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 go out at any time.

S. B. S. managed to get ashore for a couple of hours.

Received letter and butter from Aunt Nina, whilst at breakfast.

Wrote to Ma. Fine day – like summer.

I hear that Admiral Beatty’s ship exchanged shots with the Germans yesterday, but the distance was too great to do any damage. The Germans had too much of a start on our ships. Another hour would have made all the difference.

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