Reports from the Front

2nd Lieutenant HS Hellawell of the 6th Manchesters fought at Gallipoli, he writes in his diary…

On Friday, I was sent on board this boat which is a prize German cargo boat of about 4 or 5,000 tons, built and fitted up on the Tyne, only about 2 years ago. It belongs to the Deutsche Levante Linie of Hamburg. I have 30 men, and we have about 20 Turkish prisoners on board, taken from various sailing vessels. I have a comfortable cabin (the captain’s) and a small saloon all to myself, so am alright: unfortunately, the cabins are all overrun with cockroaches. I spread a whole tin of Keatings about yesterday and the result was simply astounding: cockroaches marched out from everywhere and walked up the walls, over the ceiling, round the floor – the whole place was crawling! But not for long. In an hour or two they were all lying about with their toes pointing to heaven and my batman swept up a great many – ‘hundreds’, he said. They were still coming out in ones and twos last night and as I was lying in my bunk two had the cheek to crawl over me! Oh, you get used to nearly anything and anyway, they seem fairly clean ones and quite harmless.’

Recent News

  • Festival Preview
    30th April 2018
    Christopher Morley of the Birmingham Post has kindly written this review of our...
  • New Vice-Presidents
    23rd March 2018
    We are delighted to announce that Edward Gardner OBE has joined our list...
  • Concert 3rd March 2018 – Mozart/Bach
    3rd March 2018
    Following an early “pitch inspection”, our concert tonight is definitely going ahead. We...

Latest Tweets

  • It’s a beautiful morning here in Gloucester, but our time at home this morning is short-lived. Tonight we conclude… ,
  • Come and support our fabulous choral scholars - great, varied programme; it will be a terrific evening. ,
  • It was also our pleasure to have with us last night, and to be accompanied by the amazing… ,

Newsletter Signup



Keep up to date with the latest from GCS in con Spirito, our newsletter. We won't share your details with anyone and you can unsubscribe at any time.