Monthly Archives: August 1916

28th August 1916

At sea. Nice day. Came in a bit choppy towards the evening but not too bad. We took in a big canvas bath whilst at Devonport, which is kept on the upper deck filled with sea water when in hot … Continue reading

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27th August 1916

At sea. Weather improved. Still feeling weak and not at all workified. Captain went Rounds and I was jolly glad when he had been to Sick Bay, for I was fairly dropping with the rush of cleaning up and not … Continue reading

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26th August 1916

At Sea. Weather getting better. This is a good job for we had quite a lot of cleaning up to do today in readiness for Captain’s inspection tomorrow. Been able to eat fine today. Have not been so busy though … Continue reading

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25th August 1916

At Sea. Weather a little better. Have been able to keep some food down today. Feeling jolly weak though. Went to General Quarters again today. The Captain gets seasick, but he does not seem to have much thought for others. … Continue reading

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24th August 1916

At sea. Rough. Had a busy night with sea-sick stokers. We took in a lot of young stokers and seamen at Plymouth, men who had not been to sea before. Last night they were collapsing in the stokehold. I did … Continue reading

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23rd August 1916

At sea. Was awakened by the anchor being weighed at 4 a.m. I recognised fully what it meant, and thought of you dear, and all the others. The weather did not look very promising when I opened up the ports … Continue reading

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22nd August 1916

At Devonport. The day of departure has arrived and last night is the last I shall spend with you for some time to come. Am afraid I was getting too used to coming home unexpectedly and so hoped to get … Continue reading

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21st August 1916

At Devonport. Sorry I was not able to carry out my wish of yesterday re going to Church. It was 6-30 p.m. when I arrived home and, as I hadn’t had tea, going to Church was out of the question. … Continue reading

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20th August 1916

(Sunday) At Devonport. Returned on board this morning feeling much happier than yesterday morning, because I have carried out my promise and so now we are engaged. I went home in a “blue” mood yesterday and Mother guessed right away … Continue reading

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19th August 1916

At Devonport. Returned on board at 7 a.m. I heard before getting on board that we would not leave today as first supposed, but probably Monday or Wednesday. When I heard this I said to one of my mates “Shall … Continue reading

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