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A detailed day-to-day manuscript journal kept by an unidentified officer on board H.M.S. Doris, 1st Aug. 1914 to 29th July 1916. 'Doris' was an Eclipse Class second class cruiser of 5,600 tons, with a complement of 450 & was equiped with a seaplane.
Not published, 1914.. For the first few months of the war 'Doris' was part of the 11th Squadron patrolling off the west coast of Ireland.In December 1914 and January 1915 she is engaged in action against the Turks at Alexandretta;during April 1915 she was based at Port Trebuki, on Skyros, guarding troop convoys en route to the Dardanelles, on the 25th attacking the Turks at Bulair in an attempt to draw Turkish troops away from Gallipoli before supporting the Anzac landings (for which see below). On the 21st October 1915 the writer gives a vivid account of the bombardment of the Bulgarian coast at Dedeagatch.The journal ends abruptly on 29th July 1916; remainder of volume blank. Fully written up on 182-pages 4to (10½ x 8¼ inches), circa 30,000 words;with, at end, a further 32-page résumé of part of the journal (15th December 1914 - 11th March 1915 only) under the heading: "Three Months on the Syrian Coast";a slightly edited version of this résumé appeared anonymously in the "Naval Review" (1915, issue 4, pages 621-637). Also a further 11-pages, being a list of ships engaged in the action. 4to, contemporary maroon cloth over green grained cloth boards; edge rubbed. 1st August 1914 - 29th July 1916. The following quote will give an idea of content. For a full description with further transcripts, please enquire."April 26th 1915: 5am received orders to steam at full speed to Anzac and give assistance in covering troops landing, at 7am we could hear heavy gun fire in the distance, 8am we arrived and found that the troops were landing rapidly under a heavy fire. The battleships and cruisers were in one line about 1500 yds from the shore, a balloon was directing fire for the ships and seaplanes were also making flights, the warships were giving the Turks some terrific shrapnel fire, about 9am our troops had gained the right edge of Kaba Tepe heights and also had field guns in position but we could give no assistance only stay on deck and watch the battle, of which we had a splendid view, reinforcements were still landing with stores etc. and boats were bringing off wounded rapidly luckily up to now are troops not getting worried by gun fire much, about 10.30am the ships opened fire very heavy on a Turkish Battery which were now shelling our troops, all the afternoon the same thing happened, all you could hear was a murderous fire everywhere. 6pm our troops seemed to have gained a good foothold, 7.30 pm darkness started to set in, making the firing, with the shrapnel burst look like a firework display (but only at a distance). 8.30pm darkness was now settled, and the battle seemed to of died down, excepting a few attacks which were very short".
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Last Found On: 2013-06-16           Check availability:      UKBookworld    


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