Returned from Steenwerck just south of Ypres.
Took a supply train to the front with Cazalet to see how things were working.
We are not to be abolished after all.
I am abolished, so I have a happy peaceful day with Daisie, my first day off since a very long time. Beautiful weather, but frightfully cold. I have been 3 days in bed with influenza and fever and now Daisie has it. Major Fernie came to tea. I don’t know what is to become of me and don’t really believe they mean to abolish me, but I have no orders.
Four of my old gentlemen have been sent home as useless – Arbuthnot, Timmins, Baring and Greville, a good riddance! I feel I ought to be abolished soon as I do not get a full day’s work at this job. The fleas are awful and the bugs! Poor Daisie, she must love me very much to remain here. The War drags on, one despairs of news although we never doubt as to the glorious end, but never has a great war been so devoid of news or dramatic episodes or striking victories. Thank goodness that clever but wicked little Emden has been caught at last.
18th anniversary of the famous Wedding Day. What luck to be together at such an awful time too. It seems unfair to have so much while others have so little. Knightley* has just lost his eldest son, Graham**, in the Devons, such a fine, splendid fellow. We moved in here on Friday, 32 Rue Clément Marical [Le Havre], nice big, clean, bedroom, but, alas, full of fleas which drive Daisie mad, also the whole house simply reeks of cooking and no ventilation.
*Knightley Stalker Dunsterville, CB (25 Jan 1857 – 08 Jan 1935). Stalky and Knightley were cousins, both sharing James Henderson Dunsterville (b. 1788) as a grandfather.
**Graham Eardley Dunsterville (09 Jul 1884 – 30 Oct 1914), second son of Knightley
A happy day in Rouen which is very beautiful.