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|Box 6: Lucy Dobson (nee Lough) Collins Octavo diary for 1915. Starts with pages of addresses, then January 1 1915 to 31 December 1915, then pages of accounts.
There are loose items in the front of the dairy (these images are first):
Undated (1915?) newspaper clipping, Mr. Cawthron's Will, a great bequest, industrial and technical institute and museum. On the other side, roll of Honor, New Zealand casualties (October 4).
Undated (1915?) newspaper clipping, Attacks on Meuse Heights, Germans gain footing in one trench (July 18). The struggle in the Vosges, fighting on Hill 627, two Bavarian battalions wiped out (July 19). Enemy's claims, French attack in the Argonne fails, bloddy losses inflicted, 7009 French captured (July 17).
In a small blue envelope addressed: Mrs. Dobson. A small note signed "A Friend".
In a white envelope, date stamped 9 December 1913, addressed: Mrs Alfred Dobson, Blenheim. A note to "My dear old friend" and signed from "H.M. Baillie" - has information about the building of Blenheim's Church in 1862.
Between 20 December and 26 December 1915: a note headed, "Christmas Day".
In the back a personal name card: Mrs. C.G. Teschemaker-Shute.
This diary has mentions of WW1 from 1 February to 31 December 1915.
Monday 1 Feb
Ernie[Dobson] - Down to drill
Wednesday 10 Feb
Ernie - In to drill
Wednesday 24 Feb
Lucy [Dobson] - Went to the Service at the Wesleyan Chapel
Wednesday 3 Mar
Lucy - Went to the Church Service
Monday 12 Apr
Sister M (Marian) [Dobson nee Lough] - Went to Prayer Meeting
Saturday 17 Apr
Daisy and family [Dobson] - All went to see the men off to Trentham
Thursday 29 Apr
Fire Bell - Suddenly rang and the whistle blew Church bells rang a terrible din, the Allies had got the Dardanelles. Kept it up for about an hour. Band out & speeches from Rotunda
Monday 3 May
Mrs Mead - A cablegram to say Captain O. Mead is wounded
Wednesday 5 May
Lucy - Went to Church for Interesssary Service, a very good attendance
Amy Hudson - ran in for a few minutes she was going to the Service
Monday 17 May
(?) - Was wounded
Sunday 6 Jun
We all - Went down to see National Reserve march to Church crowds of people
Thursday 10 Jun
Mrs Macey -Told me news had just come of Mr Goulding killed - in action, "It is very sad"
Millie [Dobson] - Has gone to hear the addresses
Friday 11 Jun
Mrs Bagge - Told me her brother had his leg amputated
Monday 28 Jun
Mr Chaytor & Isabel - Had a good chat, Edward [Chaytor] gone or sent to England
Wednesday 30 Jun
Hattie Jenkins - Going to the Service
Sunday 5 Jul
Ernie - Brought a Dobson just back from the Dardanelles, quite a stranger, had a very interesting talk
Monday 2 Aug
Mrs Jenkins & Elsie - They were going to the Service for the soldiers
Wednesday 4 Aug
Lucy - Anniversary of declatation of War. Everybody Off to Public demonstration in Market Square [see archives 2005.184.0016 for an image of this event].
Tuesday 17 Aug
Retta & Lawrence [Grace] - Came to tell us sad news, Hami [Grace] was killed in action Dardanelles, he was a Lieutenant.
Friday 10 Sep
Mrs Chaytor & Jack - He is off to England in the Ionic to go to the front. Dear Boy, I am so sorry he is going
Wednesday 15 Sep
Amy Hudson & Mrs Jenkins - They were both going to the Sevice
Wednesday 29 Sep
Mrs Jenkins & Elsie - On her way to Service
Friday 8 Oct
Henry [Dobson] (age 46) - After drill just gone
Saturday 9 Oct
Norman Dodson - saying good bye, going into camp Tuesday
Thursday 21 Oct
Mrs Innes - Collecting for "British soldiers"
Wednesday 3 Nov
Returned Troopers - Train in with, Boy Mowatt among them (see Notes)
Monday 15 Nov
Charlie [Dobson] - In London hospital, Telegram from Hobart
Saturday 20 Nov
Charlie - Cable from, in London
Sunday 28 Nov
The children & Daisy [Dobson] - Up to see the Service in Cricket grounds, National Service.
Tuesday 30 Nov
Miss Girdwood - Coming back from morning service Intercessory for millions
Friday 31 Dec
Norman Dodson - To say Good bye, he leaves Monday or Tuesday will not return again
-Dobson War Diary 1915
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