Finished in good time. Went across to Roker with Joe and saw the guns. 3 big guns on the Cliff Park and trenches all the way along. The road stopped off from halfway down. Taking Bede Memorial1 down. Watched them unloading 6”shells at Ebb’s Point battery. Went round town at night with Willie Whittaker and Charlie. A lot of strange soldiers in town. Went to Trinity Preparation School. Mr Milburn not present.
At work as usual. Went up to the top of Chester Road and went for a march with the Athletes. Marched round Hendon and round the town and back to High Barnes School. A lot of people in town thought we were recruits. Came down to chapel and played ping pong.
A ship sunk off the entrance to stop the channel. Others were sunk within the next few days.
At work as usual. Went to special meeting of the Athletes’ Force in the reception room at the Town Hall. Mr Cecil de Pledge spoke on special constables, and Samuel† Barker and others spoke on recruiting. Dr Bell spoke. Went down to the chapel afterwards and played ping-pong.
Still fairly busy at work. Went down to St Ignatius’ and drilled and called in at Grandmother’s later on.
A lot of field artillery in the play park.
Fairly busy at work. Went to the Green Street Store hall and drilled at night. Came down to choir practice late. Our Charlie at the practice.
More soldiers in town. Horses in old market.
Busy at work. Read and wrote a bit at night.
Scottish Horse arrived in the town during the night. All school children sent home after dinner1.
Missed chapel in the morning due to sleeping in too late. Wild stormy day and night. At Sunday School and chapel at night. Mr Chadwick asked me to arrange for the missionary men’s anniversary†. I had a bit trouble and finally arranged with Mr Fred to try Jack Robinson. Stayed to prayer meeting. Read a good bit and played a bit. Received news that Lord Roberts had died in France1. He had gone over to inspect the Indian troops and contracted a chill and died there through pneumonia. Mr Chadwick preached in the morning but Mr Kettle preached at night.
Terrific attack on Ypres abortive.
Finished about 2 o’clock. A remarkable amount of work. Belgian Flag Day. I purchased one in the office at work and Charlie and I were tannered† again up the town and I had to get other two. Walked up to the Workhouse Field and saw the athletes drilling. Everybody in the town wearing Belgian flags. Went to the lecture at Trinity at night, and afterwards went to Roker out with† Willie and Mr Bigg. The cars not working from Roker to the lower end of Roker Avenue. Fern. Motte called at the office. Bought a pair of new boots at the Store. The “Niger”1 a small gunboat had been sunk by a German submarine off Deal. No lives lost.
At work as usual. Hurried up to the High Barnes school with Joe to drill and we had to stay in and drill with the three† recruits. Left about 9.15. Called by the chapel and played a foursome at ping‐pong.
Germans capture Dixmude1 2, slight advance on Rhine side.
At work as usual. Had another try at Willie Wanless’s song. Went down to the great† Endeavour meeting. Played one game at ping pong afterwards and walked round by myself again.
The River mouth turned into a submarine base about this time.