Germany in reply to allies statement of terms, declares they will begin a wholesale war upon all shipping – rental vessels included. This created a serious situation with United States: and darkens peace hopes.
Wednesday 31st January 1917. Diary of John Glasier [GP/2/1/24].
Laurentic the White Star Liner converted into a light cruiser (14 000 tons) sank by a submarine on West Coast on Thursday night only 120 saved out of nearly 1000. Terrible.
Monday 29th January 1917. Diary of John Glasier [GP/2/1/24].
Stevie and I went out at 11:45… then came in and “first footed” the house. Outside was perfectly silent. No bells or cheers saluted the New Year (the authorities forbid bell-ringing for fear of zepplins) not a soul was to be seen. A curious bringing in of the new year.
Monday January 1st 1917. Diary of John Glasier [GP/2/1/24].
Papers announce that Germany has replied in most friendly way to President Wilson’s note. But it states no terms of peace, + requested an immediate conference of the belligerent powers. This of course is an evasion of the request of the note.
Thursday 28th December 1916, Diary of John Bruce Glasier [Glasier papers, GP/2/1/23].
National service for all!… Today’s papers announce that the Government intends making all men between 17 & 60 to register for service under the state during the war. Not to be made compulsory under voluntary service – the old conscription dodge.
Thursday 21st December 1916. Diary of John Bruce Glasier [Glasier papers, GP/2/1/23].
Britannic the great White Star liner 48 000 tons sunk in aegan sea. Was… a hospital ship, but no wounded on board. Doctors & crew rescued except 50. Seems a dastardly business – but whether sunk by Germans or by (maybe) one of our own mines, not yet known.
Tuesday 21st November 1916. Diary of John Bruce Glasier [Glasier papers, GP/2/1/23].
Papers full of confident reports of Britains gains on the Western front…
Tuesday14th November 1916. Diary of John Bruce Glasier [Glasier papers, GP/2/1/23].
German U Boat it appears has torpedoed seven or eight merchant men including a Dutch ship, and an (a British) with 30 american passengers. all the crews saved. This means outbreak of trouble with america.
Tuesday October 10th 1916. Diary entry by John Bruce Glasier [Glasier Papers, GP/2/1/23].
Great Zeppelin raid on Saturday night. Fifteen airships invade South East coast. Little damage done, but 2 people killed [and] about a dozen injured.
One Zeppelin set on fire falls northward of London.
Went over to Liverpool today with Laura Gibbing to see the [?] Gallery – my first crossing of the river since I returned home a month ago.
4th September 1916. Diary entry of John Bruce Glasier, socialist and pacifist [Glasier Papers GP2/1/23]. This week’s war: 109.
Bold submarine feud in the North Sea. British submarine torpedoes German battleship of 18000 tons despite the fact that it was guarded by a torpedo flotilla.
Announcement that Italian and Russian troops have joined the British at Salonika. This looks as if a determined effort is to be made to cut the German line to Constantinople. Meanwhile Bulgarians have invaded Greece. Poor Greece! Her territory is now invaded by both sides. Thus is her neutrality rejected.
23rd August 1916. Diary entry of John Bruce Glasier, socialist and pacifist [Glasier Papers GP2/1/23]. This week’s war: 108.