It all sounds very gay, but it is not gay. These dinner-parties are “functions”, necessary and regrettable. I was in Cherat all day yesterday, dinner party at night. To-day we dine with the Chief Commissioner. Friday we have another dinner-party, Saturday Tennis party, mean-time Daisie has endless Red X work and the Mothers’ Union and the ‘Our Day’ work. I am to be allowed at last to wear the American War Medal I got from General Chaffee in China 1900*. Terribly shocked to hear of the death of Orlando Gunning, so sad for his wife and children, and such a good fellow and fine soldier.
* awarded in the Boxer Rebellion. If anyone has any details about what type of medal this would have been likely to be, I would be delighted to hear.
And so our Cherat trip is over and I am not sorry. I certainly thank God that He brought us here for those 15 days, when my boils were about to spring on me – I should have died down below. I am still very sick and get little sleep at night, but I suppose things are improving. In Murree I am to be injected with some sort of anti-boil stuff. We leave here to-morrow 7 a.m. spend the day packing and perspiring in Peshawar, leave by the night mail, arrive Pindi 6 a.m. arriving by motor in Murree at 9 a.m. if all goes well.
Left Peshawar 7 a.m. in motor-car and arrived Cherat in the clouds at 9. a.m. Such delicious breeze – it was like heaven to tear off ones clothes and lie on ones bed with the howling gale blowing over one and blowing away the vile prickly heat.
Heat is appalling. I was very pleased to get a note saying that Sir Frederick Campbell was taking 15 days’ leave and I was to command the Division in his absence, so this agony ends on the 31st, when we go to Cherat – I really do not feel as if I could have survived much longer down here and even Daisie had begun to groan, to acquire a thirst, and to get prickly heat – things she has never done before in her life.
Left Cherat in motor, caught 2 p.m. train from Pabbi arrived Peshawar 5 p.m., not too hot and glad to be home – Daisie wanted to get back to her rabbits and pigeons. But we enjoyed Cherat very much.
To Cherat to stay with the Divisional General, Sir Frederick and Lady Campbell. Train to Pabbi 7.45 a.m. Motor from Pabbi to Cherat 23 miles – arrived about 10 and had a good breakfast. Charmed with Cherat, cool and a perpetual breeze, only trees are olive and acacias – looks very healthy.
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.