We seem to have done very well at the front at Neuve Chapelle N. of La Bassée, a very important move which almost turns the impregnable La Bassée and tends to release Lille which we want very much. [pencilled note in margin: “Failure”] I went over to Sotteville to see some of the trains of German prisoners going through – they seem well fed well clothed and delighted to be prisoners – getting quite warm and springlike, walked with Fernie, strawberries and Veronica out.
Delightful surprise Fernie brought Daisie up from Havre.
Daisie left by the 5 p.m. express for Paris, where she will meet Dollie [one of Daisie’s two sisters]. There is a chance of her getting hospital work here at last with a Mrs. Gardner – on Dec. 28th. Am dining to-night with Fernie where I shall meet Mrs. G. and talk it over. It has been a rainy week. The war drags on, the only bright spot being our sinking of the small but good German squadron off the Falkland Islands. One has hardly any hopes of anything dramatic It is just a question of who fires first. There is no doubt of eventual victory for us but when? I have always said the active war would end on May 15th, we shall see.
Went to Church with Fernie in the evening – A solitary dinner.
Left in car at 6 a.m. Ward, Fernie and myself – a beautiful drive. We did the 70 miles in 2 hours. Reported at H.Q. I left at 4 p.m. with a train of supplies to take to the Regulating Station, thence to Rail Head and distribute. Reached Creil about midnight and then on to Compiègne.