The Diaries of Elinor Ritchie, 1915

Audio footage of extracts from the diaries

Read by Jennifer Ayto

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January 5 1915

Humphrey has now become a Member of the Inns of Court Reserve Corps and drills there three times a week.

January 26

Letter from Beatrix describing being met at Cairo by a deputy from Algy who took her to Abbassia where he met her in a nice doctor’s house. She is to be a paying guest there till they get married quarters together.

Wednesday February 4

The Turks in considerable force have attacked Suez Canal in places. Completely routed – not by the Herts Yeomanry thanks be.

February 18

Humphrey to my great surprise told me that Colonel Baring was offering Algy a Commission in the Lothian and Border Regiment. I am sorry they should leave Egypt and be quartered at Edinburgh in bitter March weather.

Friday April 9

Algy ceases to be a Lance Corporal in Herts Yeomanry and is gazetted 2nd lieut in the Lothian and Border Horse.

Monday May 31

Everyone left early – Beatrix before eight to do Red Cross work at Wych Cross where there are now 50 soldiers.

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