Another brilliant day, fine and warm, all sign of rain gone. Wind backing towards S.E. In the early morning there was quite a thick fog, but it soon cleared away.
Wrote to the Adjutant of the Royal Observer Corps tonight, asking for an interview [to work on one of the outposts].
Still thinking about going [to Shrewsbury]. Nothing from Mary Hulbert yet, but of course there has hardly been time. Went into my finances again, and although I am afraid I owe between £40 and £50 (including income tax, £33) my balance is pretty good, and absolves me from money worries for at least a year. Went to the library tonight, and worked out a route to
in case I had to cycle there. Roughly
200 miles, so could do it in 4-5 days.
Lovely still evening, very quiet until ‘planes began night flying about 9.30. All the landing lights were on at Boxted, looking like the lights of a town as we used to see them. Planes cruising about very low, red and green lights glowing like coloured stars.
Nice little paragraph in the ‘Evening News’ tonight, stating that paper bombs have been dropped on Baghdad by Iraqi planes during some sort of ‘war weapons week!’ General Nuri al-Said is recorded as saying “These bombs are a reminder of the air-raids suffered by the people of
Britain, and of the hardship and
suffering caused”. One would have
thought that the Iraqi needed no such reminders, considering the sufferings
caused to them by the RAF in the 1920s.
Many of the senior officers of the service, who now organise the bombing
of German and neutral cities, went through their early training out there when
they had the exquisite satisfaction of dropping high-explosive bombs onto Arab
villages and tents, knowing that retaliation was impossible.
William Scawen Blunt, in his diaries, shows how our Prime Minister has been able not only to achieve his early ambitions but to go far beyond them in this direction, when he records that Churchill told him (21/10/1912) that the Government “would be obliged to take some action against the Mullah, (in Somaliland) not an expedition, which was too expensive an affair, but they would send aeroplanes to drop bombs into the Arab camps.” He then went on to describe how his regiment had speared the wounded Dervishes at
Blunt says “How like his father!”
Miss Bentley’s sister is up from
Hove on a visit.
Strictly speaking she has no business to come into this Defence Area at
all, but no attempt is being made to stop people yet, either at Liverpool St or at
Colchester Station. Told Miss Bentley that is
was improbable that she would be troubled unless she attempted to get
her ration book changed, and this is unnecessary as she has brought her rations
Felt nervous tonight and expected an attack. Sat up until the moon rose at 1a.m., but nothing happened. Few planes about, and signal searchlights.