Up at 7 o’clock and on duty as usual. Went with Harvey to a bible class at La Clytte Y M at night. Very nice little meeting. The leader reminded me of Mr Mullins1. He took our names and made a big fuss.
Visited Grandmother, Whittakers’1 and Jack’s. Mr Dill’s funeral in the afternoon and I went over to see it with Ernie. Met George Crawford2 who was in the procession. Climbed Ernie’s backyard wall to get in. Ernie took my photo3. Down to chapel at night and saw Mr Blott, Arthur Mullins, Billy and Edie and a few more.
While apparently taken in a back yard, there is no other evidence to suggest that the photograph of ALL accompanying this entry (top) is the one taken by Ernie on this day although a very similar photograph of Ernie himself (bottom) also exists in a family collection. See also Family page. ↩
At chapel in the evening. Slept in in the morning. Mr Mullins preaching in the morning and Mr Hewitt at night. At Sunday School as usual. Had short walks. Fine day. Aeroplane over three times. Went to Whittakers’ to tea. Fine night. Willie appeared at chapel in khaki.
At chapel and class as usual. Had Ron Haynes’† class and men† and had some trouble. Mr Mullins on the desk as Dick is unwell. Reverend Arthur Strother preached and was very slow in his delivery. Charlie sang a piece from “St Paul”. There was some trouble about his book and some misunderstanding†. The German submarines sunk some British ships in the Irish Sea1.
On 30 January 1915, U-21, the first U-boat in the Irish sea, captured Ben Cruachan (a collier) and two other ships. Ben Cruachan was scuttled some 15 miles north-west of Morecambe Light House using explosive charges set by U-21 crew. See World War 1 at Sea – Royal Navy Vessels Lost and Damaged at Naval-History.net ↩
Not much to do at work. Tom brought his gramophone over at night. I received 5/6 Christmas bonus. Charlie at work from 5.35 train until about midnight. Went to the Watch service with Ernie and Joe after finishing the letter to New Zealand. Mr Chadwick and Joe Speed spoke and Mr Mullins prayed. Pretty good service. I had walk round the town. Walked through Garrison Field with Joe.
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” rotten†. Mr Mullins preached in the morning and a stranger at night because Mr Chadwick was ill again.
Not much to do at work. Went down to the chapel at night. Pretty good meeting. A whole lot including Mr Mullins, 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.
At chapel and School as usual. Mr Blott preaching and preached very well. I had Arthur Mullins’ class. Grand day. Newspapers out telling of the loss of Danish and Dutch vessels on mines. Mrs Chadwick spoke to me about the Adoption Society. Collections at chapel for the Prince of Wales Fund and £4.11.0 collected.
Japan declared war on Germany 1.
At chapel and Sunday School as usual. I had Esther Mullins’ 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.
Busy at work all day. Played a bit at night and read a bit. Went to the meeting. Joe Speed leading. Mr Lawson and Mr Mullins spoke. I played. Dick sang a solo.