reading

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17th January 1916

At Queensferry. Rumours were going the rounds early today about going to sea, and as the ships “lighted up” and made other preparations it certainly seemed likely that we should go to sea. Later on in the afternoon however the … Continue reading

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16th January 1916

Sunday At Queensferry. Captain went around the ship this morning as per usual. Went to Morning Service afterwards. This afternoon I wrote to you. The Chaplain conducted a lantern service this evening, the subject being the days of Christ before … Continue reading

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15th January 1916

At Queensferry. Resumed duty today. The Surgeon was not going to send me to duty today, but give me another day’s rest. However he said “If I don’t put you to duty you’ll potter about just the same, so I … Continue reading

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14th January 1916

At Queensferry. Felt A.1 this morning, except naturally for the weakness due to the spell in bed. Throat alright too. The Surgeon allowed me to get up for the afternoon. I got up to dinner – an ordinary diet now … Continue reading

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13th January 1916

At Queensferry. “Good report this morning Sir” I said to the Fleet Surgeon when he came to see me this morning. Such sums up my conditionfor I’m feeling nearly well, my headache having completely left me and my throat is … Continue reading

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12th January 1916

At Queensferry. Had a good night and in consequence am feeling much better, my headache having practically left me, thank goodness. Temp. is down to 99°F as well, so all’s well. It is rather rotten lying here in bed and … Continue reading

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11th January 1916

At Queensferry. I got out to wash this morning but I could hardly stand up, my head being so heavy and “swimmy” and I was pretty weak. Wasn’t sorry to get back to bed. The Fleet Surgeon had a yarn … Continue reading

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10th January 1916

[Written on 14th January 1916] At Queensferry. There have been rumours on board for a few days about the King Edward VII which ship was on her way to refit at Belfast. We heard that she had been torpedoed and … Continue reading

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9th January 1916

At Queensferry. Instead of the Captain inspecting the ship as per usual he had the ship’s company mustered by “Open List”, so that he could inspect each man and also that each man could see his assessment of character and … Continue reading

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8th January 1916

At Queensferry. Better weather today. Hospital Boat was able to do her trip and so we sent the Ship’s Corpl. I noted about previously. Poor chap he didn’t like going and “his heart was in his mouth”. The Commander spoke … Continue reading

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7th January 1916

At Queensferry. Very rough and still impossible for the hospital boat to do her trip. It is a good job we transferred that bad case yesterday for the weather today is worse if anything. Oh! it does blow here when … Continue reading

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6th January 1916

At Queensferry. Still rough. Since it was not considered safe to keep this man we received from the Cordelia yesterday, on board and as the Hospital Boat is unable to get alongside the ship, it was decided upon to send … Continue reading

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5th January 1916

At Queensferry. Too rough for the Hospital Boat again today. This afternoon the Battle-cruisers and light cruisers received orders to proceed to sea at 3-30 p.m. One of the l. c’s the Cordelia had a serious case of gastric ulcer … Continue reading

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4th January 1916

At Queensferry. Very rough weather, so bad in fact that the Hospital Boat could not get alongside the ships to take the cases for Hospital. Ships had to retain their cases and the boat returned to her moorage. We have … Continue reading

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3rd January 1916

At Queensferry. Received a letter from Ma today. I learn with surprise, since you have made no mention of the fact in your letters, that on Xmas Day besides yourself and Charles, there were present Aunt Liza, Uncle Jack, Ethel … Continue reading

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2nd January 1916

At Queensferry. After the Captain’s “rounds” I went to Morning Service, and enjoyed same. The prisoner who was so bad the other night returned to cells today, he finishes his term of imprisonment on Wednesday. My parcel from Ma which … Continue reading

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1st January 1916

At Queensferry. This is where we embark on a New Year and this one is expected to be one full of action and should witness the fall (we hope) of the Germanic Empire and its nefarious connections. If our Cause … Continue reading

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