Diary of Thomas Cairns Livingstone, 1915

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  • Reference
      GB 243 TD1969/3
  • Dates of Creation
      1 Jan - 31 Dec 1915
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Scope and Content

Handwritten daily entries accompanied by line drawings and colour illustrations drawn by the author.

Subjects include: seeing the HLI leaving for the front (14 Jan); fear of a Zeppelin attack (22 Jan); horse flag day (23 Jan); first naval fight with dreadnought cruisers (25 Jan); factor increasing rent (26 Jan); increasing cost of provisions (5 Feb); British aeroplanes reported to be flying over Glasgow soon (11 Feb); Germany declares it will sink every boat sailing in British waters by submarine and mine (18 Feb); strike of engineering workers in the west of Scotland (26 Feb); end of strike (3 Mar); march out of all the soldiers in Glasgow (6 Mar); small salary rise (10 Mar); coal shortage in Glasgow (11 Mar); Serbian flag day and fire in Renfrew Street (27 Mar); two female conductors begin work on the Glasgow tramways (30 Mar); ten year anniversary of first meeting Agnes (5 Apr); news from James Bell, his old office boy, who became a prisoner of war and is now at home (9 Apr); fire at Eglinton Toll (14 Apr); air raid notices appear (7 May); report of the Lusitania's sinking (8 May); family holiday to Rothesay (17 - 30 Jun); visit to the British Oxygen Company and the making of poison gas (17 Jul); new uniforms for female tram conductors (19 Jul); completion of the family's National Registration Papers (15 Aug); shorter pub opening hours (23 Aug); march out of 10,000 men in Glasgow (2 Oct); visit of recruiting sergeant to his home (25 Nov); captured guns at George Square (28 Nov) and joining the army (9 Dec).

Debits and credits for 1915 recorded at the end of the volume.

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This diary is one of those which have been annotated and published as "Tommy's War: A First World War Diary, 1913 - 1918", Thomas Livingstone and ed. by Ronnie Scott (HarperPress: London, 2008)