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Diary entries which mention Mr Mullens, Esther Mullens or Arthur Mullens. Mr (James) Mullens was a minister at the South Durham Street United Methodist Free Church in Sunderland. Arthur was one of James Mullens’ sons and Esther, probably, Arthur’s wife and thus James Mullens’ daughter-in-law. Mr Mullens’ death is recorded in May 1917.

20 December 1914; Sunday

At chapel at night and at School as usual. Walked round the streets first thing because I was too late for chapel. A bit trouble at night through Miss Bigwood taking it into her head to assist the carol singers without consulting the choir. We sang “And the Glory” wrong. Mr Mullens preached in the morning and a stranger at night because Mr Chadwick was ill again.

13 October 1914; Tuesday

Not much to do at work. Went down to the chapel at night. Pretty good meeting. A whole lot including Mr Mullens, Dick Crossley and Joe Speed “reconsecrated” themselves. Walked round with Joe and discussed Mr Mathews and his methods. Felt pretty dead† off and not inclined for any work.

Belgian Government removed to Havre.

23 August 1914; Sunday

At chapel and School as usual. Mr Blott preaching and preached very well. I had Arthur Mullens’ class. Grand day. Newspapers out telling of the loss of Danish and Dutch vessels on mines. Sam† Chadwick spoke to me about the Debating Society. Collections at chapel for the Prince of Wales Fund and £4.11.0 collected.

Japan declared war on Germany 1.


  1. Japan sent Germany an ultimatum on 14 August 1914, which went unanswered; Japan then formally declared war on Germany on 23 August 1914. 

9 August 1914; Sunday

At chapel and Sunday School as usual. I had Esther Mullens’ class and played for the last hymn. My turn for the children’s service. Mr Riddell preaching in the morning and Mr Victor Ingleson at night. Willie Marshall playing again. Had special prayer meeting at the close of the service for the war. Cruiser “Birmingham”1 sunk German Submarine U15 in the North Sea.


  1. Birmingham”: Tyne-built 1914, scrapped 1931; U15’s engines had failed off Fair Isle, Birmingham shelled her but missed, so rammed her and she sank with all hands: the first submarine ever sunk by an enemy warship. Birmingham was later at the battles of Heligoland and of the Dogger Bank

5 April 1914; Sunday

At chapel and School as usual. Mrs Fred1 asked me to take Arthur Mullens’ children’s service for him as he was unwell. I had his class too. Rather stormy day. Didn’t get any walks. Charlie at Williamson Terrace hearing Pike singing Stainer’s Crucifixion2.


  1. Mrs Fred: presumably Mrs Waggott, wife of Mr Fred Waggott, butcher. 

  2. [The] Crucifixion”: oratorio for tenor & bass soloists, composed 1887 by Sir John Stainer (1840 – 1901), professor of music at Oxford University 1889. 

8 February 1914; Sunday

Charlie out soon. I got up after 9 o’clock. Off chapel in the morning. Mr Crew preaching. Went down to School late. Father still improved. Willie Marshall in charge†. Charlie, Willie Whittaker and I went over to North Bridge Street1 Presbyterian church at night and heard Mr Middlemiss† preach and Mr Newrick play2. Joe Speed on at our church. Very poor turn out there. Mr Mullens called at our house. Uncle Jack, Aunt Esther, Jack and Hilda3, and Uncle Jack and Aunt Bella and Uncle George all in. And Mrs Spain.


  1. North Bridge Street: in Monkwearmouth, north of the Wear. 

  2. Mr Newrick: well-­known local organist and music teacher; ALL took lessons with him. 

  3. See Hilda disambiguation page. 

1 February 1914; Sunday

Got up about 9 o’clock. At chapel and School. Mr Chadwick off and Mr Mullens preached in the morning and Mr Lawson at night. I had Esther Mullens’s class as well as my own and managed all right. Didn’t stay to the sacrament at night. Had usual walks. Willie stayed off at night on account of Lawson preaching. Father about the same. Dr Blair had talk with Mother he should get compensation. Commenced to write to New Zealand.