Monthly Archives: March 1916

31st March 1916

At Queensferry. Received letter from Marion. Still very busy mustering stores. I heard today that the Undaunted was damaged in the air raid and is now in dock at Hebburn. Since she has been there a Zep. visited the locality … Continue reading

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30th March 1916

At Queensferry. Wrote to you. Our annual survey of stores is due on the 1st April, so now is our busy time. Have been at it all day – except for a short spell this afternoon when I wrote to … Continue reading

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29th March 1916

At Queensferry. A German submarine got in so far as Inchkeith Island today, probably by following a steamer. It was seen and allowed to get in between the “gates” (net defences) which were then closed. I don’t think that sub. … Continue reading

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28th March 1916

At Queensferry. Letters from Ma and Nina. Wrote by return to Ma. The weather has been fine again today, and this evening the racing boat crews of the various ships have been practising. The Regatta will be held in May … Continue reading

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27th March 1916

At Queensferry. All the ships returned today looking none the worse for their trip. The air raid was on Schleswig-Holstein and apparently our people had quite a busy and exciting trip. Wonder what the Germans think about it? We lost … Continue reading

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26th March 1916

Sunday Great spasm this morning. Received sudden orders for sea. Proceeded out at 11 a.m. but just after passing Forth Bridge received orders to return to anchor again. Not sorry either for it is very rough. Later:- I understand that … Continue reading

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25th March 1916

At Queensferry. Heavy snowstorm to record. Should have gone landing party, but the snow “washed it out”. Nothing else of importance.

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24th March 1916

At Queensferry. Commander and two other officers sick and had most busy day with them. Finished up at 9-40 p.m. They do want some looking after I can tell you. Received letter from you. Our Squadron only remains here now, … Continue reading

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23rd March 1916

At Queensferry. Letter to you. Received half-a-pound of fresh butter from Aunt – and very nice too and much better than margerine. Heard about some more “mystery vessels” our people are having built. “Reepers” is the Navy term for them. … Continue reading

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22nd March 1916

At Queensferry. Battle-ships and light cruisers have gone to sea – something doing I should think. Our ships are under short notice. The commander is still sick. We made 115 grummets up today – doing our bit eh? Received letter … Continue reading

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21st March 1916

At Queensferry. Ready is quite alright again and has seen the Captain and Rear-Admiral today. He is being recommended to the Humane Society. The Captain spoke very kindly to him I am told and asked him if he would like … Continue reading

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20th March 1916

At Queensferry. Letter from and to you. The Commander has been placed under my care today suffering from sciatica. I have to attend to him at least four times per diem, and each time I have to give his pet … Continue reading

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18th March 1916

At Queensferry. Fine day. Letter from and to Net. This afternoon cleaned and pressed serge suit – energy for you eh? However, it wanted it and I was ashamed at the amount of dirt I got off, but this is … Continue reading

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17th March 1916

Fine day at sea. It was good to wake up this morning to find the sun shining from a clear blue sky and on a calm sea. Makes one feel happier and more comfortable in these days of subs. and … Continue reading

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19th March 1916

Sunday At Queensferry. Went to Morning Service. Photo chum took 7 photos in afternoon which I later developed. Whilst in dark room by myself my thoughts went down to Plymouth and to where you were probably engaged in doing your … Continue reading

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16th March 1916

At sea. Sighted Norwegian coast 7 a.m. and later on started the “sweep”. A chain of mountains runs along the coast and at present they are covered with snow. Looks pretty but cold, and it is cold hereabouts too. During … Continue reading

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15th March 1916

Was woken up at 4-30 a.m. by the watch working on the forecastle, getting ready for sea. Left Queensferry at 6-30 a.m. with the two destroyers, the armed party having been sent aboard earlier. The two destroyers are the Archer … Continue reading

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14th March 1916

At Queensferry. Went down at 9 a.m. to see how my patient was getting on and to receive orders about him from the Fleet Surgeon. He laughingly informed me that the F. S. had been to see him and had … Continue reading

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13th March 1916

At Queensferry. Rumours about our expected “lone voyage” are still going around. Made ready for sea again today, but again postponed. Chaplain much better today – and very much brighter, all smiles in fact. Asked him where he thought we … Continue reading

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12th March 1916

Sunday At Queensferry. Captain did not go around this morning. Went to Morning Service. Woods S. B. A. had banns of marriage called. He did not have the nerve to go and hear the chaplain’s declaration. Intends getting married next … Continue reading

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11th March 1916

At Queensferry. Wrote to Nina. The battle and light-cruisers went out this afternoon in a great hurry. Two of each class returned to harbour again this evening. I mention all these movements of ships, so that you will know that … Continue reading

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10th March 1916

At Queensferry. General Quarters this morning – carried out conscientiously too and we had to fetch down “wounded” during the “action”. This latter part caused fun to both officers and men. For instance, an order came down for the “wounded” … Continue reading

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9th March 1916

At Queensferry. Wrote to Ma. Whilst looking out the port this afternoon I saw the Fearless (of Heligoland Bight fame) and the torpedo boat destroyers Acheron and Ariel (who rammed and sunk a U boat) go out. I thought of … Continue reading

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8th March 1916

At Queensferry. Goodall S. B. A.  went to the Antrim today. Light cruisers and torpedo boat destroyers went out – these craft are doing plenty of sea-time now. The S. B. S. went ashore to see his wife today, this … Continue reading

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7th March 1916

Arrived at Queensferry 6-30 a.m. All the ships came in, so the Germans must have gone home again – heard our wireless I expect. Coaled ship on arrival. Received a letter from you today. Marion’s birthday. This evening’s paper contains … Continue reading

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6th March 1916

At Queensferry. Coaled ship. I heard a rumour at 9 a.m. that we were going to sea and preparations were in progress. Later I heard that a signal had come to all ships for steam for 12 knots to be … Continue reading

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5th March 1916

Sunday At Queensferry. After “Captain’s rounds” this morning I went to Morning Service. The text was taken from 1st Book of Corinthians and dealt with Charity. “Charity is the old fashioned word for Love” said the Chaplain. “I don’t mean … Continue reading

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4th March 1916

Saturday At Queensferry. Nothing special to note.

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3rd March 1916

At Queensferry. The Hospital-Carrier Magic, two light cruisers and several destroyers went out this morning. The Magic has been here for some time, but has not been used at all. The Medical Staff aboard her must have had a very … Continue reading

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2nd March 1916

At Queensferry. So after all we didn’t go out last night but the 2 hours notice still holds good. There was a heavy snowstorm during the night and so everything is white again, but this is getting quite a usual … Continue reading

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1st March 1916

At Queensferry. I have heard today that a supply ship and armed trawler have been torpedoed at the entrance to the Firth of Forth. A Courts-martial has been held on board today. One of the bandsmen – a fellow named … Continue reading

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