Category Archives: May 1914

All diary entries written in May 1914.

11 May 1914; Monday

Got up about 8 o’clock. Felt a bit off first thing. Lily paid a visit to our house in the afternoon. Not very well. Charlie sang at Williamson Terrace anniversary1. Mother and Gertie at the tea and I went over last thing. Read very little. Played a bit.


  1. “Williamson Terrace”: north of the river, between North Bridge Street and Monkwearmouth (St. Peter’s) Saxon Church; probably a Methodist chapel there. 

10 May 1914; Sunday

Charlie off chapel and School all day. Lily at Chapel both morning and night. Had very short lesson at School. Walked out with Charlie, Jim Wilkinson and Willie Whittaker in the afternoon. Walked up Durham Road with Willie on Sunday night. Mr and Mrs Wiseman in after chapel. Father at Chapel in the morning. Fine day. Mr Best preaching, and preached particularly well in the morning. I read some “Anna Karenina.

9 May 1914; Saturday

Got up about 8 o’clock. Wet morning. Busy all morning. Finished about 2 o’clock. Played the piano and shaved. Went across to Miss Keedy’s with Charlie and Charlie tried two songs over. Bought new tie and pair of new suspenders1. Went to town with Joe again at night. Went into Dale’s and Joe bought a stick. Lily came back home with Willie. They arrived about 9 o’clock. She is to stay at Whittakers’ until they are married.


  1. Suspenders were to keep socks up – not braces for trousers, as in the American usage. 

8 May 1914; Friday

Got up 7.30. Busy all day. Finished about 5.30. Played a bit. Did some Pelman1. Had a walk. Wet stormy night. Charlie up all day. Willie went to meet Lily2.


  1. Pelman: see note on 6 January

  2. Willie was William Wormold Marshall; Lily was Elizabeth Jane Linfoot, second of the six surviving daughters of ALL’s uncle, Charles Poulter Linfoot, who with his youngest brother William Gaylard Linfoot and their respective families had emigrated to New Zealand in July 1912 (a 7 weeks’ voyage in the 11,500-ton SS Remuera). Recent (2020) information from descendants in New Zealand reveals that Willie had gone to see Lily in New Zealand, probably in 1913, and Lily, by then aged 22, had travelled back alone for the marriage recorded in ALL’s diary on 10 June. The Remuera had sailed from London’s Albert Dock (a Mr & Mrs Gaylard of Worthing were among those seeing it off), so perhaps that is where “Willie went to meet Lily”.

    See also Family page and all posts tagged Willie Marshall

6 May 1914; Wednesday

Got up about 7.20. Received copy of the prospectus for the Heinrich Becker piano-­playing system1. Fine morning. Busy all day. Played the piano and read a bit at night.


  1. A Heinrich Becker published in 1914 “Mind, Muscle & Keyboard”, his system of piano technique and “facile” sight­‐reading. 

5 May 1914; Tuesday

Got up about 7.45. Alf back again. Busy all day. Played the piano at night and went down to the class meeting and played there. Went into choir practice later. First anniversary practice. Dick spoke at the class meeting and Crabtree led. Charlie in bed all day. Dr Hickey called to see him. Dr Hickey told us his opinion on MacFadden and *.

4 May 1914; Monday

Got up about 7.45. Busy all day. Alf off work. Finished shortly after 5 o’clock. Played the piano, read Everyman, did a bit Pelman1, and had walk last thing. Went to the Berlitz with Joe and got copies of the prospectus. Berlitz2.

Read about Alsace-­Lorraine3 & Maeterlinck4 in Everyman5. Charlie came home bad6. Dorothy not well.


  1. “Pelman”: See note on 6 January

  2. Berlitz: ALL refers at the end of some diaries to ‘improvement’ in French and German, he attended evening classes in German at some stage, and as entries in the 1917 and 1918 diaries show, he studied French both privately and in Army classes; curiously, however, while he occasionally used German jocularly in later life, he never spoke French. 

  3. Alsace-­Lorraine: Germany’s seizure of the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine in 1870 after the Franco-­Prussian War was (with the possible exception of the financial reparations also demanded by Germany) the greatest single cause of resentment in France towards Germany before WW1. This anger also led to France’s first attacks in WW1 being aimed, disastrously, at recovering these provinces. [Quite irrelevantly – my brother CWL told me when very young that our grandfather CWL had his arm broken when playing at school at ‘the Franco­Prussian War’; he was 14 in 1869/70.] 

  4. Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 – 1949) was a Francophile/francophone Belgian dramatist and essayist (copies of his “The Life of the Bee” and “The Blue Bird” are still found) who lived all his adult life in France – though not in Alsace-­Lorraine. 

  5. Everyman: see Everyman and Arthur Linfoot’s Library

  6. “Bad”: in North-Eastern English idiom means ill or unwell.