Witley, July 27, 1917

Friday         The King inspected the Artillery at about 11:30 this am weather was good and inclined to be warm Had the afternoon off I was on duty gun park Rec’d 2 letters from [Janie] this morning Shall write tomorrow Got the pictures this p.m. that we took 2 weeks ago

Royal Inspection Dodds

Percy is more interested in his mail than in the inspection, it seems. It may be that he was actually on duty in the gun park while the king and queen visited. Bertie Cox was luckier: “He stood behind my gun for a few minutes talking to the Major, so I had a good look at him.” (1)

The War Diary’s official note reads thus:

“[Their] [Majesties] The King & Queen accompanied by H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught, inspected the Camp & work of the 5th Can. Divn. They visited the stables of 13th Bde, saw the 14th Bde at Gun drill & the D.A.C. sections on Mounted F.S.[Field Service] Marching order. During the visit, the 13th Bde. turned out in F.S. Marching order. Everything went well.” (2)

Or perhaps Percy was the lucky one, if in fact he was spared the need to rush into field service marching order at a moment’s notice on a day that was “inclined to be warm.”

The photograph of King George inspecting the Fifth Divisional Artillery at Witley comes from the Brigadier General W.O.H. Dodds Fonds.Special Collections and University Archives, University of Victoria

(1) Cox, Bertram Howard. Letter to his sister Leila, August 15, 1917. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.
(2) War Diary of the Fifth Canadian Divisional Artillery. Vol. 6 (July 1917): 3. Library and Archives of Canada.

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”
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