February 29, 1916

IF

±@B

February 1916
Tuesday 29
Fine day. At office.
Not much doing.
War news state that Ger
many has commanded her
submarine officers to blow up
any boats carrying a gun, without
warning. Estimated that Germany
has over 2 ½ million of men on
the Western front of whom ½ a
million are attacking the Verdun
forts & surrounding trench fortifi
cations.29 TOTAL

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February 28, 1916

IF

±@B

February 1916
Monday 28
Fine day. Down to
office. Received wire from
Monro of Auckland advising
sell part of his land in Hogg
Crescent at £ 140. Advised
Mrs Ferguson re same.
Not much doing.
War news state that most
appalling & sanguinary
fighting is taking place near Ver
dun which the German forces,
estimated at ½ million, are try
ing to capture. French withdraw
to sound positions under cover
of curtains of fire. Fort Douau
mont taken by Germans & re
taken By French several times
finally leaving it in French
possession.
Passenger steamer Maloja out
ward bound with about 411 people
on board was mined when not far
from Lowestoft & other vessels going
to rescue were also mined.
About 130 were drowned on the Malo
ja the majority being Lascars. 26 of
the crews of 2 other boats were drowned.28 TOTAL

February 27, 1916

IF

±@B

Sunday 27
Rain towards
evening. Warm showers from
Sth [South] West. Cut gum wood
& put in considerable time
at repairing a wheel barrow.
Went with Bertie to Town Hall
at night to hear Mr Kelland
give a lecture on the war
the proceeds to go to the fund
for the wounded soldiers’
queen candidate. There was
a good house & the speaker
was in good form.
Home about 10 oclock.27 TOTAL

February 26, 1916

IF

±@B

February 1916
Saturday 26
Fine day. At office.
Not much doing.
War news state that the
Crown Prince of Germany is
making tremendous efforts
to break thro [through] the French
defences around Verdun
& that great masses of troops
have been hurled to destruct
tion in their furious onslaughts.
Several minor positions, taken
from the French but their line
is firmly held & they have a
great army ready to reinforce
at any moment, any part
of their line. Russians forcing
the Turks to flee in all directions
in Armenia & taking great
numbers of prisoners & arm
-aments. Italians making head
way against the Austrians,
Bulgarians & Germans falling
out with each other & constant
friction taking place between
their officers.
Greece massing troops towards
Athens, their capital.26 TOTAL

February 25, 1916

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February 1916
Friday 25
Fine. Very warm.  At
office.  Mrs Fergusson rang up
for me to go down and see her
re sections and made an offer of
£140 for part of Munro’s block
in Cassel Street.  Saw D.K.
Logan who wired the offer to
Munro in Auckland.
Took a box of apples to the
station at night and consigned same
to our boys at Wellington College.
War news state Germans
making great assaults on the
French positions before Verdun
capturing portions of the trenches
and a lot of prisoners.25 TOTAL

February 24, 1916

tn_24 FebFebruary 1916
Thursday 24
Fine. Very dry weather.
Picked about 1 [bottles] of apples
off one of our trees as the birds
are beginning to play havoc
with them.  Down to office.
Not much doing. Bought ½
a bushel of oats and after dinner
and hoed some into the ground I
have taken the potatos from,
then cut some wood after
which I picked a case of apples
to save them from the birds.
War news state that Germans
have taken some trenches
from the French and an aerial
fight on a big scale has taken
place between German and French
airships which ended in a de
cided advantage to the French.
A large Zeppelin was brought
down by Anti Aircraft guns and it
was burnt and blown to pieces, the
occupants between 20 and 30 of the,
all being killed and burnt.

24 TOTAL

February 23, 1916

IF

±@B

February 1916
Wednesday 23
Fine day. Up early &
with Jack’s aid I got exhibits
ready for the show. Jack cycled
down with two loads & took
onions down after breakfast
& I took down a box of apples
& Tomatoes. Did no good
with exhibits, only getting some
2nds & third places.
Down at night with Jack & bought
home some of the stuff, the balance
being sold for the Wounded soldiers
fund.
War news state great air fights
taking place to the advantage
of the British & French airmen
against the Germans along
the Western front; German
aviation grounds & munition
factories being bombed.23 TOTAL