At the end of the diary, he adds:
23rd We got back into camp about 2 o’c this morning the night was starlight & the air smelt sweet and pure tinged with a faint smell of fruit blossom
Gertrude, known always as Gert, is Percy’s eldest surviving sister, almost thirteen years his senior. Married to James Brisley, she has a daughter, Alice, who is by now eleven years old. According to the 1911 census, James was a labourer/rivetter, working in a dockyard. They lived in a two-bedroom terraced house at 60 Hartington Street in Chatham, Kent, about twenty miles west of Faversham. The picture at right shows the house in 2014.