Went out with Mother in the morning. Visited Granny and Whittakers and Uncle George and Aunt Mary. Stayed in and played duets all the afternoon. Left by the 6.38. All family to see me off, and Willie Whittaker, Uncle Jack and Hilda1 and Whittaker family. Joe travelled with me to Pallion. Met Shepherd at Durham and travelled by a through train. Got car into city and arrived at barracks about mid night.
Lay in late. Went down to see Ernie. Out with Mother and over the water1 to see the damage done by the Zeppelin raid2. Out late in afternoon. Called at Whittakers3. Called for Ernie at night. Went over with him to Whitburn later. Had photo taken at Eccles’† in Holmeside4.
“over the water”: phrase commonly used by ALL and his contemporaries for “across the Wear to north Sunderland”; nothing to do with the Jacobites. ↩
Holmeside was (and remains) a shopping street in the middle of Sunderland. Perhaps “Eccles” was a commercial photographer? ↩
At football match in the afternoon. Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday.
Zeppelin Raid over Sunderland1.
22 killed. 100 injured. Damage to Deptford, and Monk<wearmouth>.2
At about 10pm on the evening of 1 April 1916 German Imperial Navy Zeppelin L11 under the command of Korvettenkapitan Viktor Schutze crossed the coast to attack Tyneside. The defences around the River Tyne had recently been strengthened. Because of this and the prevailing adverse weather conditions, Schutze decided to manoeuvre round and attack the less well protected port of Sunderland. ↩
Walked round town in the morning. In the afternoon went with Blaikie and Willie to the Victoria Hall pictures, but there was something the matter with the lighting kit. So went on the car to the Mill, but it was closed. Went with Willie and his father to the Havelock House1 new picture house. Very nice place, but picked up several† * from pictures. Alf and Ada to tea and supper – and Aunt Molly, – and played ping pong at night.
“Havelock House”: The Havelock cinema opened on 16th December 1915, only a few days prior to this diary entry, on the former site of the Havelock House drapery store, itself famously destroyed by fire in 1898 – purportedly the worst fire in the history of the city. The Havelock cinema was still in use well after WWII. It became the Gaumont in 1950 and closed in 1963. ↩
At chapel . Mrs Whittaker asked me to take the children’s service for her and I did. Good meeting. I told them a story. Henry Hodgkinson called in the afternoon and I stayed in and talked to him. He is working at Stockton in a drysalter’s store1. Went down to Grandmother’s after service. A big crowd there. She seems a little better than when I saw her last.
Arrived home about 12.30 a.m. Didn’t expect me. Charlie and Joe at the station waiting for Ernie. Ernie arrived about half an hour later. Father in bed and didn’t know that we were all here. Got up about 9 o’clock. Telegraphed for an extension until reveille. Went to the office1 and saw them there. Stayed in in the afternoon. Blaikie called and we had a few songs. Went to Grandmother’s later and saw them. Called into town at night and then down to the church. Decorating for the Harvest Festival. Spoke to a good many people.
At church at night and at Sunday School as usual. Fell down in Chester Road and tore my trousers and hurt my knee a bit. Joe took children’s service and Marmie played for him. Willie Whittaker and Olive, Ada and Daisy to tea. Blaikie couldn’t come. Had usual walks, and a good walk round by Grindon at night.
Work as usual. Busy all morning. Finished about 2 o’clock. Went into the town and met Tom and Willie. Willie can’t join. Tom and I went into the recruiting office, and decided to do something on Monday night. Tom not very keen. I decided to join either R.A.M.C. or Royal Anglesey Engineers1. Had walk in town at night with Willie and Charlie, and finished off at Grindon2.
At work as usual. Busy all day. Finished late, about 6 o’clock. A girl fell over Hendon Cliffs and there was a lot of bother before they got the ambulance. Had walk at night with Joe, after trying to square cash for shop.