Extracts from my great-grandfather’s diary, 1914; Pt 1

Goat mascot of HMS Irresistible

Goat mascot of HMS Irresistible

As the clouds of war gathered, Charles Lamond Lind Young’s thoughts turned to the lamentable state of his wardrobe.

Monday 3 August

Spent the day searching up odd bits of uniform – found a frock coat moth-eaten, one monkey jacket the same and an old cap. Caught the midnight mail to Plymouth, feeling very sad at leaving sweetheart.

Tuesday 4 August

Conversations nothing but the war, every new item true or false seized on and discussed at the top of one’s voice. Got my appointment to HMS Irresistible in the afternoon. Put on my monkey jacket but took it off again as it did not match my serge trousers.

War declared at 11pm.

Read part 2

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3 Responses to Extracts from my great-grandfather’s diary, 1914; Pt 1

  1. Helen says:

    This is fantastic! 😀

    • Neil says:

      More extracts to come! I’ve been grappling with how to write the full story. It’s quite a tale. Hoping I’ll get there eventually…

  2. Pingback: Extracts from my great-grandfather’s diary, 1914; Pt 2 | Wolfie Stories

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