Walked round town in the morning. In the afternoon went with Blaikie and Willie to the Victoria Hall pictures, but there was something the matter with the lighting kit. So went on the car1 to the Mill2, but it was closed. Went with Willie and his father to the Havelock House3 new picture house. Very nice place, but poor subjects for pictures. Alf and Ada to tea and supper – and Aunt Mary, – and played ping pong at night.
Got up at about 9 o’clock and had to hurry to chapel to the Harvest Festival. Had walk with Father in the afternoon. Mr Blaikie, and Willie Whittaker to tea. We were at chapel at night and sang Sun of my Soul, and Charlie took the solo. Said farewell to everybody. Charlie had a big crowd to see him off including some from the chapel and Mr Newrick and his daughter. Went to Newcastle, changed again at York and left Charlie there.
Arrived home about 12.30 a.m. Didn’t expect me. Charlie and Joe at the station waiting for Ernie. Ernie arrived about half an hour later. Father in bed and didn’t know that we were all here. Got up about 9 o’clock. Telegraphed for an extension until reveille. Went to the office1 and saw them there. Stayed in in the afternoon. Blaikie called and we had a few songs. Went to Grandmother’s later and saw them. Called into town at night and then went down to the chapel. Decorating for the Harvest Festival. Spoke to a good many people.
At chapel at night and at Sunday School as usual. Fell down in Chester Road and tore my trousers and hurt my knee a bit. Joe took children’s service and Marmie played for him. Willie Whittaker and Olive, Ada and Daisy to tea. Blaikie couldn’t come. Had usual walks, and a good walk round by Grindon at night.
At work as usual. Finished in decent time. Got papers in the afternoon and had walk at night with Willie Whittaker up to the foot of Penshaw Hill. Mrs Blaikie called to say that Ted†1 is ill and asking Marmie to play. Mrs Marshall† very ill.
Sunday School Anniversary. At chapel all day. * good service and good congregation. At Whittakers to tea. Saw Billy’s baby for first time. Had walk at night with Blaikie and Willie Whittaker and Charlie. Grand day. Got to know definitely that Mr Chadwick leaves in August.
At work as usual. Busy all day. Went to the practice at night. Pretty rotten practice. A man down trying to play an oboe. Came up with Blaikie.
At work as usual. Busy all day. Finished in decent time. Went down to practice. Walked up with Willie Whittaker and Blaikie and Joe.
Air Raid on the Tyne1. Damage to Palmer’s†2 works and 16 killed & many injured. Zeppelins arrived about mid-night. They were seen by some people in the town here.
Miss Aitchison commenced in the Office.
At work as usual. At practice at night. Directors’ meeting. I had one letter off Mr Lawson. Got work well up to date. Went to choir practice with Charlie and came up with him, Willie and Blaikie. Grand day. Got measured for suit of clothes at Stewart’s but cost 35/61.
At work as usual. Had dinner at the office. Got well up to date. Went down to chapel at night and walked up with Blaikie and Willie Whittaker. Spoke to Billy Winter on the telephone and offered him to keep in touch about enlisting. Fine night. Kitchener received decoration of K.G.1
Turkish transport sunk by British submarine.