25 February 1915; Thursday

At work as usual. Played the piano at night. Went down to meeting, but was rather late and then didn’t win. Received word that the Clan M’Naughton1 had been lost with all hands, about 280 people.


  1. HMS Clan McNaughton was a passenger/cargo vessel, converted to auxiliary cruiser in November 1914; lost off N. Ireland (last contact on 3 February), due to one or more of: severe weather; inexperienced crew; top-­heaviness due to gun-­mounting; possibly a drifting mine. 

24 February 1915; Wednesday

At work as usual. Finished in good time, but fairly busy all day. Went to Elijah1 at night in the Victoria Hall, performed by the Vocal Union. Principals, Mr Herbert Brown, Mr Matt Newton. Madam Catherine Vincent and Miss Lottie Beaumont, were all good. Was with Helen, Olive, Winnie and Willie Whittaker. Mother, Father and Gertie there and Charlie too. I went to Whittakers’ last thing for Charlie’s things2, because he had changed before at their house.


  1. Elijah”: Mendelssohn’s very popular oratorio. 

  2. “Charlie’s things” – he was presumably in the choir. 

23 February 1915; Tuesday

Busy at work. Left work at 11.30 and carred to the town. Met Father and went to Heath’s office at 11.45. Agreed to take £100 but the company would not stand it. Robson’s made another offer for Father to work and Heath persuaded him to accept £751 and to commence work on Monday at 9 o’clock. Mr Dixon still† away and Jack Robson at Heath’s.

Made arrangement at Heath’s Office.


  1. £75 in 1915 would be equivalent to about £7,500 in 2015. By contemporary standards, £7,500 is not a generous settlement for the loss of two fingers. A similar claim settled today could cost more than double that amount. 

22 February 1915; Monday

At work as usual. Busy all day. Busy in house at night. Charlie brought message that Father and I have to go to Heath’s tomorrow and see about compensation business.

Dardanelles1 Outer Forts bombarded by British & French fleet.


  1. The Dardanelles operation is probably too well known to need much explanation, but – there was disagreement throughout: whether any resources for it should be diverted from the Western Front; whether it was even possible to open the Dardanelles solely with naval action (this diary entry records the attempt to do so); whether, if that failed (which it did), troops should be sent in: they were, and that was a prolonged and very expensive failure, too.