At work as usual. Busy all day. Finished late. Wrote up some of Parson’s Weekly News. Wrote up shop books. Received word of Bob’s Death1.
Lusitania2 3 sunk, with about 1900 people on board, by German submarine4. Relations between Japan & China very strained.
At work as usual. Two chaps down to see the boss about the lad, who is off work.
| Bob Brotherston died at Boulogne hospital. |1
Called to see Willie Wanless and left him the “Roadmender.”2
At work as usual. Received word that Bob1 had a shot wound in the spine. A row at night & Bailes knocked the lad’s tooth out with a bottle. Wrote up some of Parson’s News.
At work as usual. Took dinner down. Busy all day. Work slipping back. A big summary. Played at night. Read some of R.L.S.1 Asian† books. Got word that Bob2 was dangerously wounded. Wrote up some of parson’s news.
At work as usual. Took dinner to work.
Mr Fairhew told me Bob1 was wounded.
At work. Not much to do. Sands and Bob came down in the morning with their uniform on. They are going to Ravensworth Castle tonight1. Got money. Went to Porteous and had two teeth extracted at dinner time. It didn’t hurt much. Fine day. Had walk out last thing after playing a good bit.
Waelhem & Wavre-Saint Catherine completely destroyed. Waterworks behind Fort Waelhem blown up. Belgian infantry fight well.
Not so busy at work. The recruiting strain getting worse and lots of men joining. Had walk at night. Bob and Sandy in the office. They are going to join Kitchener’s army. Their appearance and conversation caused a lot of excitement.
Lemberg & Galicia captured by Russians. HMS.Speedy1 sunk in North Sea by a mine.
Got up about 6 o’clock. Went to baths with Willie and Bob. Practiced diving a bit and got on very well. Busy all day at work. Had short walk up town with Joe.
Belgians & French holding their own. Mr Blott in town. War declared on Austria.
Got up about 7 o’clock. At work in good time. Fine day. Got some boxing gloves at work. Finished in good time. Billy and Bob had a go and Billy got his eye blacked. I had a go with Bob later on. Mr Aitken came when they were just commencing. Got all missionary money in with the exception of John’s. Played piano. Had singing lesson. Played some duets. Went out last thing. Went to bed early.