VADs to Reading for a meeting

26 April 1919

Took my VADs to Reading for meeting – Mary, Phyllis, Lottie, Mrs Mead & Katie Paine. Had tea at Heelas.

Found 3 Canadians arrived on our return! 2 brothers Erb & one Williams.

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11 weeks illness

Phyllis Vansittart Neale, who had had a severe attack of influenza, was well enough to come home.

15 February 1919

Phyllis came home from Hospital. 11 weeks illness!

Foggy morning, so felt anxious for Phyllis but Shaw brought her back all right with Newton & Sister Simpson about 4 o’clock. Bore journey very well. Looks pale & thin. Had tea & bed early.

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Inciting to Bolshevism

Eduard Soermus was an Estonian musician and revolutionary who had been living in Wales.

8 February 1919

Dottie says German prisoners are no longer to be used but make way for our own men. Tuck came back demobilized!…

Strikes still continuing. No undergrounds or tubes running,. Many people taken to work in Army lorries. Conferences going on. A Russian violinist “Soermus” taken up – inciting to Bolshevism. He in Brixton, is to be deported.

Phyllis changed room – by herself to escape flu patients.

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Candles and flour in case of strikes

Phyllis Vansittart Neale recovered from the flu and lived another 40 years. Meanwhile industrial unrest was increasing.

4 February 1919

I off by 9.3 to London. Walked to Hyde Park Corner across park. Found P[hyllis] looking white, but temp. down. Had walked across room. All other patients have “flu” – return of the complaint. Took my lunch & sat with her till ¼ to 2, then bus to EVN….

Still tube strike & others!! Londoners getting in candles against electricians’ strike. Told to have flour if bakers strike!!


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Strikes everywhere

Civil unrest threatened the postwar peace.

1 February 1919

Strikes everywhere. Baton charges at Glasgow…

Heard about Phyllis’s first walk! So pleased.

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Six steps

There was real progress for Phyllis.

30 January 1919

Phyllis on sofa from 5.15 to 7.15, & between 2 Sisters walked 6 steps – & her temperature had not risen! Most thankful.

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Really better

Phyllis was gradually recovering.

28 January 1919

I off by 9.3 to London…

Found Phyllis looking really better. More herself, her eyes very blue. Seymour turned up, & masseuse. Sisters had lifted her on sofa a little while last night. Hopes Dr will let her lie there soon for a change. Tube still in, rather hurting. Less discharge.

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Very good account of Phyllis Vansittart Neale

It was better news for the Vansittart Neales.

16 January 1919

Very good account of Phyllis. The Colonel had tested the lung & said it was better.

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News from the hospital

12 January 1919

Newton telephoned. P[hyllis]s’s temperature had been up but better. She inoculated this morning so keeping her quiet, so I did not go down.

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To Paris for Peace Conference

British politicians headed to France to sort out peace terms.

11 January 1919

Lloyd George & Bonar Law went to Paris today for Peace Conference.

H & I round by J & B Farrer to fetch a pheasant they were giving to Phyllis. She had a bad night. Much pain with tube. Surgeon put in a smaller one. Very good sleep after lunch but still tired.

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A black doctor

Florence Vansittart Neale was interested to encounter a non-white doctor, perhaps for the first time.

8 January 1919

Rather better day with Phyllis. Had inoculation – given by black doctor! in arm.

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Much excited

The long awaited Lawson Tait bed had arrived.

6 January 1919

We heard bed arrived at Mortimer St. Fetched Henry from Paddington, then bed, & took it to Hospital. P[hyllis] much excited.

H & I to lunch at Club – got back about ¼ to 4. P. very tired so left early. She to be put on bed after her washing. Brought her more Muscat grapes.

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Blowing bubbles

The Vansittart Neales hovered over Phllis in London.

4 January 1919

H ∓ I off early to hospital as he off to Bisham 11.20 to meet Mr Lawrence about sale next Wednesday. I sat with P till lunch. The wound hurting. Dr to dress it. Lunch at lawn & back there till 5 when Shaw came for me…

Phyllis to have vaccine inoculation & to blow bubbles.

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Europe seething with Bolshevism

Florence Vansittart Neale was terrified by the prospect of Europe-wide revolution.

3 January 1919

Europe seems seething with Bolshevism.

P[hyllis] slowly gaining ground. H & I picked up Seymour Barrow to see P. Found her fairly well. Not quite so good a night… Fancy dance at hospital. P. lent Russian dress to Sister Bonsall.

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Enchanted

Phyllis was still suffering the after effects of influenza, but pleased with visitors.

1 January 1919

Took Ag back 10 am & then on to hospital. Not such a good day. Very severe coughing fit.

Brandy & Major Shaw. She enchanted! Rather tired all afternoon.

I found my way home. Perfectly drenching night – had new hat! Borrowed Mrs P’s umbrella.

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