Up at 7 o’clock. Kept busy all morning washing floor. Had afternoon off. Received letter from home telling me of Chadwicks’1 departure. Read some of British Weekly. Had eggs and coffee and custard for super.
Received parcel from home and one from the church through Chadwick. Wrote to Chadwick. Spent morning in going into the town to see bailiffs and going to Barton Farm. Grand morning, frost and snow. Wet afternoon and I didn’t go out. Wretched night. Went across to Green’s hut with Black and had some supper from them. Rotten night. Watson, Dunbar, Bulmer, and Shaw, drunk. Had a bit trouble and didn’t get my things off until 11 o’clock.
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 church as usual. Went down to Sunday School and met John Wilkinson and stayed to talk to him. Walked up Holmeside with him. He has joined the Flying Corps and is going away next week. Had usual walks. Fine day. Mr Chadwick preaching.
Internet accounts are unclear, but Hull suffered either 8 or 12 Zeppelin raids from 1915 to 1918, with raids in 1916 - 18 considered the worst; as the total killed is stated as 54, 24 on 6 June 1915 seems high. Zeppelins could carry 2 tons of bombs, eg 4 x 500lb, much more than aircraft then could, and could fly above the fighter aircrafts’ ceiling. ↩
Laid in in the morning. At Sunday School and chapel at night. Had usual walks. Saw some wounded being brought in at night. Mr Chadwick preaching.
A chapel and School as usual. Commenced anniversary practices in School. Mr Chadwick preached. Fine day. Went to tea and supper at Whittakers’. Big Willie in bed at tea time with a cold, but up at night. Stayed until nearly 11 o’clock.
At work as usual. Got a sales book a bit further up today. Read a bit at night. Bought the “Roadmender.”1 Shipping between England & Holland stopped. Had short walk last thing. Mr Chadwick called at the shop. Edward off all day.
“The Roadmender”, by ‘Michael Fairless’ (Margaret Fairless Barber, 1869 – 1901), is a consolatory Christian work, written by Fairless/Barber in her last illness and published 1902. It was immensely popular (reprinted 31 times in 10 years) before the era of effective modern medicine and during WW1; old copies still abound. See also: Arthur Linfoot’s Library ↩
At church today and at Sunday School as usual. Mr Chadwick preaching and preached pretty well. Came up with Willie Bigg at night and talked a long time. Played a bit and read. Fine night. Rumour of the loss of the Queen Mary and big sea fight1.
At work as usual. Went down to Willie Wanless’s at night, and afterwards called at Mr Chadwick’s with the missionary money statement, and received the Shiney Row money. Stayed till nearly 10 o’clock and talked a bit over church affairs. He was rather down in the dumps.
At work as usual. Called at George’s at dinner time to mend tyre. Rode up home. Did summary. George received a reply to a job and went away soon to see about it. Went down to teachers’ meeting. Mr Chadwick made a proposal about a procession on Anniversary Sunday and I squeezed† it with the assistance of Joe. Anniversary business done. Fine day. Received news of the sinking of the Dresden.