As the Battle of Passchendaele started on the Western Front, James was back home, in Grimshaw Lane, Middleton Junction. So far we have not been able to find any pictures of his actual house, but we have found some photographs of his neighbourhood, taken around that time. This picture shows the Wesleyan Chapel in Grimshaw Lane,… Continue reading 31 July 1917- James on leave in Middleton Junction
DIARY: Thursday to Sunday Aug 5 on LeaveJames went back to his home at 30, Grimshaw Lane, Middleton Junction. This was his first leave since 13 March 1917. The part of Grimshaw Lane that had no.30 in it, has sadly now been re-developed, but the houses still exist further down the road and it is… Continue reading 26 July 1917 – James goes on leave for 10 days, until 5th August
DIARY: In Stream The entrance to Portsmouth Dockyard:
DIARY: In stream. Went ashore and saw Moorhouse. Birthday in Navy. James left home on 24 July 1916, travelling via Liverpool, to Crystal place to start his training in the Royal Navy. So James is celebrating his first year in the Navy. (His real birthday was on 27th February. Sadly, James was not to celebrate… Continue reading 24 July 1917 – Goes ashore in Portsmouth; completes his first Year in the Navy
DIARY: Underway for Portsmouth. Passed Portland Bill at 7.30 am, Needles at 10.30 am and St Catherine's Point at 11.15am, Ventnor 11.30 to anchor 5.30 in stream. The Needles, Isle of Wight: St Catharine's Point: 23 July 1917 Same address Dear Mother & Father No doubt you have had no correspondence from me… Continue reading 23 July 1917 – Finally arrives back in Portsmouth and can write home.
DIARY: Sighted Lands End at 10 am. Passed convoy of ships at 7.30AM escorted by British cruiser and two American destroyers. Bad fog dropped at 2.15PM, lifted at 2.40PM and we proceeded into Falmouth for orders. Left Falmouth at 7.30PM Lands End: Falmouth:
DIARY: At sea. Heard 4 SOS calls. One from Safilia, & another from Neptune & La Perouse. We can't find any evidence of any of these ships being in distress at this time. HMS Neptune was a Dreadnought battleship built in 1909. She took part in the battle of Jutland in 1916 and was scrapped… Continue reading 21 July 1917 – Hears SOS calls