Monthly Archives: November 1916

30th November 1916

At Bermuda. Had an “interview” with the Captain today with regards to having exam. ante-dated to Aug 24th. It will be rather hard on me if I am to lose the three months seniority and pay through the movements of … Continue reading

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29th November 1916

At Bermuda. Wrote letters to Ma, Nina and Net in readiness for next mail. Rough again today.

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28th November 1916

At Bermuda. G. C’s again this morning. More firing. Night firing was to have been carried out but the weather would not permit, being rather rough. Bathing party was also cancelled for same reason. A signal was made from Levi. … Continue reading

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27th November 1916

At Bermuda. Left harbour 7 a.m. and went out into St. George’s Bay. Firing exercises have been in progress all day. Anchored in the Bay again at 3-30 p.m. A bathing party started away from the ship but could not … Continue reading

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26th November 1916

At Bermuda. “Rounds”. Went to Morning Service and Holy Communion. Was going ashore to the Hospital this afternoon, but owing to the liberty boat going earlier than expected I was not able to go. Had my photograph taken again, and … Continue reading

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26th November 1916

12-30 a.m. (26th): Just about to retire, the patient having been put to bed and made comfortable with opiates, and hot fomentations to stomach. I looked out the port just now, and you can imagine my surprise when I spotted … Continue reading

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25th November 1916

At Bermuda. I record my thanks to all of you at home who I know would be wishing me Many Happy Returns. It would be a change for me to have a birthday at home – also a Xmas but … Continue reading

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24th November 1916

At Bermuda. Firing exercises were carried out this morning and afternoon. It was a good job I started getting my letters ready because the mail was closed at 4 p.m. I sent letters to you, Jude and Cousin Eth. Did … Continue reading

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23rd November 1916

At Bermuda. A grand day. Went out into St. George’s Bay early this morning and during the day carried out torpedo and gunnery exercises. Sharks are about in fair numbers and one has been swimming about close to the ship … Continue reading

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22nd November 1916

At Bermuda. The mail for England – the last before Xmas – closed at 5 p.m. today on board this ship, but it will not leave until Saturday. We are going out for torpedo exercise tomorrow so the mail had … Continue reading

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21st November 1916

At Bermuda. This morning I had to take a case to Hospital. Just as I was leaving, S. B. S. Gort informed me that a signal was being made to the ship for Woods and I to attend tomorrow at … Continue reading

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20th November 1916

At Bermuda. Fine day. The Bermudian from Halifax arrived this morning so we were in high glee through hopes of a mail. This afternoon I went ashore to play football, and had a very nice game. Weather seems just nice … Continue reading

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19th November 1916

(Sunday) At Bermuda. “Rounds”. Went to Morning Service. Fine but very windy and to such an extent that communication with the shore was impossible until 3 p.m. Leave was then given to oficers only. This was very disappointing to me … Continue reading

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18th November 1916

At Bermuda. Very wet and dull day. This morning at 6-15 I was awakened by cheering on the foc’s’le above us. Hearing the cheers returned I guessed what was taking place – the Metagama sailing with her troops accompanied by … Continue reading

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17th November 1916

At Bermuda. Fine day. Dr. Turnbull arrived yesterday with his wife and child. He has spoken to some of our fellows on shore and seems quite pleased with his new job. Hope to meet him soon. This afternoon the Metagama … Continue reading

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16th November 1916

At Bermuda. It was very rough this morning, but calmed again this afternoon. The Drake and the Allan liner Metagama arrived this morning from England, the former having escorted the liner out as she was carrying troops. I am informed … Continue reading

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15th November 1916

At Bermuda. 780 tons of coal taken in by dinnertime, accompanied throughout by “some” showers, which besides making the “hands” wet through also made the decks in a fine mire. Consolation lay in the fact that the rain kept the … Continue reading

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14th November 1916

At sea. Had G. Q’s again this a.m. – more agony, and “blue air” caused by the vented feelings. It was very hot work too, a lot of us taking our coats off. Of course, we have been in “whites” … Continue reading

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13th November 1916

At sea. “G. Q’s” again this a.m. This is getting too sad for words and this exercise is not so often practised on board the first class fighting ships. It makes one fairly fed up, more so because alterations – … Continue reading

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12th November 1916

At sea. Fine night, and calm though rather dull and breezy day. Captain went “Rounds”. I missed both Church and Holy Communion. Our patrol ended at 5 p.m. and we are now on our way to Bermuda. This morning we … Continue reading

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11th November 1916

At sea. Better night and a fine morning. Came on choppy during afternoon, but this evening it is lovely and clear, with a fine moon. It is decidedly warmer too now that we are further south. We are patrolling between … Continue reading

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10th November 1916

At Sea. Rotten night but weather cleared up during the day. G. Q’s this morning. This exercise gets more strenuous each time, and fresh items are introduced, so that one cannot get settled to one routine. One time we are … Continue reading

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9th November 1916

At Halifax. This morning we knew from various happenings that we should be leaving some time during the day. The mail was unexpectedly closed – which caught us napping – and a stock of fresh provisions taken in. Again, this … Continue reading

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8th November 1916

At Halifax. Provisioning ship has been in progress all day. Other gear has also been taken aboard – gear that we brought from England on our first trip for use at Bermuda, but which we left behind when we went … Continue reading

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7th November 1916

Arrived Halifax at 7 a.m. Had a good night. Weather here fine, but of course very cold. The Carnarvon and Laurentic (armed liner) are the only ships here besides our own ship. On arrival the gold was trasnferred to a … Continue reading

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6th November 1916

At Sea. Much better night and I had the best night’s rest since leaving Liverpool. We were 135 miles from Halifax at noon by direct course, but altho’ we could have got in easily tonight, speed was slackened and we … Continue reading

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5th November 1916

At sea. Very rough night and ditto day. Heavy seas have been encountered and, of course, we are getting the full benefit of it now we are travelling at a greater speed. The Sick Bay, in fact, most parts of … Continue reading

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4th November 1916

At sea. Finer. This forenoon a wireless signal was received reporting the presence of a submarine in the Atlantic and ordering all necessary precaution to be taken. Speed was increased to 15 knots and submarine look-outs posted.

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3rd November 1916

At sea. G. Q’s again today, thus adding to an already busy time resulting from having 20 on the sick list. If anyone mentions “General Quarters” to me after this war I shall faint or do something else out of … Continue reading

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2nd November 1916

At sea. Ditto rotten night. Been better in myself today though. We have plenty of work to do and one does not want to be unwell. The Olympic passed us outward bound.

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1st November 1916

At sea. Rotten night again. These nocturnal gales are most wretched affairs and leave one so absolutely done up in the morning when “turning out” time comes. Had G. Q’s this morning to make things worse and the Captain fairly … Continue reading

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