Line still unbroken, with Indian troops in reserve

Not only did Florence Vansittart Neale have to lose a footman to the armed forces, her daughter Elizabeth (nicknamed Bubbles or Bubs) was going to nurse the wounded.

28 August 1914
Sent off my recruit, George Bennett our 2nd footman…

To Windsor to find rooms for Bubs & May [Turner?]. Got them opposite hospital. Brought back dear little cat, most friendly….

Fussed over hospital clothes. Mrs [Beever?] & Mrs Acland came to tea – she also running hospital at Welwyn….

Meeting at Vic: [illegible] about National Relief Fund.

Fierce battle still going on. Sir J French says line not broken. Fighting against much larger numbers. Line still unbroken. This going back rather. Fear heavy casualties. Another army ready, & Indian troops.

Diary of Florence Vansittart Neale (D/EX73/3/17/8)