Susanna and Miss Key arrived from Murree by the early morning train and brought with them the wonderful news of:
P E A C E A T L A S T !
and this GREATEST WAR is over.
We are so accustomed to war in this fifth year that we can hardly believe the news.
Meantime I have been more or less forgiven and am to have command of a new Brigade at Agra – but I do not believe now that the war is over that they will ever want any new Brigades. Susanna and Miss Key are staying with the Bomfords and we go over there also in a few days.
We celebrated Peace at the Club with a Champagne dinner party with the Rennies.
Sailed at 5.30 a.m. Hot. With my face set the other way time always seemed to fly – with my face set towards Daisie in Bombay every second seems like a year and the five next days like 5 life times. A quaint Captain commanding the Egra – Captain Carré* from Guernsey, a tiny man, very religious, who says Grace before meals. The officers on board are simply “terrors”, truly we have reached absolute bed-rock – there is honestly not one of them who would have been selected before the War for a lance-corporal’s stripe. War news is still splendid – we progressing everywhere and Germany plaintively bleating for Peace.
* Carré appears to be the author of this book published in the 1930s.
Took the service in the dear little old Church. The Germans have beaten the record in sinking the Lusitania with 2000 people on board, 1500 drowned.
No orders yet. Daisie came up on Wednesday evening and will not return till Sunday evening, a goodbye visit. The War goes well. The new move in the Dardanelles is working very well and it looks as if our fleet would soon get through. This action is forcing the Balkan neutrals to make up their minds. Roumania, Bulgaria, Greece are all wondering what to do, also Italy. Meantime Germany’s mad-dog behaviour at Sea is worrying America, Norway, Sweden and Holland, what a splendid war it is!
A lull in the War. So far the Germans are not through Liège and they expected to be in Paris by the end of this month. I can get no employment so far, but still hope. No news of our troops and we don’t even know if they have left England, but I expect they are fighting now on the Belgian left and we shall soon hear. We want Naval news. After drinking toasts in their board-rooms for the last 10 years “To the Day” meaning the day of this great fight between our navies, they now rather wish they were out of it. At any rate they are blockaded and we keep the Seas clear.
Nothing much doing so far in the War. The Germans have been defeated at Liège. No Naval news yet.
Germany declared WAR on France and Russia and I do not know why we are hesitating.
Note: for an understanding of the buildup towards war in Europe, you may find it helpful to read this timeline.
Here is a video from British Pathé showing French troops mobilising.