Monthly Archives: July 1916

31st July 1916

At Scapa. Early this a.m. preparations for sea were made again and I heard our ship, Antrim and some light cruisers were going out for 9 days. Later the fires were allowed to die out and the orders for sea … Continue reading

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30th July 1916

(Sunday) Scapa Flow. Captain went “Rounds”. I went to Morning Service. Wrote to you this afternoon. Went to Evening Service. Devonshire left for Liverpool this evening. Prepared for sea once today but orders were cancelled eventually.

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29th July 1916

At Scapa. Came on quite rough this a.m. We were told off for “Emergency” ship but, owing to something going wrong with the main regulating valve, time for repairs had to be applied for, and so the Devonshire has to … Continue reading

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28th July 1916

At Scapa. Boxing competitions have been held on a ship used for entertainment purposes and for the occasion moored alongside the Monarch. The competitors came from all ships – we sent three – and this afternoon 50 men from each … Continue reading

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27th July 1916

At Scapa. Coaled (950 tons). Received letters from you (and pansies), Mother and Jude. Ma and Jude are home again and better for their holiday at Weston and Plym Bridge respectively. You intend having a week-off and I hope you … Continue reading

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26th July 1916

At sea. Very foggy most of the day and our syren has been “talking” frequently. Making for Scapa since 5 a.m. and hope to arrive in tonight. 8 p.m. Sighted one of the Orkney Islands just after emerging from a … Continue reading

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25th July 1916

At sea. Somewhere North of Norway (62° N). Nothing much doing until this evening when both the Devonshire and our people sighted steamers. We stopped and boarded a Norwegian steamer apparently laden with timber. The Devonshire had trouble with her … Continue reading

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Added Later:- The Devonshire reported having seen 2 mines this afternoon, and whilst we were looking for them some other object was sighted, which proved to be the wheels and body of a seaplane. The tyres on the wheels were … Continue reading

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24th July 1916

At sea. This is the day (I think) Uncle Jim said was going to be the Flower Day in aid of the National Home for Children. If I’m right I hope the result will be a success since the cause … Continue reading

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23rd July 1916

(Sunday) At sea. Two of the destroyers returned to Scapa during the night to re-fuel and will join us again tomorrow. Fog lasted most of the night and there was not much doing in the sleeping line thanks to the … Continue reading

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