At work. Not much to do. Sands and Bob came down in the morning with their uniform on. They are going to Ravensworth Castle tonight1. Got money. Went to Porteous and had two teeth extracted at dinner time. It didn’t hurt much. Fine day. Had walk out last thing after playing a good bit.
Waelhem & Wavre-Saint Catherine completely destroyed. Waterworks behind Fort Waelhem blown up. Belgian infantry fight well.
Not much to do at work. Stayed in at night and read some grammar up. Had short walk up the town at night with Charlie. Rather cold night. Received news that the Emden had sunk other four British ships in the Bay of Bengal. Nothing fresh from the front
Magazine of Waelhem blown up. Wavre & Saint Catherine put out of action. Lière1 bombarded.
At work as usual. Not much to do. Went to Mission at night with Joe. Another noisy time. Joe Speed was in good form. Had short walk round. Disagreed with what Mr Mathews said.
The bombardment of Waelhem, Wavre – Saint Catherine & other forts by 11 guns.
Mission conducted by Mr David Mathews commenced. He preached only poorly and I didn’t quite agree with all he said. His service at night was awful and more like a Salvation Army meeting. He managed better in the School and held the attention of the children pretty well. Had usual walks. Fine day. Mrs Cooke and Bella Spain at our chapel.
Germans bombarded & occupied Malines.
Finished in good time. Finished about 1.30. Went up the town in the afternoon with Charlie and he got measured for a suit at the Store1. I called at Porteous the dentist and he examined my teeth and agreed to take 2 out next Wednesday. Went to Roker at night with Willie Whittaker. Came back on the car.
The Belgians retired from Malines to line of outer Antwerp forts.
Got up early and went to baths. Not much to do at work. Kept pretty fresh all day.
Not much to do at work. Stayed in at night and played and read.
At work as usual. Very little to do. Decided to shut down machines. A lot of excitement in town about the loss of the 3 big ships.
The War on the Continent very much the same. Russians capture Smaslau†. Battle of Aisne proceeding & looks promising to Allies. Went to meeting at chapel and met Mr Kettle.
Got up late. Had to hurry to work. Very little to do. Finished early. At choir practice at night. Mr Kettle at meeting at the chapel. Received news at night of the loss of the Aboukir, Hogue & Cressy, by German submarines. * to be attacked by 5 or 6 submarines. The Aboukir was sunk first and when the others were taking off the crew they were sunk. About 1200 lives lost. British capture armed liner “Spreewald” & two coalers (H.M.S.Berwick) and also news of the capture of the Professor Woermann at Sierra Leone.1
Very slack at work. Finished early. Got hair cut. Had bath. Read a good lot of Everyman and wrote up old diaries about the time I was commencing to go with Mildred†.
News to hand of the damage to the cruiser Pegasus by the German cruiser Konigsberg while she was at anchor and not under steam1. Also the sinking of 5 merchant ships by the Emden2 and the sinking of the Cap Trafalgar by the Carmania3.
The big battle in France still going on. Read Lloyd George’s speech.