15 April 1916; Saturday

On parade in the morning. Major inspected and complimented our room.

Inspection by G.O.C1.

We paraded on the square and formed in line. Afterwards formed a square while he made a speech. The band played and it was quite a flash affair. Walked around Ecclesall2 way in the afternoon with Plummer. Called in the Mappin Art Gallery3. Tea at Lyons’ café4 and afterwards went to Victoria Hall with Plummer. Good concert. Miss Eva Rich’s5 choir. Walked round market place afterwards.

  1. “G.O.C.”: General Officer Commanding. 

  2. “Ecclesall”: SW. suburb of Sheffield, 2½ miles from city centre. 

  3. Mappin Art Gallery, now Weston Park Museum (marked on map). See Sheffield map

  4. J. Lyons & Co., the same company as also famously imported tea, had a large and very successful nationwide chain of cafés. There would have been a Lyons’ café in most large towns at this time. Interestingly, though irrelevantly, Lyons was also the first company anywhere to incorporate computers into its business operations, which it did in the early 1950s. Lyons’ computing efforts were so successful that its computer business was later spun off, eventually forming part of ICL, now owned by Fujitsu. 

  5. Miss Eva Rich: The “Musical News & Herald” of 21 October 1922, regarding a performance of ‘Lohengrin’ by the Sheffield & District Grand Opera Society the previous week, observes that “Miss Eva Rich’s reappearance, after two years’ retirement from public singing, as Elsa, caused intense interest, and resulted in a personal as well as an artistic triumph.” She is also mentioned in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2005-2008, not with an entry of her own, but as a teacher of the Sheffield-born operatic baritone Peter Glossop (1928-2008).