Category Archives: March 1915

All diary entries written in March 1915.

9 March 1915; Tuesday

At work as usual. Directors’ meeting. I had some letters to type for Mr Lawson1. Had very late dinner and rode the boy’s bicycle. Finished in decent time. Went to choir practice and sang the “Radiant Morn”2. Came up with Blaikie.


  1. Mr Lawson: a Director of the Hendon Paper Works Company. 

  2. Possibly “The radiant morn hath passed away”, words by Godfrey Thring (1864); alternative tunes: Radiant Morn (Charles Gounod), St Gabriel (Frederick Gore-Ousley), St Leonard (Herbert Irons). 

8 March 1915; Monday

At work as usual. Took over summary. Went down in the car first thing and was pretty late. Busy all day. Had a bit trouble with Geordie1. Sands in, probably for the last time before they go away. Finished about 5.30. Came up with the new boy. Mr Scott found a mistake of £2 pounds [sic] in my sales book. Charlie finished soon. Tried a bit music. I played a bit. The shop doing very badly.


  1. “Geordie”: if correct – how ALL commonly referred to George Crawford, his office colleague at the Paper Works. 

7 March 1915; Sunday

Too late for chapel. Had a walk with Joe up Chester Road and back before dinner. Went with Charlie to the Salvation Army Meeting where he sang two solos and I played. A very interesting meeting. Went to Whittakers’ to tea. Miss Butler and Edie Hunter there. At chapel at night. I played for children’s service and Mrs Chadwick spoke. Came up with Billy Peake and Billy Whittaker. Sang anthem very badly and a Miss Wilkinson from Thornhill sang very nicely.

6 March 1915; Saturday

At work as usual. Finished rather late, about 2 o’clock. Did fairly well in the shop. Put front room carpet down. Played a bit. Father completed his first week at work and received 26/3 altogether with the wages and compensation. Had walk with Willie Whittaker at night, and he told me Jack Robson and his Mrs had been separated. Received new war book from Hills’.

5 March 1915; Friday

At work as usual. Fairly busy in the office. Received news that the U81 had been sunk by destroyers and the crew taken off. About 5/-­ short of * in the shop. Paper hanger busy up stairs. Called in and saw Willie Wanless and went on afterwards to Grandmother. Grandmother very ill and may die at any time. Met Joe there. Called at Gordon’s on the way up and got some chocolates. Saw more wounded soldiers being taken into the infirmary.


  1. The U8; sunk 4 March 1915, all crew rescued as ALL says. 

3 March 1915; Wednesday

At work as usual. Fairly busy all day. Received intimation that Olive<r> had to go on to the boss’s letters and John on to the consignments and Rowley to stay where he is. Official Reports of Sturdee1 & Beatty2 in the papers. A German Submarine rammed by a Newcastle steamer. Stayed in at night and played and had a bath. Mrs Rowe and Annie3to tea.


  1. Admiral of the Fleet Sir Frederick Charles Doveton Sturdee, 1st Baronet, GCB, KCMG, CVO (9 June 1859 – 7 May 1925). 

  2. Admiral of the Fleet David Richard Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty GCB, OM, GCVO, DSO, PC (17 January 1871 – 11 March 1936). 

  3. Annie: Not positively identified but probably not Sister Annie from church. Annie with no other qualification is mentioned in one later entry on 27 November 1918, also in conjunction with Mrs Rowe. This may suggest that this Annie was a relative of Mrs Rowe (a daughter?).