1919 – London, Netley, Isle of Wight, Brussels

1919 Diary

In 1919, Edward is 43 years old, Kate is 40 years old and Alys is 35 years old. Eva is 8 years old and Philip is 5 years old (Alys and Dennis’ daughter and son).

Wednesday 1st January 1919

Rain. Wind.
To Aldwych. Cold better. Met Ginx. Very busy all day. Lunch at New Court with Polly and Lucy Brewtnall. Busy p.m. too. Very wet night and windy. Walked to Eustace Miles Restaurant. Had supper there. Home by No 11. Took nails out of boots. To bed 9.30.

Thursday 2nd January 1919

Very fine, sunny, windy.
Sore throat. To Aldwych, felt rather ill. Busy. Had lunch in Office (Gurney). Home to supper, after very busy day. Unwell.

Friday 3rd January 1919

Saw Lucy Brewtnall off to Paddington. To Aldwych. Felt seedy and bad cough and cold. Lunch at Club. Talked to Mrs Passingham. Set to with Mr Woolf about coming tomorrow. Home to supper.

Saturday 4th January 1919

Stayed indoors all day, as cold and cough so bad. Sewed sleeves of black jumper. To bed 9.30.

Dine Baxter’s 7.30 Friday 3rd

Sunday 5th January 1919

Dull, rain.
Stayed indoors all day again. Polly called in a.m. Rested in p.m. (to save gas, as no more pennies!) Sewed Jaeger dressing-gown. To bed 9. Wrote letter to Tante.

Monday 6th January 1919

Fineish then dull.
Up 7.30. To Aldwych via dairy, and Sainsbury’s. Did new cases with Roxburgh. Madame Roefs called. Lunch at Club. Felt shivery and rotten. Back via 6 Elm Park Road to call for Alys and Eva who came to stay with me for 3 days.

Tuesday 7th January 1919

To Aldwych. Still felt rotten – aspirin and Alys and Eva to Thew for Eva’s teeth. Lunch at Club. Felt a little better. To Bank. Very busy all day, and very tired. Alys came for me at 6. Back by bus. To bed about 9.30.

Wednesday 8th January 1919

To Aldwych via Sainsbury’s. Felt even worse than usual all day – shivery and hot. Lunch indoors. Kit ‘phoned. Frightfully busy with new cases. Campbell up and talked. When got home had temperature 100 degrees. So to bed. Alys and Eva arraned to stay on. Temp 101 at 9 p.m.

Thursday 9th January 1919

Stayed in bed all day. Normal temp! Waited on by Alys. Lovely rest. Felt very tired.

Friday 10th January 1919

In bed all day. Lovey and restful. Just sat in sitting-room for tea and supper. Had hot bath. Eva read aloud to me.

Saturday 11th January 1919

Got up; Alys to town to buys shoes. Aunt Alice in, and also Mrs Leggett with fruit!!! Quiet p.m. Felt frightfully tired.

Sent letter to Tante – 6th

Sunday 12th January 1919

Indoors all day but up. Dorothy Barnard in a.m. Alys and Eva to Battersea Park Alys to Fred Barnard’s (Aunt Alice) after tea, and Eva read to me “Graciosa and Percinet”.

Graciosa and Percinet, a French literary fairy tale by Madame d’Aulnoy

Monday 13th January 1919

Very foggy and dark.
Up at 7.30 and goodbye to Alys and Eva (who away to Netley later). I to Aldwych. Managed to get thro’ work. Had lunch in, Mr Woolf with me! Left at 5. Quiet evening. Finished “The Man from the Clouds”. Storer Clouston. To bed 9.30. Read till 9 p.m.

Tuesday 14th January 1919

Mild, showery.
To Aldwych, via dairy. Felt a little better. Very busy day. 129 cases. Lunch in (Gurney) fish. Busy all day. Mr Baxter away 4.30. I stayed till 6 and then had supper at Eustace Miles Restaurant. Rainy night. Mild. Home and did accounts.

Wednesday 15th January 1919

Showery. Mild.
To Aldwych. Miss Hill away till lunch; not well. I did her cases and interviewed Boulanger, who died suddenly in my arms. Police. Lunch at Carr’s with Mrs Bonner. Fairly busy p.m. To Bonner’s to dinner 7.30. Nice evening. Home before 10.

Thursday 16th January 1919

Cooler and finer.
To Aldwych. Took washing to 6 Elm Park Road. Late, as buses full. Not too busy. Lunch at Club. Saw Madame Boulanger and little boy. Back via Finchley Road. No 13 and dined at Miles’es. Talked about Wade. Home at nearly 10. To bed.

Friday 17th January 1919

Colder. Fine. Dry.
To Aldwych. Very hectic day. All sorts of queries. Lunch with Mr Woolf, Mrs Bonner, Madame De Jongh, Mrs Jennings, Miss Hill at Temple Bar Restaurant. Amusing. Home via 6 Elm Park Road, where I had supper with Aunt Alice and Dorothy. Talked. Home at 10.

Saturday 18th January 1919

To Aldwych. Not very busy. Lunch at Club and then to Queens Road, Bayswater and to search for Mrs Geo. Hopkins at 54 Gloucester Gardens (for Aunt Bella). Home. Rested 3 till 4. To tea at the Leggett’s. Nice. Home. Omelette.

Sunday 19th January 1919

Foggy, then fine.
Busy a.m. Washed blouse and brush and mended things. In p.m. read “Observer” and got tea ready. Expected Favresse, who didn’t come, but Miss Guerin came (Australian girl, met at Eagle Hut). Took her to 31 bus at 6.50. Supper. Wrote E.P.D. (Uncle Doc) and Smith.

Monday 20th January 1919

Rain, cold.
To Aldwych. Mr Roxburgh there. Then to see Favresse off to Brussels at 11. Charing Cross. Lunch at Club. Not busy in p.m. Wrote Alys. Home, via Lyons, then to train, but no district trains running. By No 14. Made Welsh Rarebit. Quite good. Read “The Cardinal’s Snuff-box” (Henry Harland). To bed 9.

Tuesday 21st January 1919

Damp. Rain.
To Aldwych, via Kardomah. Not busy day. Lunch at Club. Renewals all p.m. Stayed till 6.15. Back via No 14 in rain. Did cheese and cook’s eggs. Nice.

Wednesday 22nd January 1919

Finer, colder.
To Aldwych, via Sainsbury’s. F.F.B. in “Willis Committee”. So I very busy. Lunch at Club. Posted sausage 3/10 to Alys. Boots to be soled. Refugee 187 cases. Record! Home by 6.30 via National Kitchen. Baked mince. Very good. Read in evening. To bed 9.

Thursday 23rd January 1919

Dry. Fine. Cold.
To Aldwych, via Barnard’s with washing. Plenty to do. Lunch at Club with Scott. Fuss with manageress. Not busy in p.m. Wrote Tante. Home 6.45 and cooked cheese sauce for fish and stale-cake pudding with treacle – very good supper. Read. To bed 9.10.

Friday 24th January 1919

Dull. Cold.
To Aldwych via dairy and walked Sloane Square for dress preservers. Pretty busy. Lunch with Miss Guerin at New Court. Then to Australia House with her. Home at 6.15 and dressed. To Baxter’s 8.30 to dinner. Colonel Balfour took me in. Sir Laurence Halsey. K.B.E. there and took 31 bus home with me at 10.30.

Saturday 25th January 1919

Cold. Dull.
To Aldwych, via Sainsbury’s. Wrote to Miss E Folkes, 14 Bedord Square, Brighton about Mrs Hopkins. Wrote Aunt Bella. Lunch at Club. Home. Read and rested over fire. Out again to 1 West Cromwell Road, tea with Miss D Scott Owen. Lacquer work. Home. Quiet evening at 6 Elm Park Road till 10.

Letter to E.P.D. – 20th.
Letter from Tante – 22nd
Letter to Tante – 23rd

Sunday 26th January 1919

Dull. Damp.
Not out all day. Very busy, washing best tea-set and silver tea-pot. Polishing and dusting. Washed vest, too. Read a little. Miss Hill (Ruby) to tea, not her mother. Very interesting about “Trevvie” Hall and Captain Cromie in Petrograd (British spy in Russia), Left at 6.30. Read in evening. Washed up.

Monday 27th January 1919

Cooler, dull. Rain in p.m.
To Aldwych. F.F.B. late, not well. Woolf said not staying on! Mr Roxburgh 11 till 12.30. Lunch at Club. Wrote to Alys. F.F.B. home to lunch and not back to office. Stayed till 5.50. Home via Earl’s Court and National Kitchen in pouring rain. Supper, made chocolate shape. Read.

Tuesday 28th January 1919

Dull. Cold.
To Aldwych, via South Kensington. Very crowded. Coat caught in gate. Not busy. Lunch at Club. To General Post Office to change Tante’s Postal order 10/0. Back. Tea. Home at 6.45. Poached egg. Felt sick. To bed 9. Very sick till 1 or 2 in the morning. Slept then, till 6 a.m.

Wednesday 29th January 1919

Not up. Temp 99.4. Bread and milk. Down to phone Mr Baxter from No 67. Back to bed. Slept nearly all day. Bovril at 3.p.m. Hot milk at 8. Nearly normal. Good night (probably ill from shock on tube, Tuesday a.m.).

Thursday 30th January 1919

Cold. Dull.
Tea and toast for breakfast. To Aldwych via 6 Elm Park Road, with washing. Not too busy. Lunch at Club, fish and milk pudding. To Smith’s. Stayed til 6 at Aldywch. Home via South Kensington. Bought plaice and boiled fillets for supper. Read “Lord John in New York”.

lord john

Friday 31st January 1919

Snow flurries.
To Aldwych, by tube. H.A.L. at Holborn. Felt faint all a.m. Smelling salts. Gurney lunch in office, and read Nash’s. Unwell. Felt better in p.m, Home by train – South Kensington. Supper (kipper).To 6 Elm Park Road 8 till 9.30. Frosty night. Bracing. To bed.

Saturday 1st February 1919

Snowy, dull.
To Aldwych, via dairy and Sainsbury’s. Not busy. Lunch at Club. To Bank first. To Golders Green. To see Roefs. Long talk, then to Aunt Louie’s. Mrs Phillips there. Nelly out. Home. Quiet evening, reading.

1st Letter from Busy.
Put 16.50 W.R.C.
26.50 E.B. (Edward Barnard) in Bank.

Strike Week – Tubes

Sunday 2nd February 1919

Dull, cold.
Washed brush. To Aunt Alice’s at 12. Mrs Falcon there. Stayed to lunch. Home. Did table-napkin and made potato soup and pudding. Read all evening and wrote Mrs Leggett. To bed 9.15.

Monday 3rd February 1919

Cold. Dark.
To Aldwych. Tube strike. Not busy. Mr Roxburgh came. Lunch at Club. To Somerset House to see Mrs Hopkins’ Will and get her death certificate for Aunt Bella. Away at 5 (as tube strike). Home via Earl’s Court to leave book at Mrs Leggett’s. Tore up letters and read till 9.45.

Tuesday 4th February 1919

Cold, dry.

To Aldwych, walked to Piccadilly, then got bus. Strikes on Tube and District railway. Wrote Busy. Every one late. Lunch at Club. F.F.B. not back in p.m. so I had a good deal to do. Left at 5 and walked all the way home, nearly 4 miles! No other way available!

Wednesday 5th February 1919

Snow, sleet, etc.
Walked to Piccadilly. No 9 to Aldwych. Still Strike. Bought candles. Not too busy. Wrote Aunt Bella and sent her certificate. Lunch at Club. Slush. Fairly busy p.m. Most of staff taken home by private motor-bus. Fun. Walked from South Kensington. Supper with Doz. Home 10.45. Letter from Tante. Aunt Alice and Dorothy to Miss Sargent’s.

Thursday 6th February 1919

Dull, dry.
Walked to Coleherne Court. There got private bus. Mr Leggett, Mr Campbell, etc, called for. To Aldwych. F.F.B. didn’t come at all. Lunch at Club. Very busy p.m., as alone. Home by private bus to Earl’s Court. To National Kitchen. Walked home. To 6 Elm Park Road with washing. Read “Mollmeit” Cynthia Stockley. To bed 9.30.

Friday 7th February 1919

Fine. Windy.
Walked via dairy to Coleherne. No bus so walked on to Piccadilly. “our’ Bus picked me up there. Busy day. F.F.B. still away, ill. Lunch at Club. Busy all p.m. Mertian away to Ostend. Home by private bus to Earls Court. To National Kitchen. Supper. Read. To bed 9.

Saturday 8th February 1919

Fine. Very cold. Hard frost.
Walked to Earl’s Court. Private bus to Aldwych. Not too busy. F.F.B. still away. Walked home, via Kardomah, where had light lunch. Mr and Mrs Leggett to tea! Very nice indeed. Washed up and to Aunt Alice’s after supper, till 10 o’clock. Home. Fire in bedroom.

Leggetts to tea 8th.
Letter from Tante – 5th.

Sunday 9th February 1919

Lovely day.
Up late. Hot bath but pipes frozen. Out with Doz by Battersea Park and Embankment. Lunch at home. Read and then read and tore up lots of old letters. Feschen. Wrote Tante. Finished “Wild Honey”. Cynthia Stockley. To bed 9.10.

Monday 10th February 1919

Fine, windy, dusty.
Up 7.25. Walked to Bond Street. Private bus to Aldwych. F.F.B came back. Miss Guerin came and took me to lunch – Temple Tea Rooms. Not very busy. F.F. B. away at 4. I tired to get train, but too crowded. Walked to Ritz. Bus 96 from there home. Muff! Wrote Mrs Leggett.

Tuesday 11th February 1919

Foggy, then sunny. Frost.
To Aldwych. Walked to Bond Street. Bus on. Not very busy (bought nutmeg grater). Lunch at Club. Busy in p.m. 100 cases through. Wrote Alys and to Doris, with 20/- for wedding present. Home by train and South Kensington at 6.15. Walked from there home. Muff! Wrote Mrs Leggett.

Wednesday 12th February 1919

Foggy, then sunny.
To Aldwych. Walked all the way, in 1 hour ¼. Rather difficult; worrying day for F.F.B. and me. Campbell bullying. Peto and Willis Conference. Lunch at Club. Busy all p.m. Home 6 via 86 bus. Cooked spaghetti and cheese for supper. To 6 Elm Park Road with washing. Ginx there.

Thursday 13th February 1919

Foggy. Frost.
To Aldwych. Walked all the way in 1 hour and 10 minutes. Not busy. Lunch at Club. Only 51 cases through. Home at 6 by train.

Friday 14th February 1919

Foggy. Dark. Then finer and mild.
To Aldwych. Walked all the way. Not very busy. Lunch at Club (pork!). Back. Read. Home by 96 busy. Shopped in near shops Read. Cooked haddock. To bed.

Saturday 15th February 1919

To Aldwych, via dairy and Sainbsury’s. F.F.B. not there. Not too busy, but Miss Wade down several times. Varenne and Derboven to say goodbye. Other posts. Home. Nice quiet afternoon. Evening at Aunt Alice’s till 10 o’clock.

Posted letter to Tante about Cape Cod – 11th.

Sunday 16th February 1919

Dull, pouring rain.
Washed vest and blouse and did ironing. Very busy with grey cloak and also altering evening dress neck. At 4 o’clock to F.F.B’s studio to M. Rosier’s show. After to tea at the Baxter’s. Two Red Indians there. Longlance (Cherokee) and Pierce (Seneca). Very interesting. Also many other. Lady Roberts and 2 sons and 2 A.S. Officers. Alys and Dennis arrived at my room at 11.20. Slept the night.

Monday 17th February 1919

Rain. Mild.
Breakfast. To Aldywch via Sainsbury’s. Pretty busy, cases. Lunch at Court Tea Rooms with Guerin, who in to tell me about wedding. Home. Shopped, beer, with Dennis and Alys. Nice supper at home and cosy evening. But later Dennis and Alys both upset – diarrhoea. Bad night for them.

Tuesday 18th February 1919

Wet and cold.
To Aldwych. Left Alys and Dennis in bed on floor. Very busy day. 97 cases. Wade came. Took her to lunch at New Court. Then arranged with Barsdorf’s for her to go to his mother at Knightsbridge Hotel. To Waterloo and dined with Alys and Dennis. Saw them off 7 o’clock. Home. Read. To bed 9.20.

Wednesday 19th February 1919

Cold, dull, dry.
To Aldywch. Walked to Piccadilly. F.F.B. in Committee. Willis. Lunch at Club. 81 cases, but not too busy. Home by 96 bus. Soup and baked egg; No milk left. Finished lining evening cloak. Sewed all evening. To bed 9.35.

Thursday 20th February 1919

Rain. Milder.
Took washing to Elm Park Road. Tube to Aldwych. Fairly busy. 70 cases. Had “nose-bag” in office. Read. Stayed till 6.15. Home by 96 all the way. Made lovely omelette for supper. Then made potato and milk soup. “Ideal” milk. Read. To bed 9.10. Awake 2 or 3 hours in night. No reason.

Friday 21st February 1919

Mild. Damp.
To Aldwych on 14. Walked from Piccadilly Circus. Not at all busy. Lunch at Club Talked in p.m. Wrote Alys. Home by 96. Quiet evening, sewed new belt into black pleated skirt. Read. To bed 9.45. Tried on evening dress, gloves. Wade to Bardsorf’s.

Saturday 22nd February 1919

To Aldwych. Not very busy. 33 cases. F.F.B. away to Brighton for Ford car. Home to lunch. Quiet p.m. sewing. Tea. Dressed in evening dress. To Criterion Restaurant at 7. Met Mr and Mrs Baxter and Captain Scott-Moncrieff. To “English-speaking Union” dinner. Churchill and Davis, U.S. Ambassador spoke. McEwan next to me. On in car to Savoy. U.S.N. dance. Hills there. Home at 12.

With Baxter’s to Anglo-American dinner 22nd.
Criterion 7 o’clock.
Potato salad 2/-
Letter from Aunt Bella – 18th
Wade to Knightsbridge – Friday.

Sunday 23rd February 1919

Quiet day. Put new silk on Mrs Leggett’s muff. To dinner 1 o’clock at Barnard’s. Back. Read. Wade came and told about being at Mrs Barsdorf’s at Knightsbridge Hotel. Sorted out French books. Tired. To bed 8.45.

Monday 24th February 1919

Letter from E.P.D. To Aldwych. Walked from Dover Street. Not busy. Lunch at Club. Typed to Tante. Quiet p.m. 58 cases. Stayed till 5.50. H.A.L. in doing cases. Home via South Kensington. Read in evening “The Pretty Lady” Arnold Bennett (rotten). To bed 9.15.

Tuesday 25th February 1919

Colder. Dry.
Walked all the way to Aldwych Not too busy. Lunch at Club – 9d. A good deal to do later on. F.F.B. away at 5. I away 6.15. To Aunt Alice’s to supper Miss Wedgwood there. Doz out.

Wednesday 26th February 1919

Dull. Rain all p.m.
To Aldwych by 96. Not busy. F.F.B. in Committee with Willis. I had lunch at J.P Restaurant. Not good. All p. in holiday! Buying handkerchiefs (1 dozen) for Uncle Pierre 35/-. and 1 dozen for Aunt Bella 17/6, and for Dennis 6 15/- and blankets for Aunt Alice’s birthday (£6.6.0 a pair! Single bed size). Home 5.30. To bed 9.

Thursday 27th February 1919

Dull, very cold.
Got butter and took washing to Elm Park Road. To Aldwych. Not too busy. Sandwich lunch and to Bond Street and Selfridge’s (Sundae). Not much work, 68 cases. Stayed on till 6.15. 96 bus home. Quiet evening – macaroni cheese and read. To bed 9. Read “Quaint Companions” Leonard Merrick.

Friday 28th February 1919

Dull, milder.
To Aldwych. Typed letter. Tube via Sainsbury’s and Bank. Paid in £16.19.0. Pretty busy. 76 cases. Lunch in office. Rolls and cheese and then to Canadian War Memorials Exhibition at Academy. Very interesting. Work all p.m. Tea and home at 5.40 via Earl’s Court and National Kitchen. Got supper veg’s. To bed 9.20.

canadian war

Saturday 1st March 1919

Sunny. Cold.
To see Aunt Alice; her birthday. To Aldwych via Temple. Busy. No F.F.B. Lunch at Club. To Buszard’s and Stewart’s for cakes. Met Susie Zileri at Hammersmith. Together to see “Abraham Lincoln” Drinkwater. Back to tea at Susie’s. Stayed till nearly 7.30.


Letter from Uncle Doc – Monday.
Letter to Tante 27th.
Letter to Uncle Doc – 28th.
Go to Uncle Sam or Lincoln with Tante’s money.
Blanket for A.B?

Sunday 2nd March 1919

Fine. Mild.
Unwell. No bath. Up late. All day very busy cleaning, dusting, polishing. At 5.30 Doz came and at 5 Mr and Mrs Baxter, all to tea. Very nice. Washed up, supper. Read. Wrote Miss Grant with 20/- cheque and Lady Godlee. To bed 10.

Monday 3rd March 1919

To Aldwych, via 96. Not very busy. Lunch at Club. To library. Got out “The Man Who Was Good” Leonard Merrick. F.F.B. Away at 3.45. H.A.L. very overwrought in evening. Worrying. Home by 96. Tired and worried, but nice quiet evening reading the Merrick. Very interesting. To bed 9.

Tuesday 4th March 1919

To Aldwych by tube. Not very busy. H.A.L. ‘phoned from L.G.B. about meeting. Lunch at Club. At 2.30. Campbell, Mr Leggett and some P.R.F.’s met and discussed boat 24th March for our cases. Maudslay Memorial given at 5.30. Home. Read “The Man Who Was Good”.

Wednesday 5th March 1919

To Aldwych by tube. Walked from Leicester Square. F.F.B. at Willis Committee. Lunch at Club. Got “Finn, the Wolfhound” by A.J. Dawson from library. Fairly busy p.m. 70 cases. Back in rain, by 96. Read “Finn” – enjoyed it very much. Dog shows.

Thursday 6th March 1919

Fine, sunny.
Became member of “English Speaking Union”[1]. To Aldwych. Walked to Hyde Park Corner and from Charing Cross. F.F.B. here and then he left for country. Busy with repatriation cases. Bedford, fair youth. Lunch at Club. 53 cases. Not too busy. Home via Elm Park Road. Stayed till 7.15. Home. Cooked spaghetti cheese. Read “Finn” Lovely. To bed 9.20.

Friday 7th March 1919

Rain, then fine.
To Aldwych, via 30 – Selfridge’s. Bought macaroni. Not busy. No fire. Mild (F.F.B. away all day). Lunch at Club. Anonymous caller about case. 61 cases, so I did about 50 myself. Didn’t feel very well. Tired. Home in rain. Soup and boiled egg. Read till 9 “Finn”. Very sad. Too sad.

Saturday 8th March 1919

To Aldwych via dairy and Sainsbury. F.F.B. came. Not busy. Home to lunch. Corned beef and brawn. Sat by fire all p.m. reading “Finn” and Green’s History and the Landmark. To 6 Elm Park Road after tea. Peter Harrison and “Doss” Palmer in. Home. Quiet evening. Buttered eggs.

£10 cheque to Tades. Ditto to Alice Barnard.
10/6 Lady Godlee

Sunday 9th March 1919

Washed vest. Out with Dorothy, round Battersea Park. Met Mr Tonks. Dinner 1 o’clock with Barnard’s. Home. Polly to tea with me. Alice Barnard and Dorothy Barnard to meet Phil Carr 1st time at Selfridge lot. Finished “Finn”. To bed 10.

Monday 10th March 1919

Dull, windy.
To Aldwych, via Swan and Edgar. Sale. Bought 2 night-gowns. Not at all busy. Lunch at Club. To library. Got “The Custom of the Country” E. Wharton. F.F.B. busy collecting numbers for boat on 24th. Home by 96, on top. Quiet evening reading “Le Médecin malgré lui” Molière[2].

Tuesday 11th March 1919

Dull. Rain. Mild.
To Aldwych via Kardomah for coffee. Tube to Dover Street. Not busy. 52 cases. Lunch at Club. Lists in for “Guildford Castle” on 24th. Home inside 96. Very windy. Wrote Alys. Macaroni cheese 2nd. Read “Les Précieuses ridicules” Molière[3]. To bed 9.20.

Wednesday 12th March 1919

Fine. Showery, mild.
Walked all the way to Aldwych. Not too busy. Mr Willis in and H.A.L. Lunch at Club. Nothing particular happened. F.F.B. home after lunch, as he felt ill. Quiet evening. Reading. Soup.

Thursday 13th March 1919

Posted ½ dozen handkerchiefs to Dennis. To Aldwych. Campbell up about embarkation list, often. Sent it down in p.m. Lunch, sandwich in office. To Peter Robinson to buy nightgowns (Vogue). Home by 96 on top. Quiet evening. Read and tried on nighties. Fire in bedroom.

Friday 14th March 1919

Cold, dull.
Dennis’ birthday. To Aldwych. Not at all busy. 34? Cases. Luncheon party at Waldorf. Farewell to F.F.B – Mr and Mrs Baxter, H.A.L, Miss Moore, Scott-Owen, Rosier – very nice, but sad! He left about 5.30. Worked, and cleared his desk till 6.10. Home. To supper at Barnard’s at 6 Elm Park Road.

Saturday 15th March 1919

To Aldwych, via dairy and Sainsbury. Tube to Piccadilly. Only 5 cases! So not busy, but cleared desk, Lunch at Club. Then to Albert Hall (9), to Natural History Museum to see Champion O’Leary Irish Wolfhound. Gave Albert Hall tickets to 2 U.S. nurses (for Clara Butt concert). Home to tea.

When O’Leary died in 1906 he was stuffed for the Natural History Museum

Sunday 16th March 1919

Dull, cold.
Busy a.m. Washing vest and mending underclothes. After lunch went to South Kensington museums. Science, boats, salmon, Indian, lace, dressed. Home to tea, rather tired. Read. Wrote Ella. Quiet evening. To bed 9.

Monday 17th March 1919

Letter from Wade and Tades (about South African passages). To Aldwych (F.F.B. gone). Changed my desk. Not many cases, but ‘phoning about South Africa and talking to Barsdorfs about Wade, and arranging about refugees on April 3rd. Lunch at Club. Home via 6 Elm Park Road but not in there. Read all evening. To bed 9.30.

Tuesday 18th March 1919

Fine, sunny.
To Aldwych. Walked to South Kensington and from Hyde Park Corner. Very, very busy day. 105 cases. H.A.L. did about 25. I did the rest. Lunch at Club, and got “Three French Moralists”, Gosse, from library. Fuss about Vicker’s cases and referral who couldn’t go on 24th. Tiring worrying day. Home 7.15. To Elm Park Road after supper.

Wednesday 19th March 1919

Rain. Cold.
To Aldwych (tube), not so many cases but Committee (Willis and 8 others and I) at 11 till 12.30. Lunch at Club. Fairly busy all p.m. – 46 cases. Webb about. Gauntlett cases. Home late. 7. Meat pie. Made potato soup. Read about de La Rochefoucauld.

Thursday 20th March 1919

Wet and very cold.
To Aldwych (tube, Gloucester Road), via Sainsbury. Not too busy, but plenty all a.m. Staffordshire forms. De Kemel back. Lunch in office. H.A.L. in and did some cases. Busy with special cabin list till late. No tea. Home at 6.55. Dorothy Barnard with wine from Dennis.

Friday 21st March 1919

Dull, cold.
To Aldwych via dairy and Fortnums for jam. Pretty busy all day. Lunch in office, then hurriedly to Hanan’s for brown shoes £3.3.0 and not very nice, so didn’t get them. Stayed till 6.5. Home via National Kitchen. Supper. Read “Persuasion” (Jane Austen) and Times. To bed 9.20.

Saturday 22nd March 1919

Cold. Snow.
Hot bath. To Aldwych via Elm Park Road where Dennis staying and Sainsbury. Not busy. Lunch in office. Dennis came and the Grumbar’s! To see Guards march by 2 till 4 – over 8,000 (13,000 dead in France). Prince of Wales.

Tea in office. To buy seats for theatre with Dennis Embleton. Dined at Strand Palace Hotel, to see “The Boy”. Very funny. Home. W. Berry. “Sporty Boyce”.

the boy

3 dead men for every 2 living (Guards).

Sunday 23rd March 1919

Very cold. Dull day.
Washed vest and mended stockings. Walked with Doz and Dennis to Mrs Day’s. Lunch at Elm Park Road. Dennis and I to Natural History Museum and Science Museum – 3 till 5. Home to tea with me. Talked. Washed up (Dennis back to Barnard’s). Read “Persuasion” and paper. To bed 9.35.

Monday 24th March 1919

Very cold. Windy.
To Aldwych. Lunch in office. Quiet morning. Out to buy brown shoes – 42/- Walkover’s (after trying 3 other shops!) Very busy and late. In Campbell’s office till 6.45. To Compayne to dinner. Miles Morgan and Elsie there. Nice talk. Jerusalem.

Tuesday 25th March 1919

Cold. Sunny.
To Elm Park Road and saw Dennis again. To Aldwych. Very busy all day. Willis Committee at 11-12. No H.A.L. until evening. 69 cases. Lunch at Club. Busy all p.m. with renewals. Home late. Tired. Very cold. Supper in bedroom, read. To bed 9 o’clock.

Wednesday 26th March 1919

Cold. Sunny.
To Aldwych, via Mrs Sage – 47a Redcliffe Road and Sainsbury’s and Kardomah. Pretty busy. Wrote Alys at lunchtime. Lunch at Club. 54 case all day. Mr Leggett in evening. Left at 6.10. Supper in bedroom. Warmer. Read Gosse on La Bruyère (Caractères) 17th century. To bed 9.35.

Thursday 27th March 1919

Windy. Heavy showers.
Breakfast in bedroom. To Aldwych on 96 all the way. Not many cases. Only 30 all day. Typed a short note to Tante. Lunch in my room. Read. Wrench Wyatt came. Talk with Mrs Passingham. Late, waited for Mr Leggett. Left at 6.40! 96. Home 7.30. Supper in bedroom.

Friday 28th March 1919

Very cold and windy.
To dairy, then Aldwych on 96. Called for shoes. Embarcation forms in. Only 23 cases. Easy day, but had done “12,000” files to see why no forms. Lunch at Club. Home at 7 via Elm Park Road. Till 9.30. Aunt Alice and Dorothy Barnard both with colds.

Saturday 29th March 1919

Snow – 8 inches. Hot sun.
Snow, about 8 inches! To Elm Park Road and Sainsbury, then Aldwych (tube to Piccadilly). Hardly any cases. Lunch at office. To Grosvenor Galleries to see National Portrait Society’s Exhibition. Interesting. Jagger, Munnings. Then tea with Mrs Macindoe (Miss Querin) at Norfolk House, St James’ Square Club for Overseas Officers’ wives. Home.

Norfolk House, 31 St James’s Square, Westminster

Wrote Tante 27th.

Sunday 30th March 1919

Cold. Snow flurries and sun.
Summer Time
Very, very acute stiff-neck? All night, so couldn’t sleep at all. Unwell. Got up 8 o’clock. Too painful to lie down! Washed a few things and sewed. To 6 Elm Park Road. Doz in bed! Polly away at Sopley, so I stayed and helped Alice Barnard. Dinner there and tea. Slept on Polly’s bed in p.m. Home after tea. Read, cooked macaroni cheese, and chocolate. To bed 9.10.

Monday 31st March 1919

Cold. Sunny.
Did washing. Off by 96 to Aldwych. Stiff and tired all day. 51 cases. Lunch at Club. Very busy all p.m. Checking embarcation list; 50 cases very late. Wade to supper and Polly after supper. To bed 10. Letter from Tante.

Tuesday 1st April 1919

Cold. Foggy.
To Aldwych. Still tired, and hard worked. Only 30 cases, but difficult ones. Lunch in office – sausage and brown bread. F.F.B. came in. Mr Leggett in at 5.30; long talk with him and with Mr Campbell about refugees and boats. Home at 9.30 Late supper. To bed 9.5.

Wednesday 2nd April 1919

Sunny, frosty.
To Aldwych. South Kensington to Leicester Square and walked. Busy giving instructions to the interviewers. Lunch at Club. Tired. Wrote Tante on typewriter. Mr Leggett in and very pleased with the lists of case To Aunt Alice’s to dinner (salmon). Mr Steer in evening. Home about 10.

Thursday 3rd April 1919

Very fine and sunny.
To Aldwych. Moved up to 3rd floor, Mr Maudslay’s room, with Miss Hill. Tired. Lunch at A.B.C. and then to Royal Watercolour Society. Private view. Very bad! Anna Alma Tadema gave me the card. Not busy, but tired all day. Mr Leggett and Campbell in late. Posted letter to Tante. Home. Read. To bed 9.10.

Friday 4th April 1919

Warmer. Fine.
To Aldwych, via Hanan’s and Selfridge’s. Managing Committee (Willis, etc) at 11. till 12.40. Holiday Notices and discussed long. Lunch at Club. Typed Lec-Com. Letter from Interviewrs. Very few renewals. Wrote Aunt Bella. Home 6.50. Polly in after supper to talk about Dorothy and Aunt Alice going away.

Saturday 5th April 1919

To Aldwch, via dairy and Elm Park Road. Stuck in lift at Piccadilly. Hardly any work. Home to lunch. Rested, read over fire and then slept on bed till 5. After tea made black dyed jumper with gold lace. Nice. To bed 9.30.

Letter from Tante 31st
Letter from Aunt Bella 29th
Letter to Tante 3rd
Letter to Aunt Bella 4th
Letter to Times 5th

Sunday 6th April 1919

Dull. Mild.
Up very late. Bath. Breakfast 10.30. Mrs Francis away, so did own work. Washed vests. To dinner 1 o’clock at Aunt Alice’s. She and Dorothy go to Netley Inn tomorrow for week. Helped Polly wash up. Home. Finished black and gold jumper. Arranged things for going to Elm Park Road. Read paper.

Monday 7th April 1919

Fine. Mild.
Bad night, couldn’t sleep till past 3. No reason. To Aldwych via dairy and South Kensington. Very little work. Lunch in office, 2 eggs. H.A.L. in. Quiet p.m. Back via No 11 to Victoria then to Sloane Square by train (crammed). Walked to 101 Oakley Street. Then home. Packed suitcase and to 6 Elm Park Road to stay. Phoned to Susie.

Tuesday 8th April 1919

Fine, showery.
Breakfast with Polly. To Aldwych by No 11. Very quiet – 4 cases in a.m. M. Smeesters in to say goodbye and Masson in and “Captain” Abbott, now Secretary of Middle Class Union. Home at 7.10 via 44 Redcliffe Road for letters. Poz out to De Glehn’s for dinner. I had Wade to supper. Talked. To bed 10.

Wednesday 9th April 1919

Fine. Cool.
New servant came. To Aldwych. Mrs Gardiner and De Kemel back. Willis Committee 11. Lunch at Club. Very little work. Back via 44 Redcliffe Road. Letter from Busy (type-written). Back to supper with Poz at Elm Park Road. Read paper. To bed 9.30.

Thursday 10th April 1919

Wet. Cold.
To Aldwych (10!) by tube. Not much work. 25 cases all day. Lunch at Club. Fuss about bill. Quiet p.m. Wrote Dorothy Barnard with cheque for Netley. Home at 8.30. to Elm Park Road. Late, as waited for Mr Leggett. Quiet evening with Polly. To bed 9.45.

Friday 11th April 1919

Much milder, some sun.
To Aldwych. 96 from South Kensington. Not much work. Typed Cabin-List. Lunch at Club. Got “Piccadilly Jim’, Wodehouse, from Smith’s. Not busy all p.m. Home, shopped and took things to 44. To Elm Park Road for clothes and met Ella and Polly. Home to supper. Miss Hobinan in evening.

Saturday 12th April 1919

Rain. Then fine. Mild.
To Aldwych by tube. New brown shoes for 1st time. Mr Baxter in. Rather rushed a.m. Godalming, jaundice case! Lady Hilda Murray in, so late to lunch at Club. On to Leicester Galleries – De Glehn’s Show. After supper, to Elm Park Road and spent evening with Ella and Polly.

“Observer” to Aunt Bella 7th.

Sunday 13th April 1919

Fine. Showery.
Wrote Alys. Washed things; ironed serge skirt, and made new belt to black skirt. Busy till 4, when Ella came and had tea with me. Both out, round Redcliffe Square. Back to supper. Took her to Elm Park Road at 9.20. Back again and cleared up. Laid breakfast and to bed 10.15. Read “Piccadilly Jim”.

Monday 14th April 1919

Very mild. Rain and wind.
To Aldwych via Kardomah for coffee. No work to do. About 4 cases in a.m. Lunch at Buszard’s counter. To Selfridge’s for petersham belting. Bought History of U.S. by Cecil Chesterton and read it all p.m. Only 11 cases all day! Home. Quiet evening, reading. To bed 9 o’clock. Woke 12. Read.

Tuesday 15th April 1919

Showery, cold.
To Elm Park Road. Talked to Aunt Alice. Ella also. To Aldwych. Busy looking up Mientiers’ cases. Ella to lunch at New Court with me. H.A.L. in 2.15. Quiet busy all p.m. H.A.L. has to have sick-leave. To dine at Mrs Styer’s and home by bus at 10.30.

Wednesday 16th April 1919

Cold. Showery.
To Aldwych, via National Kitchen, Chelsea, with basket. 20 cases all day. Lunch at Club. To Bank and then Le Rouget. Éclairs for Ella. H.A.L. in to say goodbye till 28th! Ella ‘phoned, “cold” – not coming. Read “History of U.S”. Very little work. Home by Chelsea, 11, National Kitchen. Read. Over fire. To bed 9.30. Read “Landmark”. Letter from Aunt Bella.

Thursday 17th April 1919

Letter from Tante. To Aldwych, via Elm Park Road and Sainsbury. Tube. Not busy. Lunch at Buszard’s counter and bought éclairs again for Ella. Home 6. To Aunt Alice’s after dinner and Ella played. She had bad cold. Mr Steer in. I stayed till 11 and left with him.

Friday 18th April 1919

Very hot.
Nice day. Up late. Over to Aunt Alice’s to lunch. Ella in bed. In garden after lunch/ Then home and did all sorts of odd things. Lost desk key in evening and to 6 Elm Park Road again.

Saturday 19th April 1919

Very hot indeed.
Up 8.30. Nice a.m. Doz round. To lunch at Aunt Alice’s again and then Doz and I to Haymarket to see “Uncle Sam”. Very good. I had taken seats for Ella, who still in bed. Home.

Styer’s Tuesday evening.
Ella Tuesday lunch
“Uncle Sam” Saturday p.m.
Letter from Tante – April 17th

Sunday 20th April 1919

Much colder. Dull.
Up late. Washed vests. Over to Aunt Alice’s. Out with Doz. Home to dinner (after seeing Ella, still in bed). Busy p.m. laid tea and to Albert Hall, expecting D. Scott Owen but she sent note “flu”. So home and cleared tea. Arranged blue serge skirt. To bed 10.

Monday 21st April 1919

Dull, cool.
Up 8.30. Hot bath. Mended Mrs Leggett’s muff and took it round to her at “Adjutant’s House”, Royal Hospital. Back. Quiet p.m. at home. To Aunt Alice’s after supper. Doz at theatre. Ella in Aunt Alice’s room. I sat with her and sewed straw hat. Home 10.

Tuesday 22nd April 1919

Dull. Cool.
To Aldwych. Not busy. Scott away. No cases to speak of (5 all day!). But busy, trying to type letter to Tante and finding it very difficult. Should I stay more than 6 months or not?? Home via Elm Park Road. Saw Ella (down in drawing-room). Home. Tired.

Wednesday 23rd April 1919

Dull. Cool.
To Elm Park Road at 9.  To Aldwych. Very busy all day with Miss Scott Owen’s cases. Lunch at Club. Interviewed heaps of people, 17,000’s. Home 5.30 by 96. Dressed, dinner and to Australia House to England Speaking Union evening for St George’s Day. Concert, Dance. Trouble with redhaired Miss Croker, whose nose bled! Home 12.50!!!!

Thursday 24th April 1919

Fine. Cold.
Dorothy to Broadway. To Aldwych, via Piccadilly. Mr Willis for 11 o’clock Committee. Showed him 2 cases. Lunch at Club. Not any work to speak of. Home via Chelsea National Kitchen and Elm Park Road. Polly there (Dorothy to Broadway). Home supper. Orlando and Wilson trouble. Read papers in evening.

Friday 25th April 1919

To Aldwych, via Hanan’s and Prestat. No work. But ANZAC DAY and great procession of Australian’s. Prince of Wales and Prince Albert took salute at Australia House. Haig and Birdwood. Exciting. Lunch at Club. To Selfridge’s for hat-shape. Home and to Aunt Alice’s in evening till 9.40. Ella better.

Saturday 26th April 1919

Fine. Showery.
To Aldwych, via Sainsbury. Talked to Susie on ‘phone – about 6 months limit and Fiume. Lunch at Buszard’s counter. Shopped and home. Tidied. Ella to tea, and supper (as it rained). Cooked 2 omelettes. Ella back at 8.30 and I washed up and to bed about 10. I unwell.

St George’s Day 23rd – English Speaking Union 8 p.m.
Sold French plays for 2/-
Letter to Tante – 26th

Sunday 27th April 1919

Blizzard. Very cold and snow.
No bath. Very busy tidying and preparing for Ella. She over (in rain) to spend day. Potato soup. Talked and rested in p.m. Tea – washed up. Heavy blizzard and snow all p.m. and Ella had to go back 8.30 in it. Washed up again and to bed 9.25 after reading some U.S. history.

Monday 28th April 1919

Fine. Very cold.
Out in deep slush and snow to Elm Park Road and then to Aldwych, via Hanan’s. Busy typing list of cases for Van de Kerckhove. Lunch at Club. Mr Leggett back from holiday and in for 15 minutes. 12 cases in p.m. Home by train. Quiet evening, reading history of U.S. till 9.20 and newspaper. To bed 9.20.

Tuesday 29th April 1919

Showery. Very cold.
To Aldwych via Elm Park Road and Kardomah and Fortnum’s. Not much work. Lunch with Mrs Bonner at 78 Ashley Gardens. Wrote to Aunt Bella and “Busy”. Home by 96 which skidded and broke a side-car. Supper at 6 Elm Park Road. Nice evening. Polly and Ella played duets – César Franck.

Wednesday 30th April 1919

Fine. Cold.
To Aldwych via 2nd hand book shops. They refused “Napoleon At Home”. No work to speak of. Lunch at Law Courts with Ella, and round Temple with her. Read “Eminent Victorians” in p.m. and Hill typed précis. Home by 96. Quiet evening. Reading “U.S. History”. To bed 9.20.

Thursday 1st May 1919

Showery. Mild.
To Aldwych, via bookshop and sold Gilman’s Women and Economics and Ganz’ water-colour book for 2/6. No work. To Bank and bought cream cakes. Lunch at Club. Home and prepared for Ella, who to supper and stayed till 10.

Friday 2nd May 1919

Stormy. Showers.
Letter from Uncle Doc. To Aldwych, via shops, and sold 9 French plays for 3/-. Did Income Tax papers all a.m. Lunch at Club. Mr Baxter in at 2. No work; all talked. Parent in to say goobye. She wept. Home and to Elm Park Road to supper. Poz out at theatre. Just Alice Barnard (Aunt Alice) and Ella. Home at 10.

Saturday 3rd May 1919

To Aldwych. No work, but goodbyes. Presentation to Mr Barsdorf – speeches and cheers. Lunch at Club. All p.m. Lovely Victory March of Colonial Troops, round Australia House. Exciting and beautiful. Mrs Moore and the 2 Scott Owens in to see it. Tea at Court tea-rooms. Home. Supper with Aunt Alice and Polly.

Wrote Aunt Bella
Wrote Miss Biswanger
Letter from Uncle Doc – 2nd

May 7th – Peace Forms handed to German Delegate.

Sunday 4th May 1919

Dull. Mild.
Busy mending stockings all a.m. After lunch, to Albert Hall. Clara Butt and Rumford. Australian Private F Goulder sat in other seat. Nice. Fine. Massed bands played “the New Colonial”. To tea at the Baxter’s. Home 7.30.

Monday 5th May 1919

Dull. Mild.
To Aldwych. Read The Times; nothing to do, as Committee really closed. Lunch at Club. The two Scott Owens came in in p.m. and Hill left early. Moore in at 4. Wrote letters to collect for Mrs Gilbert Samuel. Home. Supper. Washed and cleaned silver. To bed 9.45.

Tuesday 6th May 1919

Fine. Warm.
To Aldwych, via Sainsbury. Had photos taken for passport. With Mrs Jennings, and to Australia House about Income Tax claim. No work. Did some embroidery. Home. Hill with me (walked from Victoria). Moore too. To supper with me. To bed 10.30.

Wednesday 7th May 1919

Dull. Cooler.
To Aldwych; 10. Mr Leggett in to say goodbye. Letters from Woolf about Mrs Samuel. Lunch at Club. To Ted’s in Harley Street with passport. Read in p.m. and left at 5. Home. Sewed straw in hat till 7.30. Cold beginning. Took quinine. To bed 10 (wrote Woolf, Keyser and Baxter).

Thursday 8th May 1919

To Aldwych 10.15 via Post Office (sent off jersey, coat and skirt to be cleaned) and Passport Office. In St James’s Park. Wrote to Goodwin, Tulley and Mr Leggett. Lunch at Club. To E.V. Miles with Haunch of Venison papers (sale). Hill out all p.m. Home. Straw hat. To bed . Very sleepy. Read Peace Terms.

Friday 9th May 1919

Fine. Hot. Windy.
Letter from F Goulder! To Aldwych, via Hair Shop and book shop – another 2/- for books. No work. Wrote K. Buchanan, with postal order for 5/-, and Aunt Bella, with certificate (legalised) and Alys about staying on. Lunch at Club and to Selfridge’s for fudge and to Gower Street. Tired. Moore to tea, with sugared cake. Home via Elm Park Road.

Saturday 10th May 1919

Fine. Warm.
Letter from Mr Leggett. To Aldwych, via Sainsbury’s. Handed £5.5.0 to Mr Bassett for Mrs Samuel’s Testimonial. Lunch at Club. Home via Belgian patisserie shop. Rested all p.m. till past 5. Felt very tired (hot weather). Planned and sewed jumper of shot silk. To bed 9.30.

May 7th – Anniversary of Sinking of Lusitania.
Peace Terms handed to German Delegates.

Sunday 11th May 1919

Warm then cooler.Up late. Hot bath. Finished jumper. Washed things. Dorothy in. Over to Elm Park Road to lunch. Home directly after. Prepared tea for D. Scott Owen, who came at about 5. Went at 6.30. Wrote H.A.L. Finished white hat, lining. To bed 10.

Monday 12th May 1919

Dull. Drizzly then fine.
To Aldwych (last week) via Hanan’s. Didn’t do much work. Lunch at Club. Hill in to fetch things. Home and lay on windowseat all evening. Warm and fine. All p.m. at Passport Office. Got it after 1 ½ hours wait. To L.G.B.L. (Local Government Board, London?)

Tuesday 13th May 1919

Very Warm and fine.
To Aldwych, via Brompton Road and bought hat (first new one since 1916). Tried on jumper at Woolands. Wrote Mrs Bonner, and Alys and River Trips (sent 20/-) Quiet p.m. Wrote letters re McLean. Home 5.45. Altered check dress and also black hat. To bed 9. Read till 10.

Wednesday 14th May 1919

Hot. Windy.
To Aldwych (after ironing check dress). Walked to Knightsbridge. No work. Lunch at Club. Typed letters to staff about Meeting on 16th to present Mrs Samuel with gold cigarette case. Home. Tired.

Thursday 15th May 1919

Very fine and very hot.
Hot day. To Aldwych. Filed things. At 11 to Westminster Abbey (ticket). Wonderful Funeral Service of Edith Cavell[1]. Very impressive. Coldstreamers and Chopin. Lunch at St George’s House. To Aldwych. Tea to Consul and Machot (Venesoen). Farewell. To Elm Park Road after supper.

Friday 16th May 1919

Very fine and hot.
To Aldwych. Presentation to Mrs Samuel. Willis did it – very nervous. Lunch at Club. On with Mrs Passingham to Madame Harbour. Bought voile dress. To Queen’s Hall. Heard Monsieur de Laval on Edith Cavell. Very interesting. Back to Aldwych and then home. Found chicken from Wade and asparagus and chocolates from Uncle Doc.

Saturday 17th May 1919

Very fine and hot.
To Aldwych Busy clearing up everything. Left, for LAST TIME at 12.45. To Fuller’s and Rouget for cakes. Lunch at home at 2. To Elm Park Road after. Lovely tea and dance at 32 Sloane Gardens. Mrs Samuel’s Aldwych Tea. Dorothy to supper with me.

Thursday – 4th – Venesoen and Macho tea.
To Hanan’s on 12th
Monday – Fetch passport.

Sunday 18th May 1919

Busy all day, doing odds and ends ready for p.m. At 5 came Ruby Hill and then Dorothy, and at 5.30, Frank Goulder and Dick (Valentine) Finsh. Anzac. Large tea, cigarettes. Very nice. They stayed till 7.45. Washed up and to bed.

Monday 19th May 1919

Holiday! To town. Bought 2 pairs shoes at Hanan’s. On to Smith’s library. Lunch at Club! Back by Peter Jones, and bought grey silk jumper. Rested on bed. Tea. To Elm Park Road. Polly alone. Home. Sewed in evening.

Tuesday 20th May 1919

Fine. Hot.
Over to Elm Park Road. To phone Mr Styer, about Haunch of Venison. Home. Sewed various things. Finished black straw hat and empire petticoat. At 4 to Chelsea Flower Show. Tea at Susie’s. Walked home. To Elm Park Road after supper with chocolates. Steer there and Ginx. Sewed pink jumper.

Wednesday 21st May 1919

Fine. Hot.
To town to buy frock and hats. Got panama and grey hat, and mauve frock and striped frock (Selfridge’s). Lunch at Baber’s, Jermyn Street. Katie Blaikley! Home late. Tired. Supper and to bed at 9.30. Read “Mrs Thompson” W.B. Maxwell.

Thursday 22nd May 1919

Fine. Hot.
To town, via Earl’s Court, where paid electric bill. On to Golders Green to 47 Hampstead Way to fetch things from trunk. Home at 2 (via Bank). Lunch. Rested till 3.30. To Aldwych! Via Liberty’s. Gave address to Hyson. Home ’96. Supper. Parcel to Captain Guild and saw his flat. Wrote to Aunt Bella, Tades.

Friday 23rd May 1919

Fine. Hot.
I very busy all day. Unwell. Machined, sewed, ironed. At tea-time Captain Guild gave me ticket for Russian Ballet, so I alone to Alhambra at 8.30. Very wonderful Lubov Tchernicheva, Lopokova, Sokolova.


Saturday 24th May 1919

Fine. Hot.
Busy packing. Arranging and washing To Selfridge’s for frock and to Sainsbury’s for sugar for Alys. To Elm Park Road after tea to show new frock and hat. Ordered taxi for Monday.

20th Wrote Uncle Doc for chocolates and sent off letter to Tante.

Sunday 25th May 1919

Showery. Warm.
Busy, washing, sewing. To Aunt Alice’s to dinner and washed up with Polly. Home. Dressed, and to Styer’s to tea and sat in garden and stayed to supper. General Clemson(?) too. very interesting indeed. Marne. D.S.O. with bar. He and I in tube home. I packed till a.m.


Monday 26th May 1919

Fine. Hot.
Up at 6.30. Breakfast 7.30. 8.15 Waterloo train to Netley 9.35. Alys met me at Southampton. To Officers’ Quarters. Dinner. Kim very ill. Quiet p.m. To Hotel (Prince Consort) and shop with Alys. Colonel Houghton to tea. Very interesting. Showed us 440 birds from Sierra Leone. Cycled to Hotel after supper.


Tuesday 27th May 1919

Breakfast 8.30 in bed. Up on cycle to Alys’. She and I took Eva and Philip to bathe from beach. To Inn and sewed Alys’ dress. Up to dinner. Miss Davies and Captain Isaacs to tennis, tea and supper. I played several setts too. Lovely. Also with Captain Stevens. Kim very weak indeed.

Wednesday 28th May 1919

Breakfast 8.30 in bed. To Post Office. Sent wire to Derwent Water Hotel. To Alys. Wrote D.B. Wade. Dennis chloroformed Kim and did post mortem – enteritis. Eva bathed. Alys and Dennis to tennis party. Nash-Wortham’s. I tea with Eva and Phil and watched tennis. Dennis to dance at Southampton. Alys and I stayed home.

Thursday 29th May 1919

Hot. Very fine.
Up to Quarters. With Alys to Southampton. Shopped Lunch. Back at 3.30. Doris out in evening. Alys cooked omelette. Miss Harmer to supper. Cleared away and washed up.

Friday 30th May 1919

Hot, fine.
Hot bath. To Quarters. Wrote Tades. Took Eva and Philip to bathe. Very hot. Lunch. Alys and Dennis to call on Mrs Carr (General’s wife). I to Post Office and changed. Eva and Philip to Thomson’s to tea and Dobby and Tommy back to supper here. Walked to station with them, and I to Inn 10.15.

Saturday 31st May 1919

Fine. Warm.
To Quarters. Cleaned walls and dusted. Bathed Eva and Philip. Lunch. On cycle to buy buns. Tennis all p.m. I only watched. Captain Cooper’s tea in Mess. Captain and Mrs Lyell to tea with Alys. Major Stephens asked but didn’t stay. Out on seat after supper, talked to Captain Glayson.

Gave Mrs Francis 10/- on 26th
Tarling No 10. Taxi.

Sunday 1st June 1919

Fine. Hot.
Walked up. Tyre purchased. Dennis to Weymouth in car. Mrs Nash-Wortham in. Alys and I out to Huts. Miss Harmer in. Dennis and Captain Stevens in late to tea. 6.15. Doris out, Supper. With Dennis on pier after till 10. Then back to Inn.

Monday 2nd June 1919

Letter from Lloyd George and Willis! Up to Quarters. Mrs Forsyth called. Alys washed. I wrote Willis after lunch. After tea, Alys and I played tennis with Captain and Mrs Cowes. Alys dressed and to Southampton to dinner party – Ella Davis and Captain Isaac’s engagement. Dennis also.

Tuesday 3rd June 1919

Fine. Cooler.
Up to Quarters. Alys and I to Southsea for day to shop. Bought long coat for Alys, suit for Phil, sandshoes. Grey suede shoes for me. Lost train at Portsmouth, so only home at 8.40. Supper and I cycled back to Inn.

Wednesday 4th June 1919

Rain. Warm.
Darned stockings. To Quarters. Phil put on new suit, grey flannel. After lunch, cycled to Inn for keys. Dennis to London to see Sir J. Bland Sutton about post. Alys and I out to Y.M. (Y.M.C.A. Hut) and round. After supper down to watch dance at Y.M. and to see Miss Alford. I slept with Alys.

Thursday 5th June 1919

Up very late. Searched Honours List. Dusted. Went to pack, after tea. Dennis stayed on in London. Doris out. I stayed on at the Quarters for night.

Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Friday 6th June 1919

Fine. Hot.
Down to Inn. To Station 2/6 in landau. Off 10.30 to Southampton. Brockenhurst, Lymington, and steamer to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. Mr Baxter met me. To Yew Tree House to stay. Sat on Terrace – tea there. Kathleen Evans bathed. After supper to Hotel to see the Dodge’s. Gramophone.

Saturday 7th June 1919

Mist, then hot.
Sea-fret. Out in garden. And to Hotel to see Dodges’ again, and to Church to see Louise XIV statue. Mayonnaise-making after dinner and then walk with F.F.B. and Kathleen. Dodge’s to tea, on terrace. On beach with Kathleen. Told about E.B. in evening, after supper.

St James Church, St James Street, Yarmouth, Isle Of Wight,

Sunday 8th June 1919

To Hotel to telephone. Sat in garden. Back. I wrote Tades. Out at 2.30 for motor drive (all) to North of Island. Saw Freshwater, Blackgang, Ventnor, and tea at Godshill. Back via Newport, Shale and supper (the Dodge’s came).

Monday 9th June 1919

Fine. Dull a.m.
Mrs Baxter off to town at 6 a.m. to see Mrs Walkup (Serbia Relief). F.F.B. and I out and sketched in lane (in oils) in a.m. and again all p.m. To tea at 5 with the Dodge’s at Pier Hotel. At 8.30 in motor to Newport to meet Mrs Baxter and home by 10.

pier hotel

Tuesday 10th June 1919

Very fine.
Quiet a.m. drawing on terrace. Bathed with Kathleen at 11.30. Lovely. Sat on terrace after dinner, and Dodge’s to say goodbye. After tea, F.F.B. and I walked on Bouldnor Estate. Blue-slipper clay. Evening on terrace and in sitting room. Bed at 11.


Wednesday 11th June 1919

Very hot and fine.
Packed and sat on terrace. Mrs Baxter read aloud “The Young Visitors”. Lunch at 12.30. I away by steamer at 1.15. Met Colonel Armstrong at Brockenhurst, travelled 1st to Southampton. To Netley. Mrs Twining and Joan (2) to tea in grounds. Supper. Out to water croquet lawn. Read “The Young Visitors” – Daisy Ashford – Chatto and Windus.

Miss Miles died 13th.

Thursday 12th June 1919

Gale all day. Hot.
Up to Quarters. Wildly windy. Wrote Ethel about Miss Miles. With Alys to see Sale. Lunch. Alys and Doris to Sale. Red Cross Hostel. I with Philip all p.m. After tea. Alys and Dennis croquet and I wrote Doz. After support read aloud again to Dennis and Alys until 10.15. Back on cycle to Prince Consort.

Friday 13th June 1919

Up to Quarters. Alys to Hamble. Both to Netley village. To tea at the Lyle’s and played with hay. Alys, children and I. Strawberries – first this year. Alys, Dennis and I cycled to Hamble. Ferry to Warsash, “The Rising Sun:” and had lobster supper and cider. Good. 19/- for 3. Back 10.30.

the rising sun warsash
The Rising Sun, Warsash

Saturday 14th June 1919

About village with Alys; to stores. Wrote 5 letters. Bank, Mrs Francis, Mrs Lycett. To village again at 4 with Alys. Dennis played croquet with the General (Carr) who came up to tea (Major Stephen’s tea in Mess). Alys and Dennis both croqueted with General – 5.30 till 7.30.

To Baxters over Whitsun.
Paid Mrs F till 12th inclusive but not for Observer.
Wrote Tante 12th
Sent Mrs Francis 4/- for 19th
8 weeks since heard from Tante (12th).

Sunday 15th June 1919

Very fine.
Alys busy cooking Sunday dinner, all a.m. Dennis to arsenic poison case and Thomson’s. Alys made scones for tea and ginger cakes in evening. Mrs Harmar in, in evening.

Monday 16th June 1919

Very fine.
To Quarters. Alys washing in a.m. Dennis for picnic on motor-launch. Alys and I to Southampton. To call on Mrs Davis. Out. Croquet lawn after supper till 10.

Tuesday 17th June 1919

Very fine.
Cleaned silver with Eva and Philip. Alys ironing. Mrs Donaldson to lunch. Nice. Dennis sailed with General Carr. Alys made cakes. Dennis played croquet with General. Wrote Ethel.


Wednesday 18th June 1919

Hot. Fine.
To Quarters. Dusted. Then back and packed trunk. Very hot. To dinner with Alys. All to station. Alys, Eva and I by 3.12. to London. Late dinner at Waterloo. Taxi to Redclife Road. Round to Aunt Alice’s . In garden. Mrs Lemon there. To bed at home.

Drought ended 20th

Thursday 19th June 1919

Fine, windy.
I unwell. All three to town. Trying to buy frock and hat, Eva and taking her to Thew. Lunch Shoolbred’s. To Belgian Consulate, Bedford Square to get passports visa’d. To Debenham and Freebody’s. Tea there. To Kardomah and home. To 6 Elm Park Road and talked. Eva read in my room. Supper and to bed.

Friday 20th June 1919

Rain all day.
I unpacked. Alys and Eva out to shop. I to Belgian Military Office to have passports endorsed. Met the others and lunch at Selfridge’s. Shopped. To my Bank, Finchley Road for Lease of Haunch of Venison to Smith. Home. Very wet. Strawberries and cream. Cooler. Damp.

Saturday 21st June 1919

Out to shops and to Cook’s to buy tickets for Brussels. Lunch at Bouldnor Estate. Blue-slipper clay; to Hippodrome. Geo. Robey. Very good. Tea Maison Lombardy. Home by No 14. Alys to Sainbury’s.


Sunday 22nd June 1919

Quiet morning. To National History Museum in p.m. and South Kensington Victoria and Albert Museum. Alys to Elm Park Road.

Monday 23rd June 1919

To town, to Burberry;s and bought fur coat. Alys and Eva to lunch at Eva Webb’s and tea at Friede’s. I lunch Buszard’s and home. Prepared for supper. Aunt Alice to supper. Washed up. To bed 11.15. Wrote Aunt Bella.

Tuesday 24th June 1919

In all a.m. doing odd jobs. Shoolbred’s man came. To lunch at “Wayside”. To Selfridge’s. To Russell’s. Got things for Aunt Bella. Alys to Eva Webb’s to supper. Eva and I to Elm Park Road. I with Aunt Alice to hear Baroness de T’Serclaes speak – Trenches for 3 ½ years. Home.

British nurse and ambulance driver in World War I

Wednesday 25th June 1919

Fine. Windy.

Out shopping alone. Bought things for de Baeremaeckers. Lunch Selfridges’ downstairs. Alys and Eva lunch with “Dobby”. Home. Tades and Dorothy to tea. Busy. Strawberries. To Miss Palmer’s about rent. Alys to 6 Elm Park Road.

Thursday 26th June 1919

Alys and Eva to Thew’s and shops. I busy all day packing. They back after lunch but to tea at Mrs Tidy’s. Eva had new plate for teeth. All round to Elm Park Road after supper. Aunt Alice had sprained ankle and was in bed.


Friday 27th June 1919

Up at 6 a.m.. Off in motor, calling for Tades at Elm Park Road.. Charing Cross. Left 8.45. Dover – Ostende ‘Pieter de Koninck” – big ship. Nice. Luggage examined at Ostende. Left 4.46. Arrived Brussels 7.10. Aunt Bella met us. Victoria to 13 rue de L’Aurora. Uncle Pierre very well. Dinner and to bed soon after 9.30.


Saturday 28th June 1919

Dull. Warm. Windy.
Tades with Aunt Bella to town to market. I unpacked all a.m. Lunch 12.30 (rather dinner). Gave Aunt Bella presents and her commissions. Stockings, gloves. Out with her to buy tongue. Man to re-hang chandeliers, which had been hidden from Germans for 4 years.

To Brussels 27th
Letter from Tante 23rd – at last.

Poems from Chicago – 24th – Wrote E.P.D.
£2.7.6. single 1st class Brussels.

Sunday 29th June 1919

Dull. Cool.
Uncle Pierre’s Fête day. Busy preparing for big dinner at 1 o’clock. Monsieur and Madame Van Demme, Major Meeus, Madame Geurcaire, Mademoiselle Eva. Speeches. All stayed till 6.30! Tea. Quiet evening. Uncle Pierre to bed early. We also at 8. Sent letter to Alys.

Monday 30th June 1919

Cold. Dull.
Quiet day. Tades and I to take notes to Madame Bruère and Cauderlier, and to Marchés for eggs. 62 centimes each. Dinner. 12.30. Out again with Tades to Mademoiselle Verel. Took her boots. Back at 5. Monsiuer and Madame Schröder came at 6. Tea. Looked at postcards of Ostend.










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