Received news of the Falaba disaster also the Aquila.
Went to the Royalty Church in the morning. Nice church, good music and pretty good sermon. At Sunday School in the afternoon and had 3 classes. At North Bridge Street at night to hear Penitence, P[ardon] & Peace1. Miss Brackwill took the soprano and Tom Leyden the baritone solos. Billy Marshall and Billy Whittaker with me and Charlie in the choir. Had usual walks. Rather wild weather and some snow. The Falaba2 torpedoed and over 100 lives lost.
RMS Falaba was the first passenger ship torpedoed in WW1, and an American engineer L C Thrasher was among the 104 lives lost, causing an international incident as the Kaiser had declared British waters a war zone as recently as 18 February; but Falaba was carrying explosives, which duly exploded. The submarine was U28. Location probably S. of Ireland, as Thrasher’s body is said to have been found after the Lusitania sinking. ↩
Finished work about 2 o’clock. Went down to the north side of the river and saw the Hebe1 - submarine and then walked on to Roker with Joe. Went to Roker again at night with Willie Whittaker and Charlie. Very cold and rather wild.
At work as usual. At recruiting office at night and arranged to join the Army Medical when called upon. Probably it will be about 6 weeks’ time. Charlie and I carried some deeds† down to Rowes’ last thing and called at Gordon’s for some chocolate. Stormy night.
At work as usual. Went to recruiting office at night arranged to call in tomorrow night to see the doctor. They say I can arrange to go to Haltry† on Easter Tuesday. Went down and saw Mrs Furley about Luke who was not at Sunday School last Sunday.
At work as usual. Went to recruiting office at night with Joe, but met the man coming out and the office was closed. Went straight down to Mrs Wiseman’s with Joe.
Russians reduce Przemyzl1 after about 7 months siege. Father at Heath’s Office.
Busy at work. Got book well up to date. Didn’t go to work at night. Went down to recruiting office, but was too late.
At work as usual. Typed summary. Got work well up to date. Some wounded in at night and Joe and I went down to see them. Alan Carr in at night. Did pretty well in the shop. A good deal better.
At work as usual. Finished about 1.30. Came up with the chemist’s assistant. Went into town in the afternoon, for my papers and called at John Wilson’s and got a file and a cord† from the shop. Went down to Dr. Blair’s and got a bottle. Had walk out to Grangetown at night with Willie. Felt a bit better but still off form.