A grim, unpleasant day, as Friday the 13th might be expected to be, although the sun shone brightly and the weather was remarkably spring-like. At lunch at Rose’s Hervey Benham was sitting at one table with a little dark man, and as the room was very crowded I had no choice but to join them. H.B. was in a worse mood than I have ever known him before, indeed he talked such conceited puerile rubbish about the war that I felt physically ill, and felt I was on the verge of doing some awful thing in front of everybody in the café. As it was, I took advantage of the fact that lunch was late in being served to get up and walk out of the place, which I fear annoyed Rose. I had to make with a scrap lunch at Jacklin’s, which was also very crowded.
When I got back to the office, Joanna was there, rather upset about something she had accidentally overheard Nott say on the telephone about her Land Army job. I told her to ignore it, as there was nothing he could do to hurt her. He is of course very keen to get one of his lady friends into the position.
Meeting at 3 o’clock in the Grand Jury Room, both the Lexden & Winstree and the Tendring War Agricultural District Committees to hear
Old Mrs. Grubb was buried in the Friends Ground in
It was only when I saw the evening paper tonight that I realised what a staggering victory had been won by the Germans yesterday, when they brought their three biggest warships up the Channel in the face of great opposition, which no doubt would have been greater but for the usual refusal on the part of the Navy and the RAF to co-operate. Forty two RAF planes were shot down. The audacity of the affair was amazing. [The German forces called this ‘Operation Cerberus’ and it is also known as the 'Channel Dash']. I hear several destroyers went out from Harwich, and one on returning landed a number of dead.
Almost all the German Navy is now in the
Tonight about 9.30 Mrs Parrington ‘phoned to ask me over to lunch on Sunday. Penelope will be there. I was at once considerably cheered. Then Poulter came in to say that he had heard that both he and I were definitely omitted from the Corporation Staff Grading Scheme [for the Museum]. I do not know whether or not I ought to resign.