War Diary HM HS VITA 1917-1919

HM HS VITA

The transcribed War Diary can be downloaded here.

Below is the HM HS Vita’s log transcription for embarking and disembarking RAMC Other Ranks and Nursing Staff:

19 Jun, 1917
Sister Mrs GIBSON QAIMNS (R) who was acting matron disembarked
22 Jun, 1917
Sister Z M BONSER QAMNSI embarked as acting Matron
Sister  M McINTOSH QAIMNS (R) joined to fill a vacancy
14 Jul, 1917
Sister CHAPMAN AANS transferred
Sister SAVAGE QAIMNS (R) transferred
Sister  M McINTOSH QAMNSI (R) transferred
15-20 July, 1917
Accommodation brought up to 436 by replacing swing cots w/ fixed double tiered cots in wards 1, 2 &4.
25 Jul, 1917
Sister HUNT QAMNSI (T) joined
16 Sept, 1917
Miss HORNE AANS joined as Matron in place
Miss BONSER QAMNSI transferred
17 Sept, 1917
Staff Nurse S BLACK AANS joined for temp duty
11 Oct, 1917
Miss HORNE AANS & Staff Nurse S BLACK AANS transferred.
12 Oct, 1917
Nursing Sister SARGENT QAIMNSI (R) joined as acting Matron
13 Oct, 1917
Temporary Nurse N. FTIZGERALD transferred
83130 Pte NEWBOLD AE RAMC joined
23 Oct, 1917
Pte CHADWICK RAMC joined
Pte McMINN RAMC joined
24 Oct, 1917
Temporary Nurse Mrs ANDERSON joined

12 Feb, 1918
Pte VOGWILL J L No6 Co RAMC Att 32 BSH Died of Malaria (Buried at Sea)
24 Mar, 1918
Nursing Sister D. HUNT QAMNSI (T) was transferred sick
10 Apr, 1918
Nursing Sister Mrs Over QAIMNSI (T) disembarked
18 May, 1918
Probationer Nurse Miss L FINLAYSON SAMNS embarked
25 May, 1918
Probationer Nurse Miss L FINLAYSON SAMNS disembarked
1, Jun, 1918
Cape Town. RAMC ORs = 18, Indian ORs = 51. Left for 5-day shore leave.
1 Aug, 1918
58732 Cpl JS CHARNOCK RAMC disembarked
7 Aug, 1918
97391 Pte F PICKUP RAMC embarked
7869 AF SAWYER RAMC embarked
17 Aug, 1918
Staff Nurse T MUNDAY AANS embarked
Staff Nurse M BYRNE AANS embarked
Staff Nurse I BRADSHAW AANS embarked
Staff Nurse E MONAGHAN AANS embarked
Staff Nurse M DARNELL AANS embarked
6 Sep, 1918
Sister Miss HILDA JONES embarked as Sister in Charge
9 Sep, 1918
Staff Nurse Miss E BENT disembarked
12 Sep, 1918
46268 Cpl DWYER I RAMC embarked
21522 Pte ELLIS H RAMC embarked
Sister Miss MARY MORROW AANS embarked as Sister in Charge
Sister Miss HILDA JONES disembarked
13 Sep, 1918
11434 Pte MONKS L J RAMC transferred to Deolali for training w/ Detachment 1st Btn South Staffs Regt
68069 Pte KNIGHT T RAMC transferred to Deolali for training w/ Detachment 1st Btn South Staffs Regt
14 Oct, 1918
97391 Pte PICKUP F RAMC granted pay increase
Asst. Surg. F G STEINHOF is granted 30-days leave
15 Oct, 1918
Staff Nurse Miss LILIAN PENROSE AANS embarked
19 Oct, 1918
Miss SARGENT QAIMNSI(R) is struck off strength from 6 Sep, 1918
21 Nov, 1918
Sister Miss M MORROW AANS disembarked
Staff Nurse T MUNDAY AANS disembarked
Staff Nurse M BYRNE AANS disembarked
Staff Nurse I BRADSHAW AANS disembarked
Staff Nurse E MONAGHAN AANS disembarked
22 Nov, 1918 
40786 Pte CLOUGH A RAMC disembarked (transferred) sick
21522 Pte ELLIS H RAMC disembarked (transferred) sick
26 Nov, 1918
Pte JH CUSS RAMC disembarked
43480 Pte HOLFORD F RAMC embarked
29 Nov, 1918
Asst. Surg. F G STEINHOFF MD transferred to East Persia
30 Nov, 1918
11434 Pte MONKS L J RAMC rejoined
68069 Pte KNIGHT T RAMC rejoined
7869 Pte SAWYER A F RAMC rejoined
57731 Pte COLE G RAMC rejoined
3 Dec, 1918
62089 Pte ADSHEAD F L RAMC embarked
84657 Pte KENSHAW W E RAMC embarked
79702 Pte MARSHALL H J RAMC embarked
56509 Pte LYONS T RAMC disembarked
Matron Mrs J E MOLLOY AANS embarked
Sister Miss C McKECHNIE AANS embarked
Sister Miss VERA DESAILLY AANS embarked
Staff Nurse Miss ANNIE MORRIS AANS embarked
Miss L PENROSE ANNS rejoined
4 Dec, 1918
31595 Pte HATCH A J RAMC promoted acting Corporal w/o Pay
105266 Pte CHADWICK L W RAMC promoted acting Corporal w/o Pay
Pte HOLFORD F RAMC awarded 6d per diem as operating theatre orderly
Staff Nurse Miss L BECKER embarked
17 Dec, 1918
46368 Cpl DWYER W RAMC embarked

2 Jan, 1919
Nursing Sister Miss A MORRIS AANS transferred sick
3 Jan, 1919
60059 Pte DENTON J H RAMC transferred sick
67077 Pte HOOLEY A RAMC disembarked
68069 Pte KNIGHT T RAMC disembarked
11434 Pte MONKS L RAMC disembarked [in Bombay. Permanently]

Simple map of the locations listed in the HM HS VITA’s log between June 1917 and January 1919.

Below is the Ships Log transcription showing locations during the period June 1917 to January 1919.

Date Where Notes
1-Jun-17 At Sea Left Basra
2-Jun-17 Karachi Arived 8:30am
Departed 3pm
4-Jun-17 Bombay
22-Jun-17 Departed 8am for Basra
26-Jun-17 At Sea Persian Gulf
27-Jun-17 Arrived Shatt-el-Arab
28-Jun-17 Basra Anchored @ Saraji
1-Jul-17 Hospital Pier
7-Jul-17 At Sea Left Basra for Bombay
14-Jul-17 Bombay Alexandra Dock No2 Shed
25-Jul-17 Sailed at 1pm
31-Jul-17 Basra Hospital Pier
Kasba
Shatt-al-Arab Bar
Saraji
5-Aug-17 At Sea Left Basra for Bombay
10-Aug-17 Bombay Harbour
11-Aug-17 Alexandra Dock No2 Shed
17-Aug-17 Left Bombay for Basra
22-Aug-17 Basra Shatt-al-Arab Bar
Saraji
25-Aug-17 Basra Hospital Pier
28-Aug-17 Bushire Bushehr, Iran
29-Aug-17 At Sea
2-Sep-17 Bombay Alexandra Dock No 2 Shed
3-Sep-17 Anchored in the Stream
18-Sep-17 At Sea Left Bombay for Basra
23-Sep-17 Basra Shatt-al-Arab Bar
4-Oct-17 Left Basra for Bander Abbas
5-Oct-17 Bandar Abbas Iran
6-Oct-17 At Sea Sailed for Bombay
10-Oct-17 Bombay Alexandra Dock No 2 Shed
11-Oct-17 Anchored in the Stream
24-Oct-17 At Sea Left Bombay for Dar Es Salaam
30-Oct-17 Crossed the Line
1-Nov-17 At Sea Diverted to LINDI
3-Nov-17 Lindi Tanzania
4-Nov-17 At Sea Sailed for Dar Es Salaam
5-Nov-17 Dar es Salaam Anchored in harbour
6-Nov-17 At Sea Sailed for Zanzibar
Zanzibar
9-Nov-17 At Sea Sailed for LINDI
10-Nov-17 Lindi
11-Nov-17 At Sea Sailed for Dar Es Salaam
12-Nov-17 Dar es Salaam
13-Nov-17 At Sea Sailed for LINDI
14-Nov-17 Lindi Anchored in harbour
16-Nov-17 At Sea Sailed for Dar Es Salaam
17-Nov-17 Dar es Salaam Anchored in harbour
19-Nov-17 At Sea Sailed for LINDI
20-Nov-17 Lindi
21-Nov-17 At Sea Sailed for Dar Es Salaam
22-Nov-17 Dar es Salaam Anchored in harbour
23-Nov-17 At Sea Sailed for LINDI
24-Nov-17 Lindi
25-Nov-17 At Sea Sailed for Dar Es Salaam
26-Nov-17 Dar es Salaam Anchored in harbour
27-Nov-17 At Sea Sailed for Zanzibar
29-Nov-17 Zanzibar
30-Nov-17 At Sea Sailed for LINDI
1-Dec-17 Lindi
3-Dec-17 At Sea Sailed for Dar Es Salaam
4-Dec-17 Dar es Salaam
5-Dec-17 At Sea Sailed for KILINDINI
6-Dec-17 Kilindini Mobassa, Kenya
7-Dec-17 At Sea Sailed for LINDI
8-Dec-17 Lindi
10-Dec-17 At Sea Sailed for Dar Es Salaam
11-Dec-17 Dar es Salaam
12-Dec-17 At Sea Sailed for LINDI
13-Dec-17 Lindi
14-Dec-17 At Sea Sailed for Dar Es Salaam
15-Dec-17 Dar es Salaam
19-Dec-17 Zanzibar Sailed for Zanzibar
23-Dec-17 At Sea Sailed for LINDI
24-Dec-17 Lindi
25-Dec-17 At Sea Sailed for Dar Es Salaam
26-Dec-17 Dar es Salaam
27-Dec-17 At Sea Sailed for LINDI
28-Dec-17 Lindi
29-Dec-17 At Sea Sailed for Dar Es Salaam
30-Dec-17 Dar es Salaam
1-Jan-18 MISSING Nothing for January 1918
1-Feb-18 Zanzibar Coaling; Sailed for Lindi.
4-Feb-18 Lindi Sailed for Dar Es Salaam
5-Feb-18 Dar es Salaam Arrived inner harbour Dar es Salaam
7-Feb-18 Lindi
8-Feb-18 Lindi Sailed for Dar Es Salaam
9-Feb-18 Dar es Salaam
10-Feb-18 Dar es Salaam Sailed for LINDI
11-Feb-18 Lindi
12-Feb-18 Lindi Sailed for Dar Es Salaam
13-Feb-18 Dar es Salaam
14-Feb-18 Dar es Salaam Sailed for LINDI
15-Feb-18 Lindi
17-Feb-18 Lindi Sailed for Dar Es Salaam
18-Feb-18 Dar es Salaam Anchored in inner harbour Dar es Salaam
20-Feb-18 Kilindini Arrived Kilindini; Sailed for Zanzibar.
22-Feb-18 Zanzibar Arrived Zanzibar
23-Feb-18 Zanzibar Coaling
24-Feb-18 Zanzibar Coaling
25-Feb-18 Zanzibar Sailed for LINDI
26-Feb-18 Lindi Arrived LINDI
28-Feb-18 Dar es Salaam Arrived Dar es Salaam. Indian Patient Died.
1-Mar-18 Dar es Salaam Sailed for LINDI
2-Mar-18 Lindi Arrived LINDI; Sailed for Dar es Salaam
3-Mar-18 Dar es Salaam Arrived Dar es Salaam.
4-Mar-18 Dar es Salaam At anchor in harbour
5-Mar-18 Dar es Salaam Sailed for LINDI
6-Mar-18 Lindi Arrived LINDI
7-Mar-18 Lindi Sailed for Dar es Salaam
8-Mar-18 Dar es Salaam Arrived Dar es Salaam. Patient death; Buried at Sea.
9-Mar-18 Dar es Salaam Patient died. Sailed for Zanzibar
10-Mar-18 Zanzibar Arrived Zanzibar
11-Mar-18 Zanzibar Coaling
12-Mar-18 Zanzibar Coaling
13-Mar-18 Zanzibar Coaling
14-Mar-18 Dar es Salaam Sailed for Dar es Salaam. Arrived Dar es Salaam.
16-Mar-18 Dar es Salaam Sailed for LINDI
17-Mar-18 Lindi Arrived LINDI. Sailed for Port Amelia, Mozambique
18-Mar-18 Port Amelia Arrived Port Amelia. Patient died; Buried at Sea.
19-Mar-18 Port Amelia At anchor; Cleaning & Disinfecting wards
20-Mar-18 Port Amelia Sailed for LINDI
21-Mar-18 Lindi Arrived LINDI
22-Mar-18 Lindi Sailed for Dar es Salaam
23-Mar-18 Dar es Salaam Arrived Dar es Salaam. Anchored in harbour.
25-Mar-18 Dar es Salaam At anchor. Staff painted beds in Wards I, II & IV.
26-Mar-18 Dar es Salaam At anchor. Staff painted beds in Wards I, II & IV.
27-Mar-18 Dar es Salaam Sailed for KILINDINI.
28-Mar-18 Kilindini Arrived KILINDINI.
29-Mar-18 Kilindini Sailed for Dar es Salaam
30-Mar-18 Dar es Salaam Anchored in Dar es Salaam harbour
31-Mar-18 Dar es Salaam Anchored in Dar es Salaam harbour
1-Apr-18 Dar es Salaam Sailed for KILINDINI
2-Apr-18 Kilindini Arrived KILINDINI. Sailed for ZANZIBAR.
3-Apr-18 Zanzibar Arrived ZANZIBAR
4-Apr-18 Zanzibar Coaling. Sailed for Port Amelia.
7-Apr-18 Port Amelia Arrived Port Amelia.
10-Apr-18 Dar es Salaam Sailed for KILINDINI
12-Apr-18 Kilindini Arrived KILINDINI. Sailed for ZANZIBAR.
15-Apr-18 Lindi Arrived LINDI. Sailed for ZANZIBAR.
17-Apr-18 Dar es Salaam Sailed for KILINDINI
19-Apr-18 Kilindini Arrived KILINDINI. Patient death. Sailed for ZANZIBAR.
20-Apr-18 Zanzibar Arrived ZANZIBAR
21-Apr-18 Zanzibar Coaling
23-Apr-18 Zanzibar Coaling
24-Apr-18 Zanzibar Sailed for LINDI
25-Apr-18 Lindi Arrived LINDI
27-Apr-18 Lindi Sailed for Dar es Salaam
28-Apr-18 Dar es Salaam At anchor Dar es Salaam Bay
30-Apr-18 Dar es Salaam At anchor Dar es Salaam Bay
1-May-18 Dar es Salaam Heaved anchor and went to inner harbour.
2-May-18 Dar es Salaam Sailed for Kilindini
3-May-18 Kilindini Arrived Kilindini; Sailed for Dar es Salaam
4-May-18 Dar es Salaam Dropped anchor in Dar es Salaam Bay
5-May-18 Dar es Salaam Went into inner harbour.
8-May-18 Dar es Salaam Sailed for Kilindini
9-May-18 Kilindini Arrived Kilindini; Sailed for Dar es Salaam
10-May-18 Dar es Salaam Sailed for KILINDINI
11-May-18 Dar es Salaam Sailed for Zanzibar
12-May-18 Zanzibar Arrived ZANZIBAR. Sailed for ZANZIBAR.
13-May-18 Zanzibar Coaling
14-May-18 Zanzibar Coaling
15-May-18 Zanzibar Sailed for Dar Es Salaam; Anchored in Bay
18-May-18 Dar es Salaam Sailed for Durban, South Africa
25-May-18 Durban Tied up alongside the Wharf at Durban.
26-May-18 Durban Sailed for Cape Town
30-May-18 Cape Town Anchored in Table Bay
31-May-18 Cape Town Tied up alongside the Wharf.
2-Jun-18 Cape Town Went into dry dock for repairs
10-Jun-18 Cape Town Sailed for Durban
14-Jun-18 Durban Arrived; Took in Coal.
15-Jun-18 Durban Sailed for Zanzibar
21-Jun-18 Zanzibar Arrived Zanzibar; Ships stores took onboard
22-Jun-18 Zanzibar Sailed for Bombay. No patients embarked.
30-Jun-18 Bombay Dropped anchor in Bombay harbour
1-Jul-18 Bombay At anchor in stream
6-Jul-18 Bombay Went into Alexandra dock to Coal
7-Jul-18 Bombay Coaling
8-Jul-18 Bombay Left dock and anchored in stream
9-Jul-18 Bombay At anchor in stream undergoing repairs
31-Jul-18 Bombay At anchor in stream undergoing repairs
1-Aug-18 Bombay At anchor in stream
14-Aug-18 Bombay Alexandra Dock
15-Aug-18 Bombay Coaling
16-Aug-18 Bombay Coaling
17-Aug-18 Bombay Sailed for Basra
23-Aug-18 Basra Tied up to Hospital Pier at Basra
25-Aug-18 Basra Sailed for Karachi, Pakistan
30-Aug-18 Karachi Arrived Karachi; Sailed for Bombay
31-Aug-18 At Sea
1-Sep-18 Bombay Arrived Bombay; Dropped anchor in stream
2-Sep-18 Bombay Tied up to No2 Shed
7-Sep-18 Bombay Sailing for Basra Cancelled.
8-Sep-18 Bombay In stream
12-Sep-18 Bombay Came into No7 Alexandra Dock dock to Coal
13-Sep-18 Bombay Pte. MONKS and Pte. KNIGHT Disembarked for Training @ Deolali
Bombay Arrived BOMBAY. Sailed for ZANZIBAR.
14-Sep-18 At Sea Arabian Sea
24-Sep-18 Suez Egypt
5-Oct-18 Aden Yemen
11-Oct-18 Bombay Arrived BOMBAY. Sailed for ZANZIBAR.
16-Oct-18 At Sea Sailed for Suez
27-Oct-18 Suez Arrived SUEZ. Sailed for ZANZIBAR.
3-Nov-18 At Sea Sailed for Bombay
10-Nov-18 At Sea Turned around to Aden. Coal Shortage!
11-Nov-18 At Sea Germany Signed Armistice!
12-Nov-18 Aden Arrived ADEN. Sailed for ZANZIBAR.
18-Nov-18 Bombay Arrived BOMBAY. Sailed for ZANZIBAR.
22-Nov-18 Bombay Indian Personnel went on shore for peace celebrations
23-Nov-18 Bombay RAMC Personnel went on shore for peace celebrations
30-Nov-18 Bombay Pte. MONKS and Pte. KNIGHT Rejoined the Ship
Bombay Arrived BOMBAY. Sailed for ZANZIBAR.
Bombay Arrived BOMBAY. Sailed for ZANZIBAR.
Bombay Arrived BOMBAY. Sailed for ZANZIBAR.
1-Dec-18 Bombay In Stream
3-Dec-18 Bombay Came into No2 Shed Alexandra Dock
5-Dec-18 At Sea Sailed for Aden & Suez
10-Dec-18 At Sea Gulf of Aden
11-Dec-18 Aden Arrived Aden; Took in Meat. Left Aden
12-Dec-18 At Sea Red Sea
15-Dec-18 At Sea Gulf of Suez. Patient Died; Buried at Sea.
16-Dec-18 Suez Arrived Suez
18-Dec-18 Suez Suez Docks; Coaling
19-Dec-18 Suez Suez Docks
21-Dec-18 At Sea Sailed for Bombay.
22-Dec-18 At Sea Patient Died
24-Dec-18 At Sea Patient Died; Buried at Sea
26-Dec-18 Aden Arrived Aden. Left Aden
31-Dec-18 At Sea Indian Ocean
1-Jan-19 Bombay Anchored in Stream
2-Jan-19 Bombay Alexandra Dock No 2 Shed
3-Jan-19 Bombay Pte. MONKS Permanently left the Ship