Diary of Midshipman N K Calder
This is a transcription of the 1918 Diary of N K CALDER.
The pages of the diary are 9 cm x 14.5 cm and are printed with the year (1918) the month and the day and date. It is a Walker’s Diary and probably one of those mentioned in December 1917. The binding is in bad repair and several of the "memoranda" pages are missing. They appear to have been used to record letters received and written.
At the end of the diary are a number of "Memoranda" pages. These contain the main details of the major ships of the "Grand Fleet at Beginning of 1918" and a list of siblings birthdays.
Royal Sovereign at anchor
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On each page, above the Year -Day/Date -Month panel NKC has written the place where he was at the time. Occasionally an extra note is made.
I have transcribed each day with the heading -"Day -Date -Note" with the Month added above the first day only of each month.
NKC has consistently used the spelling "alright" for "all right", he often writes the word Bank with a capital letter, so these have been retained through the document. In most other cases common spelling mistakes have been corrected. Initials, eg. C E R for Control Engine Room, are sometimes C.E.R or CER. For the sake of consistency, I have chosen to close all initials together without full stops; eg. CER, BS, YMCA, RN, RAN etc.
He is also inconsistent with rank abbreviations and generally does not use capitals for the first letter eg. "lieut-com". I have not changed these.
Convoy Duties - January
Death of Cunningham - February 9
Visit to USS Wyoming - March 2
Sortie towards Germany - April 25
Influenza epidemic reaches the fleet - April, May
Raid on Trondern - July 17
Meets Poppy Doig - July 28
Rosyth Refit - August 16 - 29
Leave London - September 12 - 26
Catches influenza - October 1
Posted to HMS Excellent - October 28
PEACE - November 11
Posted to HMS Vancouver at Chatham - December 3
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© Michael Calder February 2003