Wednesday, 5 November 2014

5th November 1914

Indian Ocean
Thursday November 5 1915

Was pretty crook today with a sore throat and pains in the chest.  I was sick and D. Orderly too, so put my name on the sick list but when the doctor examined me he exempt me from duty for the rest of the day.  My temp went 99 degrees and I didnt care what became of me.  The mail boat, Osterley passed us this evening and we all gave the passengers hearty cheers and as she passed each troopship we could hear that she got the same all along the line.  We are all going to sleep on the horse boxes tonight. There has been boards put along to stop us roaling off when we are asleep.

The R.M.S. Osterley - a short time later, this vessel would also be used as a troopship.
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Thursday 5th November

Beautiful morning. A good deal of trouble during night due to faulty station keeping of ships ahead. Gun drill, lectures and physical training going on. About 11 AM the "Minatour" came back from her position at the head of Convoy, passed down the lines severely criticising ships which were not keeping station, and returned up the line to her place again. As she passed us our troops fell in on their Parade Stations and we gave the salute. During the afternoon number of Horse casualties in Convoy were transmitted to "Orvieto". Fortunately we have so far lost none from Albany. The following are the losses. Pera 1, Katuna 4, Hymettus 3, Anglo Egyptian 5, Medic 1, Port Lincoln 5, Karoo 9, Clan MacCorquedale 7, Marere 9, Shropshire 1. Total 45 . weather very warm today. Our position at noon. 24° 6’ South, 106° 55’ East. All awnings spread much to the satisfaction of all ranks. At 5 PM the "Osterly" showed up on the Horizon astern. She attempted to cross our line but the "Melbourne" ordered her off. She came up abreast our line just after we had finished dinner. Our men gave her cheers, and they were very  heartily responded to by the ship. The rigging was full of Blue Jackets evidently on their way to join their ships. She looked very fine steaming past us.

I should have referred to the appearance of the "Minatour" as she passed us today. She was ploughing along at about 20 knots with her sailors manning the decks. They and the officers were all dressed in white and with the various signal flags flying she looked a pretty sight.

As I write 8 bells has just sounded and the Lookout in the bow has called ‘All’s well". A big crowd of gunners is singing all sorts of songs on the forward deck. They have just finished ‘Absent". I feel inclined in consequence never to sing it again. Major Hughes still confined to his bed and our veterinary Officer too is not well today. Influenza appears to be going round the ship.

HMS Minotaur steaming between the ships of the First Convoy, November 1914.

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