Monthly Archives: October 1916

31st October 1916

At sea. Very rough night and little sleep in consequence. Felt very bad all morning. Speed was eased down in the forenoon and then the motion eased off considerably. I could not keep any food down until teatime. At Evening … Continue reading

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30th October 1916

At sea. Passed Isle of Man at 8-30 a.m. Passed Rathlin Isle at 12-30 p.m. and had Irish coast on port hand all afternoon and evening. Left the coast later and our destroyer-escort returned to their base at 8 p.m. … Continue reading

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29th October 1916

At Liverpool. Everything was got ready to leave at 7 a.m. and the anchor weighed, but almost immediately dropped again, owing (as I found out afterwards) to the fact that one of our destroyer-escort had developed engine trouble, which would … Continue reading

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28th October 1916

At Liverpool. The Chaplain told me this morning that we should probably go to sea today. I learned just after that preparations were being made. A lot of men put in for week-ends, but the Commander would not grant any … Continue reading

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27th October 1916

At Liverpool. Very rough. The ship was unmoored and taken down river a little but as the anchors would not grip in the places tried we had to anchor in our old position again. Even here it is not too … Continue reading

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26th October 1916

At Liverpool. Went ashore this morning to make arrangements for a hospital case. Officials from the Admiralty and Ferry Company had a sort of inquiry in the Captain’s cabin this morning about the collision the other night. That collision, by … Continue reading

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25th October 1916

At Liverpool. The Chaplain’s rumour has not come true, and leave has been granted as per usual. Steam was raised this morning though and until I learned the reason for this I thought the Chaplain was to prove right. However, … Continue reading

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24th October 1916

At Liverpool. What I hoped would take place today has not done so, namely the transporting of the bullion and discharge of ratings. If this had taken place I should have been convinced that after all we were not going … Continue reading

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23rd October 1916

At Liverpool. Coaled ship. There was a great rumour again about going to sea tonight. Two destroyers which came in yesterday and were supposed to be our escort have been ordered to Queenstown. I attended to the Chaplain this morning … Continue reading

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22nd October 1916

At Liverpool. Captain went “rounds”. Church was held but there was a big crowd and I could not get to the Service. However, I retrieved lost honours by attending Holy Communion. I hear that U53 has been sunk by the … Continue reading

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21st October 1916

At Liverpool. A rumour started this morning about going to sea today, but several men put in for week-end leave in spite of this. The Commander would not see them, and stated that there would be no leave. The stokers … Continue reading

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20th October 1916

At Liverpool. G. Q’s. A great rumour started this a.m.  to the effect that we were leaving here on the 27th to escort the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire to Canada. I went down to attend to the Chaplain and … Continue reading

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19th October 1916

At Liverpool. Rumours still busy. Finished off the anti-gas apparatus, thank goodness. The Captain has been worrying about these things, goodness knows for why. Leave was piped this dinner-time for one watch from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. tomorrow. This … Continue reading

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18th October 1916

At Liverpool. Despite rumours of departure during the early hours we are still here. Rumours – varied and lacking confirmation – are plentiful. Goodness knows where we are not going and what we are not going to do. A 2nd … Continue reading

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17th October 1916

At Liverpool. Coaling from 5 a.m. till 11 a.m. Nearly 1400 tons taken in. Received letter from you; glad to find you had present and like it. Preparations for sea have been made, but S. B. S. and others allowed … Continue reading

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16th October 1916

At Liverpool. Bullion was taken on board this morning. It was conveyed to the ship by 5 waggons guarded by soldiers with fixed bayonets. At 10 a.m. we moved out of dock into the stream. Sent a boy to Hospital … Continue reading

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15th October 1916

At Liverpool. Dock was flooded at 10 a.m. It has been very cold today. I have been watch aboard. Wrote letters to you and Jude. A lot of men have come aboard from Chatham for passage to Bermuda, among them … Continue reading

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14th October 1916

At Liverpool. Received letters from you and Jude. So glad to hear from you both. Jude seems happy enough and the person she is staying with seems a perfect Mother to her. Fancy bringing up a basin of possidge to … Continue reading

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13th October 1916

At Liverpool. S. B. A. Wood brought his wife aboard this afternoon, also a soldier friend of his who has been wounded at the Front and at present convalescent in a Hospital here. Passes signed by the Commander have to … Continue reading

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12th October 1916

At Liverpool. A lot more men have requested leave, so the Commander has granted 24 hours to each watch – but this is no good to Plymothians and other people who live a long distance away. The leave has been … Continue reading

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11th October 1916

At Liverpool. Several men other than P. O’s requested leave to Plymouth and other places and the Commander granted leave until 8 p.m. Friday night; I was going to put in a request but on hearing that so short a … Continue reading

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10th October 1916

At Liverpool. Received two calls during the night, one man having fallen from his hammock and cut his head open, the other having eaten some oysters on shore and been rewarded by severe internal pains. This morning I received a … Continue reading

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9th October 1916

At Liverpool. Shifted into the dry dock this forenoon. S. B. S. granted leave from noon till noon tomorrow. His wife arrives tonight. Sent case to Hospital. The contractor’s men have made a start on repairing the leaking plates and … Continue reading

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8th October 1916

At Liverpool. No “rounds”. The Mauretania was taken out of the dry dock this morning and I “snapped” her, for she is such a fine looking vessel. She has been acting as troop and hospital ship during the war, mostly … Continue reading

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7th October 1916

At Liverpool (Canada Dock). Leave granted to men living at Manchester, Salford, Stoke and outlying places until 10 a.m. on Monday. Leave granted to Liverpool men until 7 a.m. on Monday. Captain has gone on leave. It was my watch … Continue reading

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6th October 1916

At Liverpool. This morning at 5 o’clock we shifted further up the harbour and anchored opposite New Brighton Law Courts – this being on the opposite side of the Mersey to Liverpool. The transports have gone into docks to discharge … Continue reading

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5th October 1916

At sea. Sighted land (Malin Hd) early this morning. Destroyers should have met us hereabouts but altho’ we circled around for some time they did not turn up, as after sending a wireless message to them we held on our … Continue reading

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4th October 1916

At sea. Fine. Nothing of importance to record today.

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3rd October 1916

At sea. Finer. Many happy returns of the day to you Mabs. Last year on this day we were homeward bound from Halifax – oh! these coincidences. What will Oct. 3rd 1917 bring for us I wonder – Peace? I … Continue reading

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2nd October 1916

At sea. Weather better and I have been able to get going today O.K. A leak was discovered in the Boatswain’s and Carpenter’s storerooms this morning, both places being full of water. The Captain was informed and the places subsequently … Continue reading

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1st October 1916

[Sunday] At sea. Still rough. No Rounds or Church. Am not sorry because we had an awful night last night, shipping some huge seas which went right over the Bridge. Water came in in several places in the Sick Bay … Continue reading

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