Daisie turned up all right on Friday, and it was nice to have her back. The Deaconess has been staying a couple of days with us.
Had out the Flying Column with Mechanical Transport as an experiment, worked very well.
3 armoured cars at the head of the procession and 25 cars carrying 700 men. I am arranging to pull one of the Howitzers out next time – a 60 pounder.
When I left Westward Ho, 33 years ago, the motto of the School was “Fear God and Honour the King”. To-day I am honoured by God and by the King. In the morning at parade service, I was admitted as a Diocesan Lay Reader – a trying ceremony in front of the whole congregation, and a heavy and fearful responsibility from which I shrink, but which God will give me strength to bear.
Both boys write cheerfully from their schools and seem to be doing well. I hope and think that Leo will do well at Haileybury. He does not seem to be brilliant and his reports are bad, but he has depth of character and I am not afraid of his success in the end.
There has been rain elsewhere and it is cooler. Daisie left by the 8.38 a.m. train to Murree to see her beloved Susanna, I hope she’ll have a good journey, but one is always anxious.
We keep our tails up in spite of the heat. A small race meeting to-day and very good racing.
Not very hot and we are both fit. A few carnations still in the garden. I have just returned from Simla where I went to be invested – glad to have it over, functions are unnerving. Daisie went to Cherat for the 4 days to stay with the Tarvers. I left on June 28th, very hot travelling, arrived Simla 29th, lunch time, staying with Sir Beauchamp Duff, Commander-in-Chief – it was nice and comfortable at Snowdon. The investiture went off well. Mrs. Scott (wife of Col. Tommy Scott, Mil Secretary)* gave us a rehearsal the night before and we learnt how to make our bows and how many bows to make and how to walk backwards without tripping up over our spurs.
We dined at Viceregal Lodge, about 50 of us, and after dinner about 100 big wigs came in to see us invested so we had plenty of spectators. Mrs. Scott said we were a credit to her. I took into dinner Viscountess Errington and was very pleased to have the smartest and prettiest woman in the room. We talked so much I got no dinner. She was a daughter of Lord Minto, so knew her way about pretty well. Called on the Bishop who is going to make me a lay-reader. Arrived here Sunday evening, Daisie arrived Monday morning from Cherat by motor car.
* The Military Secretary for the India Office at this time is listed as General Sir Edmund Barrow, not as Colonel Tommy Scott. I have researched Scott but cannot identify any Colonel of that name, or of that name who served in the Indian Army at the correct time.