30 August 1914; Sunday

At church and Sunday School as usual. Spoke to Hector MacDonald about Ranald1. Mr Chadwick preaching. Had long talk with Willie Peake about Chadwicks. Talked to Arthur Marshall about the Debating Society. Wet day. Short walks. Bought special Echoes and heard about the 5 to 6000 English being lost, also that the Germans were withdrawing some men from Belgium to send to Prussia2.

  1. Intermittent correspondence with Ranald MacDonald continues throughout the diaries. 

  2. One might expect “Russia” rather than “Prussia”, but the shorthand is clear; presumably “to defend the Prussian E. frontier.”