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===(9)=== [[File:Alderton, Frederick William-09.png|thumb|Page 9 - Paula Bird]] the morning. It is not easy to express our feelings (in fact I shall not attempt to) when with dawn came the mist. We could see no more than two miles and not a German was in sight. We cruised about until nearly noon hoping against hope that the weather would clear and allow us to complete the day's work. At noon I was not sorry to get out of my turret for lunch, for I had no rest and no food for the last 24 hours and I was quite ready for both, especially the latter. The next and most trying duty was to discover the casualties of my division, which had suffered heavily. The majority of the wounded were unconscious, for they had been dreadfully burned, but those to whom I spoke only wanted to write to their people saying that all was going well, and to know about the action. At 8 p.m. June 1st, the most mutilated of the dead were buried at sea. I need hardly say that the behaviour of the men was perfectly splendid. From the Shell Room to the Gunhouse and Control Cabinet they all did their jobs with the utmost cheeriness, often under very uncomfortable conditions. They could feel the ship being hit and take up an unpleasant list, but they had no other thought than to keep the guns going and eventually thereby to annihilate the whole German Fleet. The other Officers in the Turret beside myself were the Commander, who was there as second in command of the ship, and three midshipmen - one in the Gunhouse, another in the Control Cabinet and the third with the Commander. This rough account has become much longer than was originally intended, in spite of the fact that many of the most interesting points have been omitted. To an NO. it might have been interest to hear some local ideas of the effect of shell fire on the ship. The efficiency of our control of fire and that of the enemy, something of the torpedoes fired by and against us, the Destroyer work by day and night, the handling of ships and tactics in general etc. etc. I can, however, claim one merit, for it is at least a true though not complete account of what I saw and thought at the time. To the best of my knowledge and belief it is free from outside influence, for when I made the notes from which it is taken I had heard none of the hundreds of stories now in circulation. October, 1916.
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