SCRIMGEOUR'S SMALL SCRIBBLING DIARY 1914'1916. THE TRULY ASTONISHING WARTIME DIARY AND LETTERS OF AN EDWARDIAN GENTLEMAN, NAVAL OFFICER, BOY AND SON.

Hallam, Richard. & Beynon, Mark.


£30.00




1st.ed., 2008. 304 pp., 18 charts & photo-plates. Unusual cut-a-way d.j. facsimile boards & e.p's. 24 x 16cm. FINE. Alexander Scrimgeour was born 5th March 1897 and grew up in the picturesque Kentish village of Wickhambreaux near Canterbury as a member of a privileged family. At the age of 13 he entered the Royal Navy as a cadet at both Osborne and Dartmouth. With the coming of war in 1914, Alexander saw service in a couple of ships before joining the battle-cruiser HMS INVINCIBLE in July 1915. In May1916 he went down with his ship at the Battle of Jutland. There were only six survivors and Alexander was among the 1,026 who lost their lives. As part of his naval training, Alexander was required to keep a detailed journal with the aim of improving the midshipman's knowledge. The journal covers his time in the cruiser CRESCENT and the AMC ALSATIAN. Alongside this journal he kept a diary from 1910 to 1915 (that for 1916 probably went down with his ship) recording his observations and unusually frank opinions of the war. There were also letters home, all preserved by his family and printed here for the first time.


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