Monthly Archives: April 1916

30th April 1916

(Sunday) At sea. There is no doubt about this trip being a secret sort of business and the whole thing reminds me of a secret service plot. This morning at 3-30 a.m. we went in close to the coast and … Continue reading

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29th April 1916

At Sea. Foggy during night and the syren kept us awake for some time. Foggy during afternoon. Fine day and sea calm. Rather cold though, until 4 p.m. when I think we must have run into the Gulf Stream at … Continue reading

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28th April 1916

At Queensferry. Contrary to expectations we did not go to sea after all. In consequence the officers and men training for the sports to be held on the 5th May (???) went ashore at 6-30 a.m. We had some trial … Continue reading

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27th April 1916

At Queensferry. Fine day. Sports party 6-30 a.m. Went and sprinted the 100 and 440 yds course. Lovely day. Short notice all day. Secured for sea. Expect to go to sea during night. Letter to you.

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26th April 1916

At Queensferry. Coaling till 1 a.m. Turned in at 1-30 a.m. Raining then. Foggy morning. Battle and light cruisers, also t. b. d’s came in, “Coaled and oiled” with all speed. Still under notice for sea. All day. Likely to … Continue reading

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25th April 1916

Left for sea at 3-30 a.m. All ships out. Signal received at 8 a.m. stating that German ships had bombarded Lowestoft at 4-30 a.m. and were last seen steaming northward. A later signal from Lowestoft states that there were 4 … Continue reading

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24th April 1916

At Queensferry. Fine but very squally. All ships received notice this afternoon to prepare for sea. The battle and light cruisers were ready for full speed at 6-30 p.m. 10-30 p.m. The battle and light cruisers, accompanied by torpedo boat … Continue reading

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23rd April 1916

At sea until 1 p.m. when we anchored at the old place again. The Chaplain gave notice on Friday that Holy Communion would take place on Sunday at 7-15 a.m. and 11-15 a.m. To my surprise at 7-10 a.m. this … Continue reading

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22nd April 1916

Went to sea at 7 a.m. All the ships except the Dreadnought, Dominion and Crescent – in dock at Rosyth – now out to sea. I hear confidentially that one of our storeships struck a mine 7½ miles S.W. of … Continue reading

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21st April 1916

Good Friday Again spent at Queensferry under conditions of war. May the next one be more peaceful. You inform me that the famous Ridgeway buns are not to be made this year – another sign of the times. Attended Morning … Continue reading

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