Finished at the office in good time. Went to Porteous and had a second tooth stopped. It took all the afternoon nearly. It rained heavily at night. Went to the Teachers Training Centre, and afterwards [word deleted by ALL] called for Willie Whittaker but didn’t go far. Came back home and played chess for a few minutes.
Hospital Steamer Rohilla2 ashore at Whitby. About 70 lives lost. Newcastle lifeboat took off 50 people. British casualty list to date 57,000 on land.
George Crawford got to know he is to go next. Mr Aitken paid us each one in his room and informed us that there would probably be a reduction in our money, and gave Reggie Balls1 and George Crawford notice for a month. I stayed in at night and did a bit grammar. Stormy night.
X Wednesday X Mr Aitken took Willie into the room and gave his notice X
Finish on Saturday first. He tried to induce Willie to enlist. A good deal of excitement caused by this step. I had a slight cold so stayed at home at night and read and looked up some words.
Turkish battleships bombard Theodosia1 in Black Sea without formal declaration of War.
Not much to do at work. Went to Mr Chadwick’s meeting at night with Joe. Stayed back to play ping pong with Willie Bigg and his Mrs, but there was no ball. Stayed and talked to them a long time about chapel affairs.
Kept pretty well busy at work. Still talk about the reduction in the staff. Joe and I went up to the YMCA to see about joining the Civilian Force, but there was a march out and a big crowd so we didn’t do anything. Went to the choir practice. Played one game at ping-pong. Nothing fresh in the war news.
Russians drive back Austro-German Army in Poland.
Not much to do at work. Mr Atkins read from a letter from Mr Lawson asking that he should arrange for some of us to join the army. I explained my position to Mr Scott. A lot of spirit† and excitement about it. Finished soon. Went to the King’s Theatre at night with Joe to see Hamlet played by Mr Alexander Morton Byng. We were in the gallery. It was very good. Didn’t get out until late.
At chapel and School as usual. Managed pretty well in School. 2 new scholars. Wet afternoon and night and no walks. Marmie and Joe and Dorothy to tea at Willie and Lily’s. Got news that the Badger1 had rammed a German submarine off the Dutch coast.
Finished early. Had a tooth stopped by Mr Porteous. Walked round town with Charlie. Went to the Teachers Training Centre at night. Called for Willie Whittaker with Charlie and walked round the town a bit.
Portugal brought into the War1 by the invasion of Angola, Portuguese West Africa, by the Germans.
The rumours at work increasing. Went down to Wanless’s at night with Joe. Had walk round with Charlie. Mr Scott asked me what I thought of the words of the song “Fall in”1.
Still slack at work and talk of reducing the staff. Mr Scott talking to George Crawford about it. I went to Endeavour meeting at night and there were only a few there. Mr Kettle spoke. Sister Madge played. I played ping pong afterwards. Saw the fire engine going to a fire at Cooper, Bells’†, but it was soon out. A big fire at Robert Barrow’s† in the morning. Charlie saw it.