1917 – July 11

It has been unbearably hot and life not worth living. Prickly heat very bad. A storm coming on now may cool us. Soldiers’ Home going very well, I give them an address to-morrow.

I really cannot do any more hot weathers – I have done so since 1884, and no nice billets in the hills, one stands them less well as time goes on. Pigeons and rabbits and gardening keep Daisie fit and busy but she looks forward to seeing Susanna in August. Her 6th birthday is on Saturday.


1917 – March 8

The great Fête in Mrs. Blakeway’s garden for the Red Cross. Daisie has a stall of home produce, helped by Miss Durell, and Susanna dances with the lot of other pretty little girls – she enjoys it immensely. To-morrow she goes to the Longdens at Kohat for a week. I am out bivouacking to-morrow taking the 2/6 Devons for their test.

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 Durell Dutch, and I in my beautiful uniform of Chasseurs à pied, which I got while I was in France last year.

* Aides-de-camp