Category Archives: Scapa Flow

9th August 1916

At Scapa. Heard this a.m. that we are going to Plymouth via West Coast of Ireland. We are going that way to try and spot a suspected submarine base. Expect to arrive Plymouth Saturday. It is said 5 days leave … Continue reading

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8th August 1916

At Scapa. Received letters from you, Mother and Net at 11 p.m. just when had given up hopes of receiving mails. Heard they had been stopped owing to our leaving. Rear-Admiral Browning left for London today.

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7th August 1916

At Scapa. A notice was put up on board this a.m. stating that although men were not to state in their letters that we were going to a foreign station, we could inform our people that we should be home … Continue reading

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6th August 1916

At Scapa. Captain told us this morning that we would probably be glad to hear that during this week the Antrim and this ship would go to a home port and give leave, before leaving for a foreign station. He … Continue reading

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5th August 1916

Arrived Scapa at 5-20 a.m. I kept watch on the patient from 2 a.m. – 4 a.m. He is much better, very little headache now. Received letters from Mother and you today. Wrote to you and Jude. Coaled ship (960 … Continue reading

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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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