Monthly Archives: December 1916

31st December 1916

(Sunday) At Kingston. Captain went “Rounds”. Went to Morning Service on Quarter Deck. Afterwards went to Communion. I am watch aboard tonight and being on duty prevented me from attending Evening Service at 6 p.m. Turned in at 10-15 p.m. … Continue reading

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30th December 1916

At Kingston. A native fishing off the ship this morning caught a huge tarpon. The fish took him 20 minutes to get it into the boat, and only the skill of the fisherman saved his line from breaking and losing … Continue reading

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29th December 1916

At Kingston. G. Q’s carried out at 6-30 a.m, rather early for evolutions but in accordance with new routine. This took up our time until 7-30 a.m. The good thing about the early spasm lay in the fact that we … Continue reading

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28th December 1916

At Kingston. Arose 5-30 a.m. and wrote letter to you and enclosed photo, feel much happier now this duty has been performed. Posted letters later. Chaplain informs me that 40 bags of mails left Halifax for us on Xmas Eve, … Continue reading

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27th December 1916

At Kingston. “Mail will close at noon tomorrow” reads a notice placed on the board. I must get busy with my letters and photos for you folks. Rumours of the arrival on a mail were current today, but the steamer … Continue reading

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26th December 1916

At Kingston. Had to go to Hospital with a patient this morning. I enjoyed the drive to the Camp very much. The town is very quiet today, a native informing me that the people had gone to Church, anyhow it … Continue reading

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25th December 1916

At Kingston. Here’s wishing you all, relations and friends, the happiest of Xmastides, if it can be so with those who are dear to you all, away from home and so not able to keep you happy by their presence. … Continue reading

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24th December 1916

At Kingston. Captain went “Rounds”. Afterwards I went to Morning Service on the upper deck. This afternoon had photo taken again. I am watch aboard tonight and have given part of the time up to preparations for tomorrow’s dinner. We … Continue reading

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23rd December 1916

At Kingston. The steamer conveying our mails to Halifax left today. Leave was given from 1-30 p.m. to 7-30 p.m. but men were not allowed ashore from 1-30 p.m. unless they had a helmet or white straw hat. I did … Continue reading

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22nd December 1916

At Kingston (Jamaica). Left Port Royal early this morning and anchored off the above place shortly afterwards. Our divers have been trying to find a gun mounting which fell in the water some time ago whilst being taken out of … Continue reading

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21st December 1916

Arrived at Port Royal (opposite Kingston) at 8-30 a.m. It is a good job we came in for it was coming on rather rough and our motion was getting rather nasty in consequence. We have come here to coal and, … Continue reading

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20th December 1916

At sea. Cruising off Dominica, until the evening when we left for Jamaica. Wrote to Miss Hocken, so now I have four ready for the mail. The Glasgow and Bristol are patrolling near the Falkland Is. Many Happy Returns to … Continue reading

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19th December 1916

At sea.  Cruising off Dominica. G. Q’s this morning, and wasn’t it warm work collecting, transporting and attending to the many “wounded”. Efficiency in First Aid treatment seems to be one of the Captain’s foremost thoughts, judging by the trend … Continue reading

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December 18th 1916

At sea. Passed Turks Island at 7 a.m. A notice was placed on board later, stating that ship would arrive at Kingston on Thursday. This afternoon we have been cruising off Dominica and Turtuga Islands. Turned away from them at … Continue reading

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17th December 1916

At sea. Captain went “Rounds”. We afterwards went to Morning Service which, of course, had to be held on the Upper Deck, even then we were sweating under the sun-screens. I afterwards went to Communion Service, which was held in … Continue reading

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16th December 1916

At sea. This afternoon at 3-30 p.m. a stoker was brought to the Sick Bay with his right little toe hanging off, a hatch having come down rather quicker than he expected whilst in the act of closing it. I … Continue reading

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15th December 1916

At sea. Nothing to report of importance. Still steaming about at a speed of 9 knots. We very rarely see a vessel, and one is set wondering to know why we have to Patrol here. The Captain had intended going … Continue reading

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14th December 1916

At sea. The steamer went off on a different course during the night, and so we missed her. Have been steaming about all day in various directions but could not find her. She cannot be the raider, however,  for that … Continue reading

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13th December 1916

At sea. Passed some small islands this morning (name not known). We parted company with the oil-steamer about noon, she going North and we south-east. We increased speed after leaving her. Have been steering a south-easterly course ever since. Weather … Continue reading

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12th December 1916

At sea. We were off Porto Rico at noon today, so we are still hanging about the W. I. islands. A signal was received from Jamaica at 3-30 p.m. to all British ships, and had something to do with the … Continue reading

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11th December 1916

At sea. Passed several of the W. I. islands today. A notice was placed on the board this afternoon stating that information had been received about the “raider”. She was 1300 miles eastward of our course. Many rumours are in … Continue reading

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10th December 1916

Arrived Kingston (Jamaica) at 8-30 a.m. Our invalids were early astir and woke me by their talk and preparations. Later a sergeant and private of the R. A. M. C. came on board and took them to Hospital. The ship … Continue reading

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9th December 1916

At sea. Passed Cuba Isle about 8 a.m. Heard that an armed liner is known to be at large in the Atlantic. Her description is known, also her armament and approximate whereabouts. She is too far North for us to … Continue reading

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8th December 1916

At sea. Phew! some hot this weather. Don’t remember having got about so short of clothes before; only wearing a flannel and trousers, with usual footwear. The men on the upper deck are working with straw hats on – this … Continue reading

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7th December 1916

At sea. “All whites” today, so you can guess we have struck it hot. I remarked once today what a curio it would be for you people at home to receive a photograph of us in white clothes at this … Continue reading

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6th December 1916

At sea. News of Mr. Asquith’s resignation contained in today’s Poldhu. The mental case woke me early this morning with his chatter and laughter. He is a funny old fellow, and finishes his sentences or answers questions with “Oh! yes … Continue reading

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5th December 1916

At Bermuda. Had to go to the Hospital this morning to draw some stores. Whilst there Dr. Turnbull had a yarn with me. Said he had been wanting to tell me that the two Surgeons who examined me the other … Continue reading

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4th December 1916

At Bermuda. Provisioning ship. Drake left unexpectedly – for England it is said. Wherever she is going she has taken our mail. There have been rumours for some time about her going home, and only yesterday on meeting the 2nd … Continue reading

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3rd December 1916

[Sunday] At Bermuda. No Rounds thank goodness. Went to Morning Service. Afterwards had my photograph taken – the 6th try during the past fortnight. I record that fact so that you will not be able to accuse me of not … Continue reading

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2nd December 1916

At Bermuda. “Coal ship” 350 tons. Went to Hospital this morning with two cases. They are very busy there and quite unapproachable. I asked S. B. S. Gout if there was any news about my coming up, and he stated … Continue reading

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1st December 1916

At Bermuda. At 7-30 a.m.we left harbour and went to sea with the Drake for Battle Practice firing. The weather was fine at first but came in very dirty eventually. We got through our firing O. K, breaking up one … Continue reading

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