Monthly Archives: February 1916

29th February 1916

At Queensferry. Received letters from Mother, Nina and you. Afraid you are getting some flirt, for now your young escort has gone on the sick list, you find a substitute for him in a young gent of 60 years, named … Continue reading

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28th February 1916

At Queensferry. The battle and light-cruisers returned to harbour this morning. The ships have been in and out a great deal lately and activity amongst the ships stationed here is getting more pronounced. I expect the Grand Fleet will be … Continue reading

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27th February 1916

(Sunday) At Queensferry. More snow. The Captain has been suffering from influenza and did not go around this morning, neither did he attend Church. I went to the Morning Service. This is Sexagesima Sunday. The sermon was brief but to … Continue reading

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26th February 1916

At Queensferry. Received letters from you and Judy today. I’m sorry to say yours is anything but the happy affair it generally is and I have received something akin to a good hard hit in the face by the arrival … Continue reading

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25th February 1916

At Queensferry. Had cause to go down to the  Fleet Surgeon’s cabin today on duty. Having transacted my business with him I was about to leave the cabin when he suddenly said “Oh! [surname] I know you won’t say anything … Continue reading

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24th February 1916

At Queensferry. The S. B. S. is thinking about having his wife up at Blackness, in fact he went ashore yesterday and procured rooms. Today he applied for a railway pass for his wife to Edinboro’. Such a pass is … Continue reading

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23rd February 1916

At Queensferry. The patient had a fairly good night thanks to the sleeping draught given him. He was a little better this morning and at one time his temperature was normal (98.4°) but shortly after rose to 99.4°. Signs of … Continue reading

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22nd February 1916

At Queensferry. Not so fine today. Wrote to Ma. A Leading Stoker came up this dinner-time complaining of feeling bad, and with apparently a pretty bad dose of “flu”. He was seen by a medical officer and put to bed. … Continue reading

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21st February 1916

At Queensferry. Fine day. Wrote to you. A rumour is in circulation about that steamer from Christiansund and it is to the effect that the light cruisers who relieved us captured her. I hope it is true for it is … Continue reading

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20th February 1916

(Sunday) At Queensferry. No “rounds”. No Morning Service. Just like a week day. All because the lads had to “provision ship” today. However this evening we fared better for the work had been finished so the Chaplain held a Lantern … Continue reading

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19th February 1916

Kept watch on the above case from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Poor chap was rather restless and had very little sleep during the night. During the watches we had to keep on doing something for him to make him … Continue reading

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18th February 1916

At sea. The Devonshire reports having seen two subs. this morning early. Shouldn’t be surprised if we saw several today for we are within sight of the Norwegian Coast and steaming parallel with it in a southerly direction. Nice weather … Continue reading

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17th February 1916

At Scapa Flow. I was informed that a signal came early this morning stating that the following message had been received from a reliable agent in Norway:- “Several barrels of iron ore are on the Quay at Christiansund awaiting shipment … Continue reading

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16th February 1916

At Scapa Flow. Made preparations for sea again today but have not made a move seawards as yet. This is a daily spasm it seems to me. Received a letter from Mother today in which I am informed that Nina … Continue reading

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15th February 1916

At Scapa Flow. Coaled this morning. Subjected to a s’nice snowstorm this afternoon, after which it was dangerous to venture on the upper deck, for snow-balls were numerous and came from unexpected quarters. Nice game though – when you are … Continue reading

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14th February 1916

Left for Scapa Flow at 12-30 p.m. I have underlined the above place because we have all been “had”. When we left Cromarty this afternoon we thought to be in Queensferry tonight late. Guess our astonishment when on arriving at … Continue reading

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13th February 1916

At Cromarty. The Captain went around this a.m. and when he came in the Sick Bay he stopped to speak to his valet who is sick in bed with a bad knee. The Fleet Surgeon told the Captain he was … Continue reading

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12th February 1916

Arrived Cromarty at 8-30 a.m. Some time ago since I was here, but except for a large number of huts newly built for the soldiers and other evidences of Service, the old place seems just the same as before. I … Continue reading

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11th February 1916

At Sea. More spasms. Left Scapa Flow – all the ships – at 4 a.m. Tons of rumours flying about. However I think the following version is true:- German torpedo-boats engaged four of our minelayers near the Dogger Bank early … Continue reading

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10th February 1916

At Scapa Flow. I thought I should have had to write “At Sea”, because preparations were made three times during the night to go to sea. I don’t know whether the German Fleet is showing signs of activity or whether … Continue reading

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9th February 1916

At Scapa Flow. Had to be up early this morning as owing to our going out to fire on the range at 7-30 a.m. we had to send a case to the Hospital Ship Plassy at 7 a.m. – a … Continue reading

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8th February 1916

At Scapa Flow. Went out on the range and did some firing. It is still rough, with showers of rain and sleet and occasionally a fall of snow. Our sick list is still on the rise and today we have … Continue reading

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7th February 1916

At Scapa Flow. Had to contend with another rush of influenza cases today, no less than 11 fresh cases making their appearance. This gives a total of 26 sick, 18 of which are bed cases. It has been a hard … Continue reading

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6th February 1916

At Scapa Flow. The men are indulging in the “happy pastime” of coaling ship. In consequence no Morning Service will be held. It has been very rough today, with intermittent falls of snow. The land around the Flow is snow-covered … Continue reading

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5th February 1916

Our sojourn at Scapa was not of very long duration, for we left again at 6-30 this morning and went into the Firth of Moray for firing exercises. I am informed that our destination when we left Queensferry was to … Continue reading

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4th February 1916

Arrived Scapa Flow 11 a.m.  It was a rotten night and the smell in the Sick Bay with so many sleeping in it was rather noxious, so it was not surprising when one awoke this morning with a nasty headache … Continue reading

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3rd February 1916

At Sea. I understand we are going to Scapa Flow apparently to carry out gunnery and torpedo exercises. At first it was thought that we were going to Cromarty, and I can assure you great is our disappointment to hear … Continue reading

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2nd February 1916

At Queensferry. The battle and light cruisers that went out on Saturday returned today. Preparations were being made for our ship to go to sea at an early hour this morning and later I heard we were going out at … Continue reading

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1st February 1916

At Queensferry. Last night I took up a book I have been reading called “The Soul of Dominic Wildthorne” by John Hocking (brother of Re, Silas Hocking). It is dealing with Church matters and I have been reading it when … Continue reading

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