Diary of Thomas Cairns Livingstone, 1918

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      GB 243 TD1969/6
  • Dates of Creation
      1 Jan - 31 Dec 1918
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Scope and Content

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

Subjects include: his appearance at a military tribunal (11 Jan); beef shortage (12 Jan); appearance of the tank "Julian" in Glasgow for fundraising purposes (13 Jan); the frozen Clyde (15 Jan); his examination by the Medical Board (26 Jan); description of camouflaged ships docked at Govan (27 Jan); visit from Andrew Hamilton on leave from the army (3 Feb); his appearance at the City of Glasgow Local Tribunal and subsequent conditional exemption (8 Feb); horse meat available as a ration (11 Feb); his invitation to join the volunteers and subsequent rejection (14 Feb); City Hall taken over by the Food Control Committee (6 Mar); visit of the Prince of Wales to Glasgow (9 Mar); British Airship flying over Glasgow (13 Mar); purchase of a bashed hat (30 Mar); news that most military exemptions are to be withdrawn (7 Apr); the beginning of War Weapons Week (8 Apr); aerial display of a dozen aeroplanes over Glasgow (9 Apr); display of captured German gun in George Square (10 Apr); display of captured German plane in George Square (12 Apr); German prisoners in Glasgow (18 Apr); reported death of his colleague James Crichton who was killed in action on 21 Mar (19 Apr); female soldiers drilling near Pollokshields (9 May); rising cost of postage (3 Jun); rising cost of coal (25 Jun); completion of new ration books (28 Jun); airship and aeroplanes sighted in the skies above Glasgow (29 Jun); visit to the West End Park to see a band performance (30 Jun); mention of Spanish Influenza epidemic throughout the country (5 Jul); death of Agnes' cousin, May Crozier, from pneumonia following influenza (8 Jul); report of 39 deaths in Glasgow during the previous week from influenza and influenza-related pneumonia; appearance of American soldiers on the streets of Glasgow (23 Jul); watching the Zouave Band in George Square (23 Jul); watching the Zouave Band in Queens' Park with his son (26 Jul); his brother Duncan being called up for the Army Service Corps (1 Aug); family trip to Bute (17 Aug - 2 Sep); burning of the Grand Theatre in Cowcaddens (5 Sep); strike of Govanhill coal-men (18 Sep); purchase of peat as alternative fuel to coal (19 Sep); his son diagnosed with influenza (22 Sep); making up a food parcel for his brother Duncan (7 Oct); appears to be no excitement in town over the peace proposals (13 Oct); the influenza epidemic being very bad in Glasgow (24 Oct); November is the month gas rationing starts (5 Nov); death of Jenny Roxburgh, the end of war and scenes of rejoicing in Glasgow (11 Nov); army recruitment and blackouts cease (12 Nov); funeral of Jenny Roxburgh (13 Nov); whiter bread now in circulation (27 Nov); crowds assemble in Glasgow to welcome John Maclean's return from prison (3 Dec); attendance at a Labour political meeting at Dixon Halls (5 Dec); his father diagnosed with cancer (10 Dec); his wife votes in her first parliamentary election (14 Dec) and his father undergoes an operation at the Royal Infirmary (21 Dec).

Debits and visits for 1918 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)