Thanks for the welcome! I am in Sydney Oz where my g-dau was born 17th April & managed to attend the sunset ceremony at the Cenotaph, wearing JEL's medals - free transport! Normally I am in London - unless I'm off abroad in my 1927 R-R (usually with a caravan). The avatar is at the summit of the Julier Pass in Switzerland on my way back from doing wedding duties for No2 son in Italy in 2009.
When my parents moved in 1988 after 36 years I found a box with hundreds of old unused postcards from most of the world as well as numerous old photos I had never seen. I had a few photos before, such as the crew of Manica.
Here is a pic of GPa S Lt John Edward Loveluck taken April/May 1915 and annotated after news of the birth of my mother on 14 May 1915.
It was not all doom and gloom in the war. There was time for "mateship":
This pic of the Manica Officers shows one such time. JEL is 4th from right with a pipe, Lt DH Metcalfe is in the dark suit on the right, the 3rd from right looks like Bradley and the scary one on the left looks like the engineer! Note the record player - & what is the pump? Drinking water?
From the internet I got this small copy of the program for a Xmas show on the Manica in 1916. I'll try & find any ref in the logs.
Must have boosted morale. The officers don't seem to have had parts, but Biddulph was the surgeon. There is more about him on www.
I tried the preview to see if the pics are in the right place, but they are not shown. Nor can I find details of how to add pics. I have read the insructions & tried again, but there is no button Post
& clicking on the Insert image icon just marks the place!
I have now managed to add the pics, but they are just at the bottom & need clicking on to see.