Monthly Archives: June 1916

30th June 1916

At Scapa. Calm but foggy. Mails delayed owing to fog. Cinema show tonight, first since we left Queensferry. Have not been but hear it is good.

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29th June 1916

At Scapa. With Admiral Browning and two other Admirals on board we went out to test the Burney Paravane this morning. It cut two out of three “mines” successfully. I am told that the inventor of this apparatus is Lieutenant … Continue reading

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28th June 1916

At Scapa. Weather dull and rough towards evening. Wrote to Mother this afternoon. A new mine-catching apparatus has come on board and we are going to test it tomorrow, on dummy mines of course. It is known as the Burney … Continue reading

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June 27th 1916

At Scapa. The Antrim and Devonshire came in this a.m. They have been out for 8 days patrol. The Donegal has gone out presumably on the same duty. One of the Battle Squadrons have been holding a Regatta today, and … Continue reading

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26th June 1916

At Scapa. Fine day. Learn today that Antrim and Devonshire are out patrolling North of Shetlands to Norwegian Coast. We have taken aboard 70 bags of mails for these ships, but have received none of our own mails. We were … Continue reading

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25th June 1916

At Scapa Flow. Foggy and rainy. Went to Morning Service. This afternoon I thought of our walk last Sunday, and I took out your photo and  gazed long at the fact that is so dear to me. How I wished … Continue reading

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24th June 1916

Arrived Scapa Flow at 3 p.m. Have been crawling along in a thick fog most of the day. A store ship was on one of the islands outside Scapa and apparently efforts were being made to tow her off. I … Continue reading

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23rd June 1916

At sea. Left Sheerness 3 a.m. in company of two destroyers. Needless to say we were sorry to leave this place for the “miserable North”. Our sick list is quickly developing and today we have 3 bed cases, also about … Continue reading

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22nd June 1916

At Chatham [Sheerness?]. Ammunitioning ship all day. S. B. S. got leave to go ashore until 7 p.m Wrote to Eth. Rather disappointed at not getting a letter from you. Have felt very miserable and a  letter would have worked … Continue reading

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21st June 1916

At Chatham. George Bond came over during dinner-hour. He is watch ashore tonight and wanted to know if I could go with him. As we are shifting down to Sheerness tonight, all hopes of further leave are blighted. Glad George … Continue reading

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20th June 1916

At Chatham. Left Plymouth 8-23 p.m. Mother, Jude and you kept up bravely, but I was not deceived as to how you were really feeling. You looked sad in the last few minutes, poor old girlie. Exchanged notes. Thought of … Continue reading

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13th June 1916

At Chatham. First leave returned 7 a.m. We (2nd leave) received our railway tickets at 8-30 a.m. and then went to station. Caught train at Chatham 9-40 a.m. Arrived Victoria 11-10 a.m. Went by “tube” to Paddington caught the noon … Continue reading

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12th June 1916

At Chatham. Nasty old day, so cold and miserable. Wrote and posted letter to Judy. Got busy this evening packing up things for taking home tomorrow. Money paid to men going on second leave. We shall get away early in … Continue reading

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11th June 1916

(Sunday) At Chatham. Commander gave leave at 10 a.m. today. Woods S. B. A. went off at noon, all smiles and parcels. He is pleased as Punch over the teapot. Wrote to Jude this afternoon. Has been a cold, dreary … Continue reading

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10th June 1916

At “Chats”, Received a letter from Ethel Murch. Wrote to you this afternoon. 10-30 p.m. Returned from ashore. Went ashore at 6 p.m. bought a present – a silver-plated teapot costing 15/- for Woods S. B. A. who goes on … Continue reading

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9th June 1916

At Chatham. The painters started on the Sick Bay today – result, upside down and paint everywhere. Received letters from you and Jude today. Have written to Nina. S. B. A. from Gossamer came on board. He is a Millbrook … Continue reading

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8th June 1916

At Chatham. Fine day. Sent S. B. A. Woods on shore this afternoon. It is said that the 2nd leave has been evened up so as to make the same as the 1st leave. The 1st leave would have had … Continue reading

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7th June 1916

At Chatham. The morning paper unfortunately has no hopeful news of Lord Kitchener and his Staff, nor of the crew f the Hampshire. This happening is hard to get over and it is a tremendous blow to the Nation without … Continue reading

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6th June 1916

At Sheerness. The first leave people were paid 10 days money this a.m. and will proceed on leave as soon as the ship is in dock this afternoon. Wrote a letter to Ma and which will be posted with yours … Continue reading

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5th June 1916

At Sheerness. This morning at 9-30 a.m. the following was piped:- “Ship will refit this week”. This was cheered, as also was a “pipe” that followed viz:- “All men going on first leave will muster by the Ledger at 12-30 … Continue reading

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4th June 1916

At Sheerness. Rough and rainy. Captain went “rounds”. I attended Morning Service and, afterwards, Holy Communion. The papers contain several accounts of the “Great Battle”. There is a small account about Admiral Beatty having been saved, but it is not … Continue reading

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3rd June 1916

At Sheerness. This morning’s papers contain a report of the battle which I have mentioned about in my notes for the past two days. It has been of a decisive character too and we have lost rather severely. I think … Continue reading

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2nd June 1916

At the “Swim”. Fine weather and quite a contrast to that of yesterday. T. B. brought out mails etc this morning, seemed surprised to hear that we had – or rather the fellows who went over, such as the postman … Continue reading

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1st June 1916

“Somewhere off the Thames”. Heard early this morning that an action between light cruisers and destroyers had been fought off Scapa Flow. Also that the Warspite has been mined. Should not be surprised if there has been an action in … Continue reading

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