At work as usual. Took dinner to work.
Mr Fairhew told me Bob1 was wounded.
At work as usual. Busy all day. Finished late.
The first successful, large scale use of gas was in the German attack at Langemarck in the NW. angle of the Ypres Salient, on 22 April; initially against French African troops, but Canadian and British troops were soon involved. German prisoners had given detailed accounts of the preparations, but the French Corps commander, Balfourier, would neither believe the warnings nor transmit them to the British. ↩
At work as usual. Busy all day. Can’t get work up to date. Played the piano a bit.
“Leon Gambetta”1 sunk by submarine about this time.
Ar work as usual. Went down to practice at night. Commenced anniversary hymns. Came up with Willie. Blaikie hurried away.
At work as usual. Charlie went to St Andrews for his holidays. Finished in decent time.
At chapel in the evening. Slept in in the morning. Mr Mullens preaching in the morning and Mr Hewitt at night. At Sunday School as usual. Had short walks. Fine day. Aeroplane over three times. Went to Whittakers’ to tea. Fine night. Willie appeared at chapel in khaki.
At work as usual. Got a sales book a bit further up today. Read a bit at night. Bought the “Roadmender.”1 Shipping between England & Holland stopped. Had short walk last thing. Mr Chadwick called at the shop. Edward off all day.
“The Roadmender”, by ‘Michael Fairless’ (Margaret Fairless Barber, 1869 – 1901), is a consolatory Christian work, written by Fairless/Barber in her last illness and published 1902. It was immensely popular (reprinted 31 times in 10 years) before the era of effective modern medicine and during WW1; old copies still abound. See also: Arthur Linfoot’s Library ↩
The book is written as a series of meditations on the road to heaven with the author adopting the persona of The Roadmender.
Arthur Linfoot bought a copy of The Roadmender on 23 April 1915 and subsequently lent his copy to Willie Wanless on 6th May, the same day as his friend and colleague Bob Brotherston had died of wounds incurred during battle in France.
At work as usual. Mr Aitken back at dinner time. Busy all day. Finished late. Saw an aeroplane pass over. Heavy fighting in France. Stayed in at night. Read and played a bit. Edward off in the afternoon.