Monthly Archives: July 1916

31st July 1916

At Scapa. Early this a.m. preparations for sea were made again and I heard our ship, Antrim and some light cruisers were going out for 9 days. Later the fires were allowed to die out and the orders for sea … Continue reading

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30th July 1916

(Sunday) Scapa Flow. Captain went “Rounds”. I went to Morning Service. Wrote to you this afternoon. Went to Evening Service. Devonshire left for Liverpool this evening. Prepared for sea once today but orders were cancelled eventually.

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29th July 1916

At Scapa. Came on quite rough this a.m. We were told off for “Emergency” ship but, owing to something going wrong with the main regulating valve, time for repairs had to be applied for, and so the Devonshire has to … Continue reading

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28th July 1916

At Scapa. Boxing competitions have been held on a ship used for entertainment purposes and for the occasion moored alongside the Monarch. The competitors came from all ships – we sent three – and this afternoon 50 men from each … Continue reading

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27th July 1916

At Scapa. Coaled (950 tons). Received letters from you (and pansies), Mother and Jude. Ma and Jude are home again and better for their holiday at Weston and Plym Bridge respectively. You intend having a week-off and I hope you … Continue reading

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26th July 1916

At sea. Very foggy most of the day and our syren has been “talking” frequently. Making for Scapa since 5 a.m. and hope to arrive in tonight. 8 p.m. Sighted one of the Orkney Islands just after emerging from a … Continue reading

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25th July 1916

At sea. Somewhere North of Norway (62° N). Nothing much doing until this evening when both the Devonshire and our people sighted steamers. We stopped and boarded a Norwegian steamer apparently laden with timber. The Devonshire had trouble with her … Continue reading

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Added Later:- The Devonshire reported having seen 2 mines this afternoon, and whilst we were looking for them some other object was sighted, which proved to be the wheels and body of a seaplane. The tyres on the wheels were … Continue reading

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24th July 1916

At sea. This is the day (I think) Uncle Jim said was going to be the Flower Day in aid of the National Home for Children. If I’m right I hope the result will be a success since the cause … Continue reading

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23rd July 1916

(Sunday) At sea. Two of the destroyers returned to Scapa during the night to re-fuel and will join us again tomorrow. Fog lasted most of the night and there was not much doing in the sleeping line thanks to the … Continue reading

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22nd July 1916

At Scapa. Left in company with the Devonshire and destroyers for Pentland Firth, where we were to carry out Battle Practice. About an hour’s steaming brought us to the “firing grounds”. The Campania and another seaplane ship were patrolling with … Continue reading

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21st July 1916

At Scapa. Provisioned ship this a.m. This evening went out and did some firing. The Devonshire is shortly going to refit, the Fleet Surgeon of her having been over today to ascertain what precautions we took for men going on … Continue reading

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20th July 1916

Arrived Scapa 11 a.m. Must record the fact that fine, warm weather greeted our arrival. Fog, however, marred a real fine day. The 2nd C. S. went on to Cromarty, where it was also “buzzed” we were going, but “nothing … Continue reading

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19th July 1916

At sea. More manoeuvres. We were British ships today under Jellicoe. The Campania had the observation balloon up during the afternoon. Some pretty work was seen during the manoeuvring of the ships, and I wish I  could take some cinematograph … Continue reading

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18th July 1916

At sea. Manoeuvres have been in progress all day, our squadron supposed to be German Battle-cruisers went into action with some of Jellicoe’s Fleet.  Sea-planes were used by the “British” Fleet. A very fine sight was seen when the destroyers … Continue reading

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17th July 1916

At Scapa. Received a surprise letter card from Mother this morning, sent from Weston. I did not know Ma and Dad had already gone on their holiday, and it seems as if they didn’t take long to get away once … Continue reading

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16th July 1916

(Sunday) At Scapa. Did not go to sea after all, the 2 hours notice being “washed out” this morning and fires drawn. During the night several ship sof the Temeraire and Colossus class have joined up from Cromarty. This is … Continue reading

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15th July 1916

At Scapa. Coaled early this morning, afterwards went out on the torpedo-range and did some torpedo-running. Returned to anchorage after completion of exercises. Wrote to you this afternoon. Had to write the allowed two paged affair and I did not … Continue reading

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14th July 1916

At Scapa Flow. I received a call at 6 p.m. this morning by the Fleet Surgeon’s servant. The F. S. sent up to have his leg dressed before the firing started. I hastily dressed and went down to him. I … Continue reading

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13th July 1916

At Scapa. Funny I should have mentioned about the observation balloon yesterday, and today having to record that it broke away from the Campania and vanished in the clouds. Seaplanes went up to locate it but with what kind of … Continue reading

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12th July 1916

At Scapa. Valiant arrived today so all the big ships are ready for action again. Went down to dress Fleet Surgeon at 3-30 p.m. Got in conversation with him and was asked how long I had been in ship. I … Continue reading

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11th July 1916

At Scapa. Went out on the firing range at 7 a.m. passing the new battleship Royal Sovereign en route. Firing exercises carried out during forenoon and afternoon. Several other ships similarly engaged. Two battleships of the Warspite class and one … Continue reading

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10th July 1916

At Scapa. A result of our long trip was that 1,025 tons of coal had to be taken in. A cheer went up last evening when this pipe was made – “Hands will not coal ship till 6 a.m. tomorrow” … Continue reading

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9th July 1916

(Sunday) At sea. Fine day and calm. Held Morning Service. Devonshire and destroyers met us during the early hours. Started passing Shetland Isles about 9 a.m. and passed Fair Isle about 1 p.m. I was told this afternoon that the … Continue reading

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8th July 1916

At sea. Dull, rainy, “choppy”. Poldhu gave us particulars today of Jellicoe’s dispatch, and altho’ it is good news, we are not quite satisfied on board, and think all the known losses have not been given – perhaps to let … Continue reading

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7th July 1916

At sea. Dull, rainy, sea “choppy”. A few thresher whales have been seen today. Passed a small Norwegian fishing vessel this morning – only vessel seen today. Made remark this evening “Expect they are wondering at home why no letter … Continue reading

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6th July 1916

At sea. Fine. Although I have not seen any myself I am told some whales and a walrus have been seen at times. I hear we are to go 600 miles North of the Faroe Isles. Went to General Quarters … Continue reading

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5th July 1916

At sea. Devonshire left us and went off in another direction during night. The destroyers having escorted us out of the submarine zone returned to Scapa. The “Northern Lights” are present at this time of the year and it was … Continue reading

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4th July 1916

At Scapa Flow. Coaled and left at 10 a.m. with the Devonshire and three destroyers. Am very unhappy over the inability to get a letter away to you. Last night I had hopes of this job not coming off, but … Continue reading

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3rd July 1916

At Scapa Flow. Left our anchorage at 7 a.m. and went out on the firing grounds. Carried out certain gunnery exercises. Nearby was the battleship Royal Sovereign adjusting her compasses. We returned to anchorage in afternoon. 9 p.m. “Hands will … Continue reading

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2nd July 1916

(Sunday) At Scapa. Cold, rainy and foggy. Captain went “rounds”. Afterwards I went to Morning Service, followed by Holy Communion. This evening, went to a Service from 6 – 7 p.m. Had our usual hymnal service afterwards. I hear that … Continue reading

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