Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 14 January 1919

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 14 January 1919

 

 

S.O. 9th Div of Drifters

D “Northesk” II

Cape Helles.

Jan 14 1919

Commanding Officer.

H.M.S. “Europa”

 

Sir,

 

I have the honour to report the following mines sunk by vessels in my Division during passage from Mudros to Chanak.

 

H.M.D. “Northesk II” No. 2022. (local No 91).

Date: – Dec 22nd 1918.

Position: – 390 49’ 00” N.  250 28’ 00” E.

Depth of Water: – 51 fthms.

Description: – Floating mine (French) bottoms upward, spherical with lever             running down one side.

Name of Mine: – French Mine “B” (Fig 61. Book of Mines).

How sunk Rifle Fire (Mark VII).

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H.M.D. “Ten” No 1052. (local No 94).

Date: – Dec 28th 1918.

Position: – 390 57’ 00” N 250 31’ 00” E.

Depth of Water: – 12 fthms.

Description: – Floating mine, (British) spherical bottom upwards with bar    across.

Name of Mine: – British Elia (Fig 36 Book of Mines).

How sunk: – Rifle Fire (Mark VII).

 

 

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your obedient servant

 

Reginald H. Palmer

Lt. R.N.V.R.

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 14 January 1919

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 14 January 1919

 

S.O. 9th Div of Drifters

D “Northesk” II

Cape Helles.

Jan 14 1919

Staff Paymr (V)

H.M.S. “Europa”

 

Sir,

 

Enclosed I send receipts for slops supplied to vessels in my Division.

* The receipt from M.L. 508 has not been returned to me but possibly the C.O. is sending it direct.*

 

Regarding the slops for my vessels everything was correct with the exception of 1 Razor, 1 Hat ribbon & 1 pair of braces short.

 

The shortage of the braces I have discovered, as on checking your “Summary” sheet I find the pair for H.M.D. “Prime” was not included, although it was on Prime’s sheet.

 

The other two items I cannot trace.

 

Your obedient servant

 

R.H. Palmer

Lieut R.N.V.R.

*Receipt from M.L. 508 just to hand so is enclosed.

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 14 January 1919

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 14 January 1919

 

S.O. 9th Div of Drifters

D “Northesk” II No 2022

Cape Helles.

Jan 14th 1919

Commanding Officer

H.M.S. “Caesar”

 

Sir,

 

I have the honour to report the following changes in the personnel of the crews in vessels under my command.

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H.M.D. “Hopeful” No. 2386.

Stephen Bryan, Deck Hand, Off No.21753.

James H. Mears, Trimmer, Off No. TS.6615

reported for duty A.M. Dec 29th 1918.

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H.M.D. “Ebenezer” No. 2294.

William Woods, 2nd Hand, Off No. 1679

reported for duty A.M. Dec 29th 1918.

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H.M.D. “Northern Scot” No 2425.

  1. Thomas, Trimmer,

reported for duty A.M. Dec 29th 1918.

 

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your Obedient Servant

R.H. Palmer

Lieut. R.N.V.R.

George Ryan’s letter home dated 14 Jan 15

Victoria Barracks

Dinapore

Behar

India.

14 Jan 1915

 

Dear May,

 

Just a few words to let you know I received no letter this week. I suppose mother didn’t get my letter from Aden, or I should have had an answer to it this week.

 

However, they expect the mail boat in a bit earlier this week; it’s supposed to reach Bombay some time to-day, so we might get our letters Sat night.  It will be quite a change, as it’s been Mon or Tues the last 3 or 4 weeks, before we’ve got any letters.

 

I fired ball-cartridge for the first time yesterday. I got on very well; it was only on the 30 yards range though.  It was only to get us used to our rifles – those that had not fired ball before.  We shall start firing our “course”, next week I expect.  It takes two or three weeks, as we have various kinds of targets, at different ranges, both rapid & deliberate (take your time) firing.  We can earn extra pay for firing, I think.  A first-class shot gets 6d a day extra a second class gets 3d & a 3rd class shot gets nothing extra.  Of course, you have to be very good at it to get anything extra.  The Army doesn’t give anything away.  These payments are what the Regulars get, but we don’t know yet whether we shall get them.  Of course, we are acting as Regulars out here, but when it comes to a matter of pay we are only Territorials.

 

Well the rumour that we should leave here in March has been buried. We’ve had another one since then & that was that we were here for 3 years but that’s also been buried.  The one alive at present is that the war will be over by October & that we shall spend next Christmas at home.  I hope this last one is right.  After all “there’s no place like London”.

 

Hoping you are all well & jogging along alright.

 

Love to all,

Yr loving brother

George

Letter to General Sir W. Douglas-Smith dated 13 January 1927

Embossed Government notepaper.

13th January, 1927

 

My dear General,

I wrote to you on 20th December about your request for the Duke of Brabant to be asked to unveil the Memorial to the 20th Division at Langemarck, and undertook to make the necessary enquiries.

We now hear that H.R.H. has accumulated so many engagements during his absence from Brussels on his honeymoon that he is unable to add to them, although “he would have appreciated the honour had his time not been so fully occupied”.

In these circumstances perhaps you will consider the advisability of inviting some one connected with the Division to perform the unveiling ceremony.

If you will let us know in due course the details asked for in the last paragraph of our letter of the 28th October last we will take the necessary steps with the Foreign Office.

We will not reply officially, as I think this letter gives all the information you require to know.

 

Yours sincerely,

J.J.H. Nation

 

Major General Sir W. Douglas Smith, K.C.B., K.C.V.O.

c/o Messrs Lloyds Bank Ltd.,

Cox’s Branch

6, Pall Mall,

S.W. 1.