31 October 1916

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October 1916
Tuesday 31
Cold rainy day. At
office. Not much doing.
Lunched at WFCA tea rooms.

War news state desperate
fighting taking place between
German forces & the Russo-
Roumanians with varying
success the Northern armies of
the latter driving the former back
& Austro-Germans in the Western
sphere driving the Roumanians.
French & British make slight
advances on the Franco
German front31 Oct TOTAL

28 October 1916

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October 1916
Saturday 28
Fine day. Up early &
put nearly an hour in at
bursting up gum wood, tough
old stumps. Down to office.
Busy with labour matters all
day.

War news state that
German Destroyers attack
ed in the English Channel
British destroyers & trans
ports. 2 German destroyers
sunk and another disabled.
One British destroyer sunk
another disabled by a torpedo
and an empty transport
sunk the crew being saved.
Germany torpedoing & sink
ing all neutral vessels in
the Baltic Sea with the object
of preventing food being taken
to England. Reciprocal
pleasantries on all other
fronts of fighting with varying
success.28 Oct TOTAL

27 October 1916

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October 1916
Friday 27
Fine day.
At office. Busy with
correspondence & labour
matters all day.
Put in an hour at digging
in the garden after tea.
War news state that Rouma
nians have blown up the fine
bridge across the Danube
being the main thoroughfare to

Constanza. Bridge cost the
sum of £ 1,500,000 & ex
tends thro [through] marshy country
for about 12 miles after
crossing the river.27 Oct TOTAL

26 October 1916

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October 1916
Thursday 26
Dull day with light
showers. Heavy rain down the
Lower Valley & the South Wairar
apa Show being held at Carterton
suffered very much. Business
premises closed at 11 AM to
allow people to go to show.
I stayed home & did garden
work. Down to YMCA at
night & played chess, being
beaten by Nops in a Ladder
contest thus giving him a “leg in”
as I shall have to win the next
two to displace him.
War news state that Bulgar
German forces have captured
Constanza city, a Roumanian
seaport on the Black Sea.
French made a great attack &
captured 2 miles of German de
fences including Douamont
Fort near Verdun, & took
4500 prisoners.26 Oct TOTAL

25 October 1916

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October 1916
Wednesday 25
Fair day. At office.
Busy with labour matters.
Mr A Mutrie in & paid me
cheque for £15 commission
on sale of his house to Prosser.
Saw Mr Riddell of Opaki who
promised to give a lamb for
the stall at the College patritotic
sports in Wellington on Nov [November] 11th.
I to take it down.
War news state that Austro-
German army has driven the
Roumanians from Predeal
Pass & are forcing the latter to
retreat.25 Oct TOTAL

24 October 1916

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October 1916
Tuesday 24
Fine day. Before break
fast I prepared ground for
cucumber plants. Down to
office. Busy with labour matters
engaging shearers etc.
News received from England
that Mr W F Massey is to be
presented in a silver casket,
with the Freedom of the City & is
also to be made a Privy Councillor
& other honours to be conferred on
him for his services in the Domin
ion in regard to the war etc.
War news state that Roumanians
being driven back in one sector but
advancing in another. On the Somme
front British & French gained fur
ther ground. Great air combats
taking place numerous machines
on both sides being brought down.
The Greek Senator Venezelos
has issued an ultimatum to Bulga
ria to evacuate Macedonian
territory. Servians desperately
fighting the Bulgarians in the
Monastir district, with considerable
success.24 Oct TOTAL

23 October 1916

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October 1916
Monday 23
Labour Day – Holiday observed
by Govt [Government] & Banks, Law
offices & factories. Other business
premises kept open.
Down to office. Town very
quiet.
Before tea I put in about an
hour hawing & bursting up tough
gum stump, Jack giving me
a little assistance.
War news state British &
French troops have made
further advance on the Somme
front & taken 800 German
prisoners. Servians & Allied
troops forcing Bulgars to retreat
at the Vardar theatre of fighting.
Italians nearing Trieste & shells
from Italian guns falling on the
outskirts of the city which
has had its water supply cut
off by the Italians. Roumanians
hard pressed by the Austro-Ger
mans in some quarters & forced
to retreat & have advanced in others23 Oct TOTAL

22 October 1916

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October 1916
Sunday 22
Windy & cold from South.
Mended fence & barway along
the road by the sheds.
Soldered the bath, having
bought an iron & solder yes
terday to try my hand at the
plumbing.22 Oct TOTAL