At Chatham. The morning paper unfortunately has no hopeful news of Lord Kitchener and his Staff, nor of the crew f the Hampshire. This happening is hard to get over and it is a tremendous blow to the Nation without doubt.
8-30 a.m. Moved from the basin into a dry dock.
Woods S. B. A. applied for 48 hour extra leave for marriage. Captain granted it on condition that his duties could be arranged for, and that has been fixed up O. K. The Captain, a R. N. V. R. Lieutenant and several men are getting married during the leave.
10 p.m. Just returned from a trip ashore. Met George at 5-30 p.m. trammed to the Town Hall and walked through High St. (main Street) to the Empire Music Hall of Varieties. A nice theatre and a splendid programme. Came out at 8-25 p.m. and went for a walk to Rochester which is practically a part of Chatham. This place boasts a fine old castle and cathedral, also a Chinese Church, all of which we saw – from the outside of course. retraced our steps and went to the Salvation Army Home for supper. Left there at 10 p.m. and took a tram back to the dockyard. I left George near the Egmont at 10-20 p.m. and made my way aboard arriving at 10-30 p.m. A most enjoyable evening in what I consider a very decent place.
Whilst going to meet George I had a look at the damage done to the Chatham. The extent of the destruction is not so much as that done when we were torpedoed.
The S. S. Manxman is being converted into an aeroplane-carrier.
Found a letter from Nina waiting for me when I arrived on board.