Monthly Archives: April 1916

30th April 1916

(Sunday) At sea. There is no doubt about this trip being a secret sort of business and the whole thing reminds me of a secret service plot. This morning at 3-30 a.m. we went in close to the coast and … Continue reading

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29th April 1916

At Sea. Foggy during night and the syren kept us awake for some time. Foggy during afternoon. Fine day and sea calm. Rather cold though, until 4 p.m. when I think we must have run into the Gulf Stream at … Continue reading

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28th April 1916

At Queensferry. Contrary to expectations we did not go to sea after all. In consequence the officers and men training for the sports to be held on the 5th May (???) went ashore at 6-30 a.m. We had some trial … Continue reading

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27th April 1916

At Queensferry. Fine day. Sports party 6-30 a.m. Went and sprinted the 100 and 440 yds course. Lovely day. Short notice all day. Secured for sea. Expect to go to sea during night. Letter to you.

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26th April 1916

At Queensferry. Coaling till 1 a.m. Turned in at 1-30 a.m. Raining then. Foggy morning. Battle and light cruisers, also t. b. d’s came in, “Coaled and oiled” with all speed. Still under notice for sea. All day. Likely to … Continue reading

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25th April 1916

Left for sea at 3-30 a.m. All ships out. Signal received at 8 a.m. stating that German ships had bombarded Lowestoft at 4-30 a.m. and were last seen steaming northward. A later signal from Lowestoft states that there were 4 … Continue reading

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24th April 1916

At Queensferry. Fine but very squally. All ships received notice this afternoon to prepare for sea. The battle and light cruisers were ready for full speed at 6-30 p.m. 10-30 p.m. The battle and light cruisers, accompanied by torpedo boat … Continue reading

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23rd April 1916

At sea until 1 p.m. when we anchored at the old place again. The Chaplain gave notice on Friday that Holy Communion would take place on Sunday at 7-15 a.m. and 11-15 a.m. To my surprise at 7-10 a.m. this … Continue reading

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22nd April 1916

Went to sea at 7 a.m. All the ships except the Dreadnought, Dominion and Crescent – in dock at Rosyth – now out to sea. I hear confidentially that one of our storeships struck a mine 7½ miles S.W. of … Continue reading

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21st April 1916

Good Friday Again spent at Queensferry under conditions of war. May the next one be more peaceful. You inform me that the famous Ridgeway buns are not to be made this year – another sign of the times. Attended Morning … Continue reading

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Owing to work and other exegencies no notes made until 21st April.

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16th April 1916

At Queensferry. Went to Morning Service. Received a letter from Fred. Attended Lantern Service.

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15th April 1916

At Queensferry. Fine. Received letters from you and Marion. Wrote to you.

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14th April 1916

At Queensferry. Fine but squally, and snow still exists on the mountains despite the sun’s attempts to melt it. “General Quarters” this morning. Had a very busy time and had to attend to the clearing away and transportation of several … Continue reading

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13th April 1916

At Queensferry. Went ashore and played football. Received a surprise parcel from you today. I was so surprised that when the Ship’s Corporal brought the parcel in and called out my name, I refused to take notice quite thinking he … Continue reading

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12th April 1916

At Queensferry. Wednesday is usually the “Evolution” or “General Drill” day, and the usual routine held good today. Anchor, boat and other exercises are practised according to the order from the Admiral. Each ship times the evolution and so there … Continue reading

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11th April 1916

At Queensferry. Letter to Net. Letter from you. Weather very squally.

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9th April 1916

At Queensferry. Owing to ship having to be provisioned this morning, no Morning Service could be held. Wrote to Nina this afternoon. Went to Lantern Lecture this evening, so to some extent made up for the loss of the morning. … Continue reading

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8th April 1916

At sea till we dropped anchor at 2-30 p.m. in our billet. It was nice at sea in the morning. Sighted coast of Scotland at 11 a.m. Passed May Island (where the remains of the Argyll and another wreck are … Continue reading

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7th April 1916

At sea. Two destroyers met us at 7 a.m. Sighted Norwegian coast at 9 a.m. Nice calm and sunny morning, but just like the last trip it came on rough in the afternoon. One large steamer was stopped and searched … Continue reading

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6th April 1916

At Queensferry. Went to sea at 9 a.m. with two destroyers. Going over to patrol the Norwegian coast again. Wouldn’t mind capturing some prizes on these stunts – would be a pretty profitable game then and worth the risk. Our … Continue reading

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5th April 1916

At Queensferry. Light cruisers went to sea – busy craft these. Devonshire returned to harbour after an exciting time with subs. S. B. S. went ashore – first time for 3 days as the ships have been under short notice.

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4th April 1916

At Queensferry. Received letters from you and Mother. Wrote to Marion. Surgeon Parry left today for R. N. Barracks, Devonport. He came and shook hands with all of us and hoped to meet us again. He is only up for … Continue reading

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3rd April 1916

At Queensferry. The Zeps. dropped bombs on Edinboro’, Leith and Granton last night killing ten persons. Apparently one was trying to find the ships, since it was seen over Inchkeith – about ten miles from our anchorage. I am informed … Continue reading

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2nd April 1916

At Queensferry. After Captain’s Rounds, went to Morning Service. This afternoon two light cruisers and some destroyers went out – to look for a raider I hear. Chaplain started a lantern service on upper deck this evening, but had to … Continue reading

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1st April 1916

Am returning to this size book again since I am unable to procure anything handier in size. I think in future owing to the call on my time through taking up photography again – and which leaves little other leisure … Continue reading

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