“Once bit twice shy”: a job for Apsley Cherry-Garrard

After the collapse of his scheme to use dogs to look for wounded soldiers, Apsley Cherry-Garrard was in no hurry to accept a war job, but he told his lawyer was considering another opportunity. He was not among those expecting the war to be over by Christmas.

Dear Mr Farrer

I have not been in [to the lawyer’s office] because I am not sure if I am going to take a job helping to run a converted yacht with wounded etc. I want a job if possible, but the doctor here [at Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire] refuses me medically – however I think something will turn up. But I won’t be hurried – once bit twice shy. So perhaps it is better to wait a while – especially as Kit [Drover?] says that war is going on 3 years.

Yours very sincerely

Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Aug 28

Letter from Apsley Cherry-Garrard to Arthur Farrer, D/EHR/Z8/127