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Arthur Linfoot’s family bought a shop and house in Eldon Street, Sunderland in early 1915. They appear to have relinquished control of the shop to a Mrs Hewitt later the same year, although they retained the house. See also Sunderland map.

8 March 1915; Monday

At work as usual. Took over summary. Went down in the car first thing and was pretty late. Busy all day. Had a bit trouble with Geordie1. Sands in, probably for the last time before they go away. Finished about 5.30. Came up with the new boy. Mr Scott found a mistake of £2 pounds [sic] in my sales book. Charlie finished soon. Tried a bit music. I played a bit. The shop doing very badly.


  1. “Geordie”: if correct – how ALL commonly referred to George Crawford, his office colleague at the Paper Works. 

6 March 1915; Saturday

At work as usual. Finished rather late, about 2 o’clock. Did fairly well in the shop. Put front room carpet down. Played a bit. Father completed his first week at work and received 26/3 altogether with the wages and compensation. Had walk with Willie Whittaker at night, and he told me Jack Robson and his Mrs had been separated. Received new war book from Hills’.

5 March 1915; Friday

At work as usual. Fairly busy in the office. Received news that the M81 had been sunk by destroyers and the crew taken off. About 5/-­ short of * in the shop. Paper hanger busy up stairs. Called in and saw Willie Wanless and went on afterwards to Grandmother. Grandmother very ill and may die at any time. Met Joe there. Called at Gordon’s on the way up and got some chocolates. Saw more wounded soldiers being taken into the infirmary.


  1. Actually the U8; sunk 4 March 1915, all crew rescued as ALL says.