Bank Holiday Monday, May 25, 2015
(more to be added from time to time)
Since the family will soon have completed their 'Day' trip to HongKong and back, I re-visted my Great Granddad's diary and started from the beginning and found more gems to share. It is a shame he died before I was born, and my Granddad Hedley succumbed to dementia just at the time I was ready to listen to his stories. How lucky their diaries have survived!
Here goes (some of it is a bit technical - to do with guns and the like):
Monday, April 18, 1910
Left Plymouth 10.10 am for London Waterloo. Arrive 3.30 pm. Get lodgings at Mrs Hales, 32 Bannockburn Road, Plumstead.
Tuesday, April 19, 1910
Visit various shops in the Arsenal & instructions on 4'7"B AF mechanism.
Wednesday, April 20, 1910
Instructions on 4'7" B AF mechanism. Afternoon 1/2 day off and paid a visit to Woolwich Common and Rotunda.
Thursday, April 21, 1910
Instructions on 4'7" MK I II III mechanism, Cam Lever. Testing blow of & triker percussion with steel tube and conical coppers.
Friday, April 22, 1910
Instructions on 3 Pn Hotchkiss and 3 Pn Vickers Automatic
Saturday, April 24, 1910
Went to woolwich caught in the rain returned home and stayed for the remainder of the day.
Monday, April 25, 1910
Instructions on 5 Pn Nordenfelt and 4"7" Mark I
Tuesday, April 26, 1910
Instructions on 12" Mark VIII
Wednesday, April 27, 1910
Instructions on 12" Mark XI. Afternoon 1/2 day off, go to Erith.
Thursday, April 28, 1910
Instructions on 12" Mark XII
Cousin Frank call in Ordnance College.
Friday, April 29, 1910
Instructions on Fittings General
Saturday, April 30, 1910
Went to new shrinking pits & hardening saw 13' 5' A Tube 16 ton in weight 50 ft long, dipped in 40,000 gallons of oil.
Sunday, May 1, 1910
Went to Erith for the day. Chapel.
Monday, May 2, 1910
Instructions on 6" VIII and saw pads for vent axels pressed by hydraulic pressure.
Tuesday, May 3, 1910
Visit the heavy turnery and smithy.
Wednesday, May 4, 1910
Visit shops grinding and afternoon 1/2 day off.
Thursday, May 5 1910
Instructions on micrometer gauge etc.
Friday, May 6, 1910
Impressions, micrometer guage. Gun construction. King Edward VII died 11.45 pm.
Saturday, May 7, 1910
Instruct ourselves remain in Woolwich all day.
Sunday, May 8, 1910
Went to Erith all day, Chapel evening, unwell.
Monday, May 9, 1910
General instructions and very unwell.
Tuesday, May 10, 1910
Attend college and unwell.
Wednesday, May 11, 1910
Attend college in morning, 1/2 day off. Went to Greenwich to cousin Frank's and Aunt Amelia and feel very unwell.
Thursday, May 12, 1910
Attend college, unwell.
Friday May 13, 1910
Attend college, went to Erith in the evening and take portmanteau am much better.
Saturday, May 14, 1910
Attend college and leave my lodge, meet Marian at Paddington Station 4.10 pm. Visit St Paul's and take train from Cannon St. to Erith.
Sunday, May 15, 1910
Marian & myself go for a walk with Uncle in morning, rest afternoon and go to Abbey Wood & Boshall in evening and listen to band. Mrs Elson arrives at London.
Whit Monday, May 16, 1910
Whit Monday, go to Erith Regatta and then Abbey Wood & Boshall Fete with Aunt & Uncle.