Category Archives: 1916

All diary entries written in 1916.

19 December 1916; Tuesday

Up about 7 o’clock. Busy all day. Went off to Y M at night. Mr Lloyd George [entry apparently uncompleted.] 1

  1. David Lloyd George had become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom a few days earlier, on 6 December 1916, following the resignation of Herbert Asquith. It is possible that ALL had intended to write a note to this effect, or to comment on some act or decision by Lloyd George subsequent to his appointment as PM. 

13 December 1916; Wednesday

Up about 7 o’clock. On duty 7.30. Cleared all patients for the hospital and packed up. Called down to the C R S 1 shortly after dinner. Billeted in tents. Heard Holman and Truman taken up the town and put on a big double marquee with 27 patients. Got to bed after a search for my blankets. Rain came in through the tents and awoke rather wet. Received letter from Father telling me of accident to Marmie and Dorothy through the oven bursting.

  1. “C R S”: Camp Reception Station. See RAMC Chain of Evacuation

12 December 1916; Tuesday

Billy Truman brought me breakfast and I lay in for a short time. Not bad * and my arm prick† all right. Worked all day as usual.

Bethmann Hollweg1 made speech in the Reichstag.

  1. Bethmann Hollweg was the German Imperial Chancellor. One of the problems by this stage was that the German generals were increasingly taking charge of policy, while the relationship of the Kaiser, though nominally possessing autocratic power, with his appointed ministers was becoming increasingly ambiguous.