Monthly Archives: May 1916

31st May 1916

At the “Swim”. Several torpedo boat destroyers are out here now, and the ships are still ready for sea. Our Admiral went on board the Britannia (flagship 3rd B. S.) this morning. Received a letter from you this a.m. “Hands … Continue reading

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30th May 1916

At Sheerness. Dull weather. Received letters from Mother and Aunt Nina. Received pat of butter from Aunt Nina. Wrote to Mother. 3-30 p.m. Preparations for coaling were being made, but have been stopped again and we are getting ready to … Continue reading

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29th May 1916

At Sheerness. 3rd B. S. have gone out to the “Swim”. They are holding a regatta out there. Very hot day. Received letters from Net and Mother.

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28th May 1916

At Sheerness. Captain went Rounds. Went to Morning Service. Wrote to you this evening. Fine day.

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27th May 1916

At Sheerness. Fine day. HMS Chatham was towed up to Chatham at 11-30 a.m. She proceeded stern first, her bow being considerably down, and I should think the crew had a pretty anxious night. The weather luckily is fine and … Continue reading

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26th May 1916

At Sheerness. Fine day. General Quarters this a.m. We have no sick – such being the result of leave being given. S. B. S. went ashore hoping to meet his wife, but she was not due to arrive until 6-10 … Continue reading

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25th May 1916

At Sheerness. Fine day. The ‘planes have been busy today. For the first time I saw an aviator loop-the-loop and I fairly held my breath, for it is a daring bit of work. I am told that the aviator who … Continue reading

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24th May 1916

At Sheerness. Fine day. Went ashore 1 p.m. had a long walk; a ride in a tram (and a talk with the conductress). Arriving back in the town decided to go to the “Hippodrome” where a concert by the R. … Continue reading

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23rd May 1916

At Sheerness. Fine day. Received letters from Mother and you. Leave given from 1-30 p.m. to 7 p.m. S. B. S. gone ashore to arrange about “digs” for his wife who is coming here on Thursday. Airship, seaplanes and aeroplanes … Continue reading

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22nd May 1916

At “The Swim”. Fine morning and alright when “Hands to bathe” was piped, needless to say plenty of men took the opportunity. Turned dull and rained this afternoon. Gun practice carried out. 4-20 p.m Left for Sheerness. Arrived at Sheerness … Continue reading

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21st May 1916

At “The Swim”. Fine day. Captain went “Rounds”. Went to Morning Service and Holy Communion after. Britannia, Dominion and Diamond went into Sheerness this afternoon. “Hands to bathe” this evening. I hear that 3 German aeroplanes came across last night … Continue reading

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20th May 1916

At “The Swim”. Fine weather. Antrim went in to Sheerness in forenoon for her refit – returns again on June 3rd, when we shall go. A large seaplane has been out around us today – came from Sheerness I think. … Continue reading

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19th May 1916

At “The Swim”. I found out that this is the name of this sand-bank locked area where we are anchored. “The Swim” is practically a lake, the sand banks forming the encircling “land”. When the tide is high the sand … Continue reading

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18th May 1916

At the Nore. Fine day. Firing exercises have been carried out today. Chaplain went for a swim this morning, says water rather cold, but not so bad. Received a letter from Ethel this morning, full of sauce I must add. … Continue reading

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17th May 1916

Left Sheerness at 9 a.m. and anchored near the Nore at 11-30 a.m. The 3rd B. S. are anchored here, also my old ship the Prince George. Like seeing an old friend meeting her again, and she does not look … Continue reading

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16th May 1916

At Sheerness. Fine day. This morning the aeroplanes, seaplanes and 3 airships were out taking advantage of the fine weather. One of the airships, a new pattern known as the “Blimp” went right over the ship, flying so low that … Continue reading

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15th May 1916

At Sheerness. Fairly good weather, but not too settled. I had made up my mind to go on shore from 1 to 7 p.m. but the weather did not look encouraging so I cried off. Two of the others have … Continue reading

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14th May 1916

At Sheerness. Fine morning, but dull during afternoon. After Captain’s Rounds, went to Church. Captain’s banns called for the third time. After Church the Captain had us all on the Quarter Deck and made a short speech about the leave … Continue reading

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13th May 1916

At Sheerness. Dull and rainy. Received a letter from you. Captain had us all on the Quarter Deck this morning and made a long speech. First of all he spoke about the “lookouts” at sea and in harbour, saying they … Continue reading

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12th May 1916

At Sheerness. Turned in at 1-35 a.m. after coaling had finished. The “hands” were out again at 5 a.m. “provisioning ship”, so they did not get much sleep. The first thing I noticed on turning out this morning was the … Continue reading

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11th May 1916

At sea. Foggy during night, syren being busy and keeping me awake. Fine morning, dull in afternoon. Passed down close to English coast. Saw various evidences of the U-boats handiwork, wrecks and wreckages being frequent sights. Mine-sweeping vessels busy all … Continue reading

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10th May 1916

At Queensferry. A fine day. Practised “abandon ship” stations this morning. Seaplanes have been flying about today at a very great height. Look and sound like buzzing bees. They are the machines that flew over the German coast recently. Can’t … Continue reading

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9th May 1916

At Queensferry. Fine forenoon, rainy rest of day. Snow on mountains still. Received letter from Ma this morning. Went ashore this afternoon to play football. Had a very gruelling game, ground rather heavy. Returned on board at 5 p.m. very … Continue reading

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8th May 1916

At Queensferry. Dull and rainy. I learn today that when the ships went out last time, and when that Zep. was brought down (by 7 shots from the Galatea and Phaeton) in the Heligoland Bight, our mine-layers went in and … Continue reading

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7th May 1916

At Queensferry. Finer but still rainy and rather cold. The sudden change in the temperature has given us colds. No rounds. Went to Morning Service. Wrote to you this afternoon and to Aunt Nina this evening. No further mails have … Continue reading

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6th May 1916

At Queensferry. Snowstorm during the night has left the mountains covered with snow. Still dull, but not so rainy. Joy at last. Received a letter from you (dated 30th April); one from Ma; some wedding cake from Ethel Murch. Apparently … Continue reading

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5th May 1916

At Queensferry. Dull and rainy. Ships have come in. Two mine-sweepers and a new mine-layer based here as well. Ships are coaling and are to have steam for full speed at 4 p.m. – perhaps in case the Germans try … Continue reading

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4th May 1916

At Queensferry. Fine day. Ships still out. New Zealand came out of dock.

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3rd May 1916

At Queensferry. Battle-cruisers, light cruisers, t. b. d’s and two seaplane carriers went to sea 2 a.m. I am wondering whether they have gone out to try and “wing” the Zeps. over the sea on their way home to Hunland, … Continue reading

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2nd May 1916

At Queensferry. I was rather surprised to wake up this morning and find that we were still at this place, since we quite expected to go out during the night, being under short notice last night. I hear today that … Continue reading

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1st May 1916

Arrived Queensferry at 5 a.m. I noticed that only one anchor was dropped, instead of the usual two, and fell to wondering what the reason was. Later on I found that I had guessed aright, because as I thought the … Continue reading

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