1917 – January 31

The Commissioner Lt. Col. Popham Young who was at Sandhurst with me invited me to stay, so I left the tents and went over – would have been far happier left on my own in tents. There are 10 Generals in this class, W. Barratt, Peterson, myself, Dyer, Luard, Crocker, Eustace, Watson, Bruce and Isacke.

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1917 – January 17

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Brigade Staff Tour under Division to Jalozai – interesting, and nice weather. No rain and everything very dry and dusty. Daisie was rather badly bitten by Velia [presumably a pet dog?] on the 7th, and should have gone to Kasauli, but wouldn’t. There was a mad-dog in the compound the day before and of course I feel anxious. Her hand festered, but seems all right now. Velia also snapped Susanna yesterday, not badly.

1917 – January 4

Col. Ewart is now promoted Major General and this brings me on to the list of paid A.D.C.s*, for which I am duly grateful, and hope I may now at last begin to pay off my debt of £2000. My income is now £2090 a year and Daisie has her own £100 for her dresses. On January 1st, Daisie’s birthday, Susanna had a very fine fancy dress party of all the children here, about 40, and we also dressed up, Daisie as a Swedish peasant, Miss Durrell Dutch, and I in my beautiful uniform of Chasseurs à pied, which I got while I was in France last year.

* Aides-de-camp