Busy at work trying to get books up to date. Stayed in and read and wrote addresses to some Christmas cards.
Busy at work all day. Read part of “The Manxman” 1 by Hall Caine. Played a bit. A good deal of Christmas excitement about.
At chapel at night and at School as usual. Walked round the streets first thing because I was too late for chapel. A bit trouble at night through Miss Bigwood taking it into her head to assist the carol singers without consulting the choir. We sang “And the Glory” rotten†. Mr Mullins preached in the morning and a stranger at night because Mr Chadwick was ill again.
At work as usual. Very busy at work. Finished about 2 o’clock. Went down to drill in the evening and had good time at the orphan asylum ground. Went out at night round the town with Charlie and Willie.
At work all day. Went for a march at night. Wet night. Marched up over High Barnes School and by the Grindon Road to the top of the 1† Mile Bank. Wet and dirty night. My feet tired and I had a bath last thing.
At work all day. Went down to Endeavour at night. Mrs Horton had the topic and I said a few words on the subject†. Walked round the town at night.
Hartlepools, Whitby, Scarbro’ & Redcar1 bombarded by German cruiser squadron. Heavy loss of life, especially in the Hartlepools and a great amount of damage done2. Our destroyer flotilla engaged them but they got away3. The first news was received through a telephone message from Hartlepool. A good deal of excitement.
“[The] Hartlepools” was a commonly used name for the conurbation formed of the old town of Hartlepool and the newer West Hartlepool. “Scarbro'” was and remains a common abbreviation of Scarborough. Curiously, few if any other contemporary accounts mention Redcar at all although it is close to the coast between Hartlepool and Whitby and could quite conceivably have been a target. ↩
See Raid on Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby at Wikipedia. The attack caused 137 fatalities and 592 casualties. Sunderland was lucky to escape this and any subsequent bombardment. The shelling of Scarborough is the subject of Osbert Sitwell’s 1926 novel ‘Before the Bombardment’. ↩
“… they got away.”: While the raid caused public outrage towards the German navy for its apparent targeting of civilians, there was also a significant backlash against the Royal Navy for its failure to prevent the raid. ↩
At work as usual. Choir practice at night. Walked up with Blaikie and promised to look up some hymn tunes for him. Directors’ meeting. Mr Lawson not present.
Pretty busy at work. Stayed back a short time at night and completed stock sheets. Played piano at night for Charlie and tried some new songs over. Got on pretty well. Finer day, but still stormy. Received news that submarine B.11 had blown up Turkish ship “Messudiyeh”1 in the Dardanelles. Lieutenant Commander† Norman D Holbrook2. He passed under 5 chains of mines to do it.
At chapel as usual. Stormy day. Charlie not out except to work and back. Gave 2/- towards infants’ treat. Managed pretty well at Sunday School. Had shorter walks than usual. Charlie told us about being at the recruiting office and they wouldn’t take him on account of his finger.