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Jonathan Betts

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568025

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568025.001.0001

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The War, a Breakdown, and Marriage 1914–1920

The War, a Breakdown, and Marriage 1914–1920

(p.57) 3 The War, a Breakdown, and Marriage 1914–1920
Time Restored

Jonathan Betts

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a description of Rupert's role as a Navigating Officer aboard the Achates, which was tasked with patrolling the Irish Sea. An annotation in Rupert's 1913 diary, dated 23 May 1914, recorded that the ship was at Ballycastle, off the coast of Northern Ireland. From a remark he made in one of his later books, it is known that on 20 June he had ‘the doubtful pleasure’, as he described it, of navigating Achates at 30 knots (full speed for the ship) through the north end of Jura Sound off the south west coast of Scotland. However, a few days later, towards the end of June, Rupert began to show the signs of mental health problems, the final result of which was to permanently change the course of his life. The chapter then discusses Rupert's severe depression, his engagement to Muriel Estall, his new job at the Hydrographic Department, and his marriage.

Keywords:   Rupert Gould, navigating officer, mental health problems, marriage, depression

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