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September’s Item of the Month: diary kept by G.W. Smith, steward onboard the requistioned RMS AVON

September’s Item of the Month is the diary of an ordinary merchant seaman, steward GW Smith, from 1916.  The RMS ship Avon was requisitioned by the Admiralty for war service and fitted as an armed merchant cruiser and renamed Avoca. Smith and his colleagues were set to work supplying other…