February Meeting: William Stott Diaries 1918 by Rob Hamilton

Continuing the series on the illustrated diaries of William Henry Stott, Rob Hamilton took us through the entries for 1918. William and his wife (MJ) still had the worry that their son might be conscripted into the army and it was quite evident from the entries that he, along with much of the public, were becoming very war weary. There were shortages of almost everything including the Lett’s diary that William used. Finding labour to work in his business remained a problem and, to cap it all, the first wave of the influenza pandemic began to spread throughout the country. In spite of all this, the diary showed a grim resolve to see the war through.

We are grateful to the Stephen Gee Collection for permission to reproduce the William Henry Stott drawings and diary entries.