At work as usual. Pretty busy all day. Finished in decent time. Played and read a bit. Went to Newcastle with Dora’s Charlie and after walking about all the night found the recruiting office and that they were not open for R.A.M.C. Came home about 10 o’clock at night. News received in town about the heavy loss to the 7th Durhams.
Air Raid on London1. 4 people killed, but nothing very serious reported.
At chapel at night. Slept in in the morning. Read a bit and went to Sunday School. Fine day. Children’s service and had a good time. Arranged with Dora’s Charlie to go to Newcastle tomorrow night. Had walks after chapel.
At work as usual1. At George Crawford’s to dinner and stayed on until nearly 5 o’clock charging† up over stocktaking. Had walk at night as usual. Wet afternoon but finer at night.
At work as usual. Very busy all day. Stayed back until 8 o’clock.
“H.M.S. Majestic”1 sunk by German submarine in the Dardanelles & “Princess Irene”2 blown up at Sheerness with heavy loss of life. The 7th Durhams had rough time early in week.
At work as usual. Busy all day. Received word that Sands1 & Jack Pallin2 are both wounded. H.M.S. Triumph3 sunk in Dardanelles by German submarine. Went to work at night, Came up with Blaikie and Willie Whittaker and was late in getting in.
Resumed work. Very busy all day. Stayed at night and worked until about 7.30. Read a bit.
New Coalition Cabinet announced1.
Slept in late. Went down to Tom Potter’s for some tobacco. Walked round the town with Charlie in the afternoon. Went out with Willie at night and had short walk up Durham Road. Off work today. Fine day.
At Durham1. Left by the 9.13 train with Charlie and Willie. Had a near shave to catch it. Grand day. At the cathedral service. Charlie left by the 2.4 train. We left about 4.30 and walked home. Arrived between 7.30 and 8 o’clock. Had tea at a café and a wash and brush up in Corporation lavatory. Stayed in at night and read.
Fine day. At chapel and School. Went to Mount Tabor church in the morning and heard Rev AL Broadfield preach, and he was very good. Mr Hewitt evangelist preached his farewell sermon at our chapel at night, and it was scandalous. He afterwards had a row with Mr Waggott. Charlie at work most of the day, and I was at Whittakers’ to tea with Blaikie. Fine day.
At work as usual1. Finished about 2 o’clock. Called for papers in the afternoon. Walked round Grindon with Charlie and Willie Whittaker at night. Fine night. Played the piano a bit.
Terrible Railway Accident at Gretna Green2. Troop train, goods train and express all smashed up and an appalling death roll. Daily Mail3 burned at Stock Exchange.