Thursday the 8th.

Very rough day and the sports which were to have been held were postponed in consequence, as we are approaching our first port of call a good many of the lads are busy writing home, one has to be very careful that the letters contain the news of military importance, all letters are censored on the boat, they being left open for the purpose. It seems strange to be writing home and not being able to say what you like.

February the 9th.

Enjoying a bit of sunshine during the morning, when the General alarm was blown. This is recognised by the continuous of the Siren on this alarm we have to hurry to our respective mess tables, obtain our life belts, put them on and remain at our mess tables until the order comes down for us to go to our boat stations. These orders have to be carried quickly and systematically, so that should the real thing happen, there will be no stampede, each man taking up his position as quickly as possible. The life boats carry 52 men and the raft 12 men, our unit has been alloted rafts, each 12 men being alloted a particular raft which are stacked on the boat in fives and are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. We expect any amount of alarms on the journey, we will then be well trained in boat drill should the enemy decide to pay us a visit, we have no wish to meet him under such adverse conditions, but nevertheless the precautions taken should help greatly to minimise casualties.

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