Diary of Thomas Cairns Livingstone, 1916

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  • Reference
      GB 243 TD1969/4
  • Dates of Creation
      1 Jan - 31 Dec 1916
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Scope and Content

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

Subjects include: rent reduction after the Rent Restrictions Act (29 Jan); reported paper shortage (5 Feb); preparations for impending blackout in Glasgow (23 - 24 Feb); street lights painted for blackout (1 Mar); lamp posts painted white (22 Mar); watching "She" at the cinema (25 Mar); serious strikes of Clyde workers (29 Mar); report of first Zeppelin attack in Scotland (3 Apr); reference to John Maclean's imprisonment for sedition (13 Apr); Scottish Women's Hospitals flag day (15 Apr); uprising in Ireland (25 Apr - 8 May); at recruiting office (2 May); medical examination at recruiting office and assessed as medically unfit for active duty (10 May); introduction of Daylight Saving Time (21 May); the beginning of the Battle of the Somme (1 Jul); visiting friend wounded at the Somme (2 Aug); his visit to Belfast (2 - 10 Aug); visiting the cinema to see "The Battle of the Somme" (30 Aug); his son's first day of school at Victoria School (4 Sep); account of man throwing a bomb out of a window in Bridgeton (10 Sep); commemorative picture of Jack Cornwell for the Ward at the Star and Garter Home, Richmond (21 Sep); threatened water shortage (30 Sep); salary increase (6 Nov); burning of Victoria School (14 Nov); his wife attends a school teaching war cookery (15 Nov); government fixes the price of milk (21 Nov); arrival of Native Americans in Glasgow en route to the front (8 Dec); purchase of a war loaf (9 Dec) and visit to the Rogano (25 Dec).

Debits and credits for 1916 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)