Diary of Thomas Cairns Livingstone, 1917

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      GB 243 TD1969/5
  • Dates of Creation
      1 Jan - 31 Dec 1917
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Scope and Content

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

Subjects include: war loaf made official (10 Jan); account of speech by the socialist Scott Gibson (21 Jan); nationalisation of the country's coal mines (15 Feb); shortage of potatoes (17 Feb); expected food shortage (9 Mar); his son diagnosed with German Measles and the Russian revolution (16 Mar); colleague's last day at work before entering the army (22 Mar); United States of America declares war on Germany (7 Apr); rising cost of newspapers (18 Apr); rising cost of tobacco (28 Apr); bathing in the new Govanhill Baths and the British army age raised to 50 (14 May); first public execution in Glasgow for 12 years (16 May); visit to Govan to see the Russian cruiser Askold (27 May); Russian sailors in the Gorbals (29 May); holiday to Arran (29 Jun - 2 Jul); visit to Glasgow Green to see the shows set up for the Glasgow Fair (13 Jul); procession in aid of the wounded proceeding along New City Road (21 Jul); receipt of calling-up notice which his employer is appealing against (15 Aug); search lights at night in Glasgow (22 Aug); gas-driving motor bus (9 Sep); completion of sugar form (13 Sep); Russia becomes a republic (17 Sep); visit of King George V to Glasgow (19 Sep); fire in South Hanover Street (22 Sep); receipt of exemption from military service (26 Sep); reported arrival of American troops in Glasgow (4 Oct); his wife bakes an eggless cake (15 Oct); civil war in Russia (16 Nov); tram accident at Queens Park Gate (6 Dec) and fire in Allison Street (27 Dec).

Debits and visits for 1917 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)