Monthly Archives: September 1916

30th September 1916

At sea. Clock back ½ hour. This is the last day for the D. S. Bill in England – now will be the time for the “evening strollers” again and they no doubt will welcome a return to the old … Continue reading

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29th September 1916

At sea. Weather turned rough, and with a head sea things are rather unpleasant. Am feeling rather rotten myself, and the poor soldiers have my “symps”. Clock put back another half-hour.

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28th September 1916

At Sea. Clock put on half an hour during night – this is where we lose sleep. Still ploughing along at 12 or 13 knots, ahead of the transports. Fog signalling was carried out during the morning with the ships. … Continue reading

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27th September 1916

At Sea. Left Halifax at 7 a.m. with 5 transports – Lapland, Southland, Laconia, Corsican, Tuscania. I was awakened by the men cheering quite early and on getting out to see what was doing, I witnessed the departure from the … Continue reading

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26th September 1916

At Halifax. The two transports left the jetty during the night and were replaced by two more. These have been embarking troops during the day, one leaving the jetty midst great cheers at 5 p.m. Leave to Petty Officers given … Continue reading

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25th September 1916

At Halifax. This was a great day last year, for it was the day on which the Loos affair took place. We were here, and I remember the news being sent by special wireless from England, and how it was … Continue reading

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24th September 1916

(Sunday) At Halifax. Captain went “rounds”. The second S. B. S. of the Antrim came aboard this morning for the Roman Catholic Service. I recognised him immediately as a young fellow who was a probationer in the R. N. H. … Continue reading

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23rd September 1916

At Halifax. Antrim arrived in early this morning. The liner Lapland also came in and moored up to a jetty. She is taking over troops to England. There is a rumour that we are going to escort her over. The … Continue reading

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22nd September 1916

At Halifax. A mail arrived today but as I did not expect any letters I was not disappointed at not receiving any. Wrote to Aunt Nina. Leave granted, the S. B. S. having gone I hope to go tomorrow. 10 … Continue reading

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21st September 1916

At Halifax. Coaled ship, 980 tons. Wrote to you, Nina and Mother this afternoon, and I feel happier now those letters are written and posted, for the delay of the past 11 days has weighed heavily on my mind and … Continue reading

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20th September 1916

At sea. Much colder and today we are in blues again. Sighted land at noon. Arrived Halifax at 5-40 p.m. The Antrim has gone out. The Leviathan has arrived from England with Admiral Browning and his Staff. He is in … Continue reading

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19th September 1916

At sea. Early this forenoon a notice was put up informing us that the ship was returning to Halifax and would arrive there tomorrow evening. A small cruiser (Isis?) appeared on the scene about 8-30 a.m. so I presume she … Continue reading

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18th September 1916

At sea. Rig:- All whites. Stopped three steamers today. Went to Cinema show this evening. Charlie was featured “In the Park”, a picture that has been shown aboard here on a previous occasion, but still was acceptable, since it is … Continue reading

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17th September 1916

(Sunday) At sea. Rig:- white trousers, serge coat. Rather warmer today. For the first time since I have been afloat I had to attend “Divisions” today, thanks to the Captain having suddenly woke up and trying to make matters “a … Continue reading

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16th September 1916

At sea. Passed Sandy Hook this morning at 7 o’clock. Later on we increased speed and kept zig-zagging, so I made enquiries as to the reason, and was told that a message had been received from C-in-C at Halifax stating … Continue reading

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15th September 1916

At sea. G. Q’s this morning. Our cat still remains with us, and seems quite happy here. Finished “Thelma” and I was sorry when I reached the end, and thereabouts I received a gentle hint about home, for on the … Continue reading

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14th September 1916

At sea. This morning we went in close to the 3 mile limit outside Delaware Bay. An American t. b. d. hung about to see we didn’t go inside the territorial waters. Saw several steamers, but could not see the … Continue reading

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13th September 1916

At sea. Very warm today and we are glad to be in whites. Warm as it is I had a double round this morning just to keep in fettle a bit and it does one good. Whilst we were doubling … Continue reading

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12th September 1916

At sea. Just after dinner all of a sudden “General Quarters” was sounded. This was unexpected since the time was unusual for this if it was a drill. In consequence we thought there must be some other reason and so … Continue reading

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11th September 1916

At sea. We arrived off New York – can’t see it though but it is not far off. We are to patrol up and down here.

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10th September 1916

(Sunday) At sea. Captain went “rounds”. Went to Morning Service and Holy Communion – felt much better for having done what I have not been able to for the past four Sundays. We passed a big liner this forenoon apparently … Continue reading

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9th September 1916

At Halifax. Evidence convincing enough was present early this forenoon with regards to going to sea. Mail was closed at 12-30 p.m. Postman informs us that a big mail is due tomorrow and I fancy your letter, probably written on … Continue reading

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8th September 1916

At Halifax. I wrote to George Bond this morning to catch the mail which closed at 12-30 p.m. Would have written to you also but had not time in which to catch mail. As leave was given I wrote to … Continue reading

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7th September 1916

At Halifax. A small mail arrived today consisting of letters written on the 24th Aug. – the second to reach here since our arrival. It seems that the letters take a fortnight to come out to us. I did not … Continue reading

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6th September 1916

At Halifax. Antrim arrived early this morning. Apparently she did not bring any gold, for she has been coaling since her arrival. Sent two cases to the Naval Sick Quarters – a small place in the small Dockyard. Leave given … Continue reading

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5th September 1916

At Halifax.  Busy in S. B. – the bed cases numbering 5 – mostly accidents; one appendicitis. Leave given, S. B. S. and one S. B. A. gone ashore. Fishing from the ship is the pastime here, and some good … Continue reading

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4th September 1916

At Halifax. Wrote to you, Cousins Fred and Net. Leave given from 4-30 to 10 p.m. so went ashore with one of the S. B. A’s. Had a walk around until 6-30 p.m. The town is not much of a … Continue reading

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3rd September 1916

(Sunday) At Halifax. No Sunday routine this a.m., the men being employed in cleaning up after yesterday’s evolution. Ammunition and other stores which we brought out with us for Bermuda Dockyard has been transferred to the Cumberland, so I suppose … Continue reading

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2nd September 1916

At Halifax. Dull and rainy. Coaled ship. Had fresh meat today – first since leaving Plymouth – and it was a treat after the alternate corned beef and salt pork. Another thing we had in the eating line was some … Continue reading

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1st September 1916

Arrived Halifax 8-30 a.m. By our watches and the ship’s clock the time was 7-30 a.m. but at 8 a.m. the clock was put on to 9 a.m., the reason being that the Daylight Saving Bill is not inoperation here. … Continue reading

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