At chapel and class as usual. Had Ron Haynes’ class and mine and had some trouble. Mr Mullens on the desk as Dick is unwell. Reverend Arthur Strother preached and was very slow in his delivery. Willie Blaikie went round with us at night. Charlie sang a piece from “St Paul”. There was some trouble about his book and some misunderstanding. The German submarines sunk some British ships in the Irish Sea1.
At work as usual1. Finished shortly before 2 o’clock. Went round with Charlie and called at Whittakers in the afternoon and arranged to go to the King’s Theatre directly†. Went to the King’s Theatre and heard “Il Trovatore”. It was very good though I didn’t like it so well as Wednesday night’s piece2.
At work as usual. Very busy all day. Wrote to Ernie and went out last thing. Read a bit. A good deal of excitement about the business.
At work as usual. Went down to the chapel at night to the General Church Meeting. The speakers were Reverend John Moore†, Dr Baker and another chap. We were very late. Charlie sang “Lord God of Abram”. Refreshments served out. Spent the whole night there.
At work as usual. Busy all day. Went to the opera at night and enjoyed it immensely. Saw Aida at the King’s Theatre. The principals were Miss Doris Weddill, and Miss Dora Gibson. The piece was very good indeed and well staged. A lot of excitement about the moving prospects.
At work as usual. Went down to practice at night. Mother went to see about a shop in Eldon Street, Chester Road, and interviewed a woman about a [sic] shop. We decided to take it.
Decided to take shop & house in Eldon Street1.
At work and very busy. Charlie called and we went up to the recruiting office. Charlie was refused on account of his finger being off1. We called at the other office and he was refused there. A man from the County Court left a paper to the effect that Father’s Compensation Case would come on Feb 17/15. Two men hurt at work.
At chapel as usual Got on very well at Sunday School. Rather stormy and didn’t get for walks. Mr Chadwick preaching. Received news last thing of the battle in the North Sea. Battle in North Sea1. The German ship Bluecher2 sunk by our battle cruisers in the North Sea. The Lion, Tiger, Princess Royal, New Zealand and Indomitable with light cruisers and destroyers.
Finished rather late at work. Walked round the town with our Charlie and met Dora’s Charlie in town. Came home with him and talked about enlisting. Walked out with Willie Whittaker at night and went up to the top of Chester Road. Looked in the free shop we are interested in and there was very little trade doing. At Trinity1 lecture on the emotions and enjoyed it.
At work as usual. Got work well up to date. Worried a lot of day about the form. Posted it at dinner time. Mother not well. Received reply1 from a business up old Chester Road. Had walk out at night with Joe. Read a bit. Rather depressed through thinking about the war.