Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. I (25 April 1915 to 14 January 1916)

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Capt. Morley, the Capt. & the Purser Mr. Williamson remember me & my wife & children & have been very kind to me on board. All ports have black [?] paper pasted on sashes and ports, & all possibility of lights showing at night is prevented, no lights on deck. Course zig zagged at times. all possible precautions taken against Submarine attack. 4-7" Gun (& [?] R.M.Art.) mounted aft. (met Sir Charles Bailey, L. Gov of Bombay). Dec. 6th. Arrived at Marseilles at 8 a.m. detained for examination of passports etc. until 2/30 p.m. When we landed by Tender left for Boulogne, at which we arrived on Dec 7th. at 2.30 p.m. No Boat ready as expected, but M.L.O. arranged for me to go over Folkestone. Leave Boat - leaving at 8.15 that night - (had arranged to stay at Hotel Folkestone). arrived Folkestone 10-15 p.m. & Victoria 1.15 a.m. Could not get taxi so slept in Guard Room in station. Got to home at Richmond at 7.45 a.m.Dec. 9th. Called at Commonwealth Office & reported to Col Buckley afterwards reported to D.M.S. Col. GIBLIM at Horseferry Rd Offices & asked for a board. Col. Giblim promised 125